Kern County Supervisor Speaks Out After Criminal Charges

Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez spoke out for the first time last week since conflict of interest charges were filed against her by the Kern County District Attorney's Office. Perez could not address the allegations, outlined here, but thanked a growing list of supporters who have rushed to her defense.

"This has been the most humbling experience of my life for lots of reasons," Perez said at Monday night's budget hearing. "To see the outpouring of support from members of this community from every background and every walk of life. Folks that I never would have expected to just be so supportive. It is really very special. Very beautiful to me and my family. And I want to say thank you to all of those who are hopeful of a good outcome.”

The charges against Perez center around her vote on a local cannabis ban, which was cast while her husband was working as a consultant for a marijuana business. As readers of CalMarijuanaNews may recall, Perez recused herself from all future cannabis-related matters in May. She has also pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges against her.

The Mexican Legal Defense Fund and the Dolores Huerta Foundation are among those publicly defending Perez. MALDEF has asked the state’s attorney general to look into the charges against her, which it believes to be politically motivated.