Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez broke her silence Monday night, six days after she was charged with two misdemeanors related to her vote last year on regulating the marijuana industry while her husband actively lobbied for it.
She couldn’t talk about the case because of the gag order, but Perez expressed gratitude to her supporters.
This has been the most humbling experience of my life for lots of reasons. And to see the outpouring of support from members of this community from every background and every walk of life, folks that I would never have expected to just be so supportive. It is really very special, really beautiful to me and my family. I want to say ‘thank you’ to all of those who are hopeful of a good outcome. That remains to be seen. We trust our institutions of justice to administer justice. But certainly there is a lot of support in the community. I’m grateful for that support and I want to work even harder than I ever have before in demonstration of that gratitude.
Perez’s supporters plan to gather at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Liberty Bell in Downtown Bakersfield with the goal of escorting her into the Board of Supervisors meeting.