Assemblyman Manuel Perez Announces Candidacy for 4th District
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PALM SPRINGS - The Democrats of the Desert are building momentum for the upcoming elections; that’s because one of the seats up for grabs is the Supervisor of the 4th District. Today, the Democrats held their annual Activists Awards Luncheon where some big announcements were made. "We pick two people to honor for being activists. One person for being an activist for the past year and one for being a lifetime activist,” says Vice President of Democrats of the Desert Robert Westwood.
Betty McMillion works for Rverside County and was a crucial part of the redistricting process of the Inland Empire's 36th District; a district that helped to vote in democratic Congressman Raul Ruiz. Before him, Republican Mary Bono Mack held the seat. "I have to commend the Redistricting Commission at the state level. They totally stuck top the plan. They made sure it wasn't up to registration but up to the geographic boundary,” says McMillion. In fact, three other democratic seats were won because of that redistricting. "It is the first time in over 30 years we have democrats in office and we need them there,” says McMillion.
Greg Rodriguez is being awarded activist of the year. He says he's been an activist all his life. "It started with the LGBT movement in my early 20's. I have an autistic son so I deal with issues like that. I also have dealt with women who have hit the glass ceiling so I have experience with women’s issues,” says Rodriguez.
Assemblyman Manuel Perez of the 56th District was there with a big announcement as well. “Today I’m announcing my candidacy for Supervisor of District 4 of Riverside County,” says Perez. He says there are stark differences between him and his opponent and also incumbent, Republican John Benoit. "Dealing with the Salton Sea, issues of farmworkers, dealing with jobs, comprehensive immigration reform. Being able to connect the state government with federal government. I also believe, in my opinion, it is right to have a local in office,” says Perez.
Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande has confirmed he will run against democratic Congressman Raul Ruiz in the upcoming 2014 elections. Nestande currently represents the 42nd District which includes parts of the Coachella valley including Beaumont, Yucca Valley and Palm Springs.