Who are the candidates for States 16th Senate District: Andy Vidak, Leticia Perez?

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On July 23, polling locations will open for the State 16th District Senate vacant seat.

The seat for 16th District Senate became available after former Senator Michael Rubio resigned in February.

In May, Republican Andy Vidak won the initial Special Election by 4,000 votes, but late mail-in and provisional ballots counted several days later, pushed him under the 50 percent mark making tomorrow's election necessary.

Before heading to the poll though, one question may pop in voters' minds: Who are the two candidates for State 16th District Senate?

Andy Vidak

Andy has developed an understanding of California's economic and water issues as a lifelong Central Valley resident and farmer.

According to his website, he's worked closely with agricultural advocacy groups such as 'Families Protecting the Valley'. His website also says that he's also taken leadership roles in developing new approaches and solutions to the water, economic and regulatory problems that exist in the Central Valley.

Andy is a graduate Redwood High School and Texas Tech University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Business.

After graduating from Texas Tech, Andy returned to the Central Valley where he worked in the produce industry for farming and packing operations.  Since 1997, Andy has had his own cherry farm in Hanford, Calif., and a cattle ranch in Tulare County.

Andy Vidak was born in Visalia, Calif., and is the third generation of his family that is born and raised in the Valley.

Leticia Perez

Leticia is the current Kern County Supervisor for District 5. She also volunteers on numerous boards, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Community Service Organization, New Life Recovery Training Center, and is an Attorney Coach for the South High Mock Trial Team.

Before her role as supervisor, she served as a member and Chair of the Kern County Planning Commission, a consultant for Economic Development and the State Permitting Process for the 16th Senate District, and a lawyer in the Kern County Public Defender's Office.

She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara. where she attended law school.

Leticia was raised in East Bakersfield, where she was raised alongside a dozen foster children and attended public schools 

(Information about both candidates was taken from their websites: vidakforsenate.com and leticiaperez.org.)

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