Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez has kicked off what’s bound to be one of the valley’s most high profile campaigns of 2014.
After two weeks of inquiries by The Desert Sun – including an offer to conduct an interview solely by email – Perez has notified reporters that he won’t be answering any questions until a Friday press conference in Palm Desert.
“Due to the fact that I am currently working on policy in Sacramento, fulfilling my duties as Assistant Majority Floor Leader and attending committee meetings all week, I will not be available for interviews until Friday,” Perez, a Coachella Democrat, said in the statement.
“I ask for your patience and consideration in this request.”
It should be noted that plenty of other local leaders – Republican and Democratic alike –have juggled legislative and campaign duties while responding to local media inquiries.
Perez on Sunday officially announced his plans to challenge Supervisor John Benoit, a Republican from Bermuda Dunes.
The race is for a nonpartisan seat. But it has already mobilized both political parties.
Friday’s press conference starts at noon at Freedom Park in Palm Desert.