First Latino to Serve on Riverside County Board

First Latino to Serve on Riverside County Board

Shiane D. Jacocks

V Manuel Perez

On May 9, Governor Jerry Brown appointed former Assemblymember and Majority Leader V. Manuel Perez to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. 

This appointment will initiate Perez as the first Latino to serve on the Board, a change reflective of a county that now consists of a majority Latino and other ethnicities. 

“We applaud Governor Jerry Brown for having the vision to appoint Manuel Perez to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Manuel Perez has an outstanding record of public service to both Imperial and Riverside Counties,” stated James Ramos, Latino Caucus of California Counties President and San Bernardino County Supervisor. “I am confident he will be a great advocate for the diverse communities that make up the 4th Supervisorial District of Riverside County.” 

When the appointment was announced, Governor Brown highlighted Perez’s accomplishments as chief government and public affairs officer at Borrego Health since 2015, serving as an Assemblymember in the California State Legislature from 2008 to 2014, and as serving Director of Community Health and Advocacy at Santa Rosa Del Valle-Borrego Health from 2004 to 2008. Perez also earned his Master’s in Education, Administrative Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

The Latino Caucus of California Counties expressed their endorsement of Manuel Perez in a letter to the Governor in January of this year. 

Luis Alejo, Latino Caucus Vice-President and Monterey County Supervisor said, “Perez is the face of a growing Latino community in Riverside County and his leadership is needed now more than ever on the Board of Supervisors. He will be someone that can make sure all voices are included at a time when immigration and healthcare are under attack by our federal administration.” 

Perez will complete the term of Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit who passed away last December.

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