Supervisor Perez’s husband: Family preparing for ‘political persecution’


County Supervisor Leticia Perez’s husband claims he and his family have joined “the ranks of our community’s civil rights heroes who have been politically persecuted in Kern County” after prosecutors began preparations to take action in a months-long investigation involving the supervisor and alleged conflicts of interest in a vote to legalize marijuana. 

“My family prepares for our time of political persecution,” Perez’s husband, Fernando Jara, said Friday in a post on Facebook. “We prepare ourselves to speak truth to tyrannical power.”

Jara concluded his post with the hashtag “#NoMoreSilence.” 

The post was viewable to the public in the morning but was not viewable as of the afternoon.

Jara’s post comes after the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit began investigating accusations of conflicts of interest involving Perez. 

On Oct. 24, Perez cast the lone vote to permit the sale of marijuana in the unincorporated areas of Kern County. 

Jara was actively involved in consulting and lobbying for marijuana interests leading up to that vote. 

The DA’s probe began after a 17 News investigation in February asked whether Perez had a conflict of interest due to her husband’s work. 

In February, Jara refused an interview request from 17 News, but said in a written statement “I am not involved in the current circus acts being paraded in the media.” 

Perez and Jara did not respond to multiple texts or calls made to them this week, but in May, Perez said she would abstain from future votes regarding marijuana legislation. 

District Attorney Lisa Green declined to comment on whether action would be taken against Perez, but sources told 17 News a decision is imminent. 

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