Sunday, December 11, 2016

Pérez was in the race, but now he's now out

Regent John Pérez had announced he was a candidate for a vacant congressional seat - which would have posed a problem for the Regents.* Other than the ex officio regents such as the governor, members of the regents have not been active candidates for office. But now Pérez says he is not a candidate after all, due to unspecified health reasons:

Citing a recent diagnosis of a serious health problem, former California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez said Saturday he is dropping out of the race to replace U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles). "I've got to focus on my health right now," Pérez said in an interview. "But it was a very hard decision." The 47-year-old Democrat declined to offer specifics about his condition, citing a desire to keep it private. But he said it was serious enough that it would keep him from waging a vigorous political campaign in 2017...

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