Assembly Member Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, announced Friday afternoon he will not run for the California State Senate District 16 seat that became open last week when Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield, unexpectedly resigned.
"I would like to thank the many friends and supporters that reached out to me with their encouragement to run for the open Senate seat. I am truly humbled by the outpouring of bipartisan support," Perea said in a news release. He is now at an Assembly workshop in downtown Fresno on proposed legislation to retrofit California schools and make them more energy efficient.
"While the opportunity to serve in the California State Senate is appealing, I made a commitment to my constituents to serve and meet the needs of my Assembly district. I also made a commitment to my wife and family to create a balance between my home life and work. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our second child in July and I want to uphold my commitment to my family and the 31st Assembly District."
Perea said he plans to spend the next four years in the Assembly "fighting for my constituents to create new jobs, provide clean drinking water and investing more in education."
The question remains as to who will run in a special election that will be held either late this spring or early summer.