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Race For District 16 Seat: Vidak, Perez Make Final Pushes

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The runoff race for California's District 16 State Senate seat is boiling down to its last couple days.

Republican candidate Andy Vidak and democratic candidate Leticia Perez are making their final efforts to get out the vote for Tuesday's election.

The two were practically neck and neck in May's election with neither receiving more than 50 percent of the vote.

So now, the candidates are making their final rounds, going door-to-door and fighting for every vote they can get.

"I'm excited, I feel tremendously supported and we're going to bring it home on Tuesday, were going to win," said Perez, who spent Sunday afternoon addressing a large crowd.

Supporters listened intently and nodded as Perez reconfirmed her commitment to Central Valley people.

"My father was a farm worker, my mother was an army nurse and from a very young age they said to me, 'Leticia, you have got to be with the underdog, you have to fight for people because nothing else matters,'" she said.

She came up shy in votes in the May election, Perez says this is a second chance for her and for Valley democrats to choose a candidate who will represent their voice in Sacramento.

"The middle class scholarship act, I know that she will just be an advocate for that act, make sure that the information gets out into the community that needs to and build upon that. And make sure that we make college more affordable and more accessible for students, especially here in the Central Valley," said Perez supporter Gilbert Felix.

Education is just one of the issues Perez and her opponent, Vidak, have been wrestling over.

Last month, the two sat down for a heated debate in KMPH studios.

"Small investments in the minimum wage actually mean a more sustainable local economy," Perez said in the debate last month.

Vidak tackled the topic by saying, "We have got over a 130,000 people in this district who don't have a job. And raising the minimum wage is actually going to make it harder for them to a get a job."

Like Perez, Vidak has spent the last few months gaining momentum across the Valley.

Meeting with locals and listening to their concerns about what's not being done.

Vidak was scheduled to meet with KMPH on Sunday to discuss how he is preparing during these final days but he had to cancel due to family obligations.

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