A huge smile was on the face of Henry T. Perea after his father, Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea, read aloud that his son’s campaign had won the race for 31st Assembly at Veni Vidi Vici in the Tower District.
“We have been campaigning for this office for the last year and a half. It’s a big district; it runs from Firebaugh, Mendota and all the way out to Cutler-Orosi,” said Henry T. Perea. “We talked about the issues that are important to people: jobs, water and education. And that’s what I’m going to be focused on in the Assembly.”
On hand at Perea’s Election Night party was former Assemblyman Juan Arambula.
“Henry will make an excellent Assemblymember. I’m glad that he will be taking over after me,” said Arambula. “He has a lot going for him in terms of his experience. If he needs any advice, I’ll be happy to respond, but I’m not going to interfere or look over his shoulder.”
Arambula went on to say that Henry T. will be “a good voice for the Valley and that he understands the issues like water and economic development.”
“One of the first things we’ll need to look at is the Water Bond. We’ll need to make sure it stays on the ballot and that it doesn’t get opened up and completely ripped apart; that’s my biggest fear. The Water Bond is not perfect. There’s a lot of things that aren’t good about it, however, I think, there’s more good than bad. And so we need to make sure that as we continue this debate and that it gets on the 2012 ballot. And that it doesn’t reopened to a point that we start stripping out Central Valley projects. So that’s going to be my No. 1 priority.”
Several hundred constituents attended the Perea party at Veni Vidi Vici. Henry T. also said that he would call his former opponent Brandon Shoemaker to congratulate him on a good race.
“All of our constituents can be comforted in knowing they’re going to have a legislator who is going to be up there fighting for jobs, water and education,” said Henry T. Perea.