Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsement of Leticia Perez for Senate in the 16th District special election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Rubio. SEIU California’s endorsements are made in a town hall process in which members evaluate candidates’ policy positions, listen to them speak, interview them, and then make their recommendations. The town halls are open to all members in each district.
“We endorse Leticia Perez for State Senate because the Central valley needs more leaders who want to raise the standard of living and Leticia Perez will do just that,” said Dr. Sarah Assem, a primary care resident physician and CIR/SEIU delegate.
Leticia Perez was raised in East Bakersfield and worked in community development before attending law school. After attaining her legal credentials, she returned to Bakersfield to work as a public defender. The mother of a young son, Leticia also works and volunteers for many local organizations including Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
The primary special election for Senate District 16 will be held on May 21. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the top two candidates will appear on a runoff ballot July 23. Senate District 16 is located in the southern part of California’s Central Valley and includes Bakersfield and Fresno.
SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.