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Senate candidate Leticia Perez's house misplaced in wrong district

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Just as in the case of her predecessor Michael Rubio, Leticia Perez finds herself facing a controversy that her house on Alta Vista Drive is not inside the legally approved boundaries of the 16th state senatorial district.

Perez is one of several candidates now running for the special primary election for the district to be held May 21. Kern County Elections Chief Karen Rhea explained that when state redistricting was done in 2001, it was a process done by hand.

"There was an error," said Rhea.

Election workers mistakenly placed a sliver of homes on Alta Vista in the 16th District, when, in fact, those homes should have been placed in the 18th.

After discovering the error in 2010, Kern County Elections and the secretary of state's office agreed to have the Alta Vista Drive area remain in the 16th district.

For her part, Perez said she checked with Kern County Elections before announcing her candidacy to make sure her house was in the 16th district, and Rhea confirmed that.

"She's OK," said Rhea.