V. Manuel Perez
|Victor Manuel Pérez|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 56th district
80th district (2008–2012)
December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Bonnie Garcia|
|Succeeded by||Eduardo Garcia|
June 18, 1973 |
|Alma mater||Harvard University
University of California, Riverside
|Occupation||Former Director of Community Health|
"Manny" Perez was born in Indio, California and raised in Riverside and Imperial County by his parents who met working in the area’s agricultural fields. He attended public schools, including UC Riverside, then returned home to teach before earning a master's degree at Harvard University.
Pérez is 1 of 10 co-founders of an organization called La Union Estudiantil de la Raza (U.E.R.), established October 6, 1992. UER is located at the University of California Riverside (UCR).
As a member of the Coachella Valley School Board, Perez secured $250 million to build new facilities. As a healthcare director, he worked towards expanding health coverage for everyone in the district, with an emphasis on providing services for children, expecting mothers, and seniors in need of medicine.
His first name is "Victor".
2008 California State Assembly run
In June, 2008, Pérez won his party's nomination as the Democratic candidate in California's 80th State Assembly district, which includes the eastern portion of Riverside County and all of Imperial County. Notwithstanding an acrimonious campaign by Republican hopeful Gary Jeandron, Perez was elected to the Assembly in November, 2008, and took office in December.
Pérez has stated that his priorities as an assembly member will be economic growth, stronger schools, expanded healthcare, and environmental protection.
- Marcel Honoré, "Jeandron, Perez Draw Contrasts in Debate", The Desert Sun, September 19, 2008.