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Perea the Next Generation: Annalisa Runs for State Center Trustee
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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June 30, 2018

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Another Perea is running for public office.
Annalisa Perea announced her candidacy for State Center Community College District Trustee Area 5 today (June 29).
She is an urban planner with Quad Knopf Inc. She is also a member of various planning organizations.

“I have a background in not only crafting policy but implementing it. I have a strong core commitment to building and strengthening our community.”Annalisa Perea
After graduating from Cal Poly, the soon-to-be-31-year-old returned to Fresno.
“I don’t see myself anywhere else,” Perea said.
She said her background as a planner will help her on the school board.
“I have a background in not only crafting policy but implementing it. I have a strong core commitment to building and strengthening our community,” she said.
Her top policy goals include career technical education, and the availability of classes for students so they can transfer to four-year schools. Overseeing the addition of a new campus in west Fresno is also a priority for Perea.
“It is important to see the west Fresno campus come to fruition to help serve vulnerable populations,” she said.

Perea Political Dynasty

She is the daughter of Henry R. Perea and brother of Henry T. Perea. Both father and son held the Fresno City Council District 7 seat and ran unsuccessful campaigns for Fresno mayor.
The younger Perea served as a state Assemblyman from 2010-2015 before quitting mid-term to become a lobbyist.
The elder Perea also served on the Fresno County Board of Education and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. He is now the interim city manager of Selma.
This is the first time Annalisa is running for public office, a decision she made on her own.
“It is my personal commitment to give back and strengthen the Central Valley. It felt like the right time,” she said.

Support from Arias

The current occupant of the SCCCD seat is Miguel Arias, who will let his term lapse as he is running for Fresno City Council. He gave Perea a glowing recommendation.
“Annalisa Perea would be a perfect fit for our governing board. Her technical expertise as a city planner is a perfect match for the task our governing board has ahead of it, as we put two new projects into Fresno,” Arias said, referring to the west Fresno campus and the impending headquarters move to the Guarantee Building in downtown Fresno.
“She has the right resume for the governing board. Nobody is going to outwork her.”
Area 5 covers parts of central Fresno, including downtown and the Tower District.
No other challengers have publicly emerged. The deadline for candidates to file is Aug. 15.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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