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BREAKING: John Perez Request Controller Vote Recount

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John Perez (Photo credit: Neon Tommy)

By Brian Hews and Randy Economy

(Los Angeles) Former California State Assembly Speaker John Perez is requesting a formal recount of the June primary campaign for California State Controller, in which he narrowly missed making the final runoff.

Perez was defeated by California State Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee from San Francisco by 481 for the second place slot.

Popular Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin took top vote, and both have already began campaigning against each other for the November General Election.

On Sunday after, Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper was sent the following statement from Perez.

“Thank you for your continued support.

Today, I am filing a request for a recount in the Controller’s race. Never in California history has the vote difference between two candidates for statewide office been so narrow, 481 votes or 1/100th of one percent, out of more than four million ballots cast. It is therefore of the utmost importance that an additional, carefully conducted review of the ballots be undertaken to ensure that every vote is counted, as intended.

Throughout my career, I have made voter registration and the defense of voting rights a core part of my work. As the former Chair of the California Voting Modernization Board, I know first hand how difficult it is to have an error-free counting of the votes. Like all who have waited since Election Day, I seek a final determination as quickly as possible.

Whatever the outcome of this effort, I am secure in knowing California Democrats will have a great, progressive leader who will represent California proudly and effectively as Controller.”

The counties in the recount include: Kern, Imperial, San Bernardino, Fresno, San Mateo, Orange, Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, Stanislaus, Tulare, Napa, Kings, Lake, and Merced.

HMG-CN will continue to follow the details of this situation as they develop.

Also, HMG-CN has a call into Betty Yee’s campaign as well as Swearengin’s campaign for comment.

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