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PSAR announces endorsement of Rafael Perez for San Diego Community College District

posted Jun 1, 2018, 4:34 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Jun 1, 2018, 4:38 PM ]
The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR) has announced its endorsement of REALTOR® member Rafael Perez for the San Diego Community College District “E.”

PSAR’s Government Affairs Committee recommended the endorsements to the PSAR board of directors, who then ratified the recommendation.

Perez, a member of the PSAR board of directors and a Cuyamaca College adjunct faculty member, is running for a four-year term on the college district’s Board of Trustees among a field of four candidates. The two top vote-getters will move on to face each other in the November general election.

District “E” in the San Diego Community College District includes the areas of Normal Heights, City Heights, Eastern North Park, Azalea Park, South Park, Fairmont Park, Golden Hill, Sherman Heights, Grant Hill, Mountain View, Logan Heights, Southcrest, Barrio Logan, Downtown, East Village and Shelltown.

“We are proud to endorse Rafael based on his commitment to economic empowerment through education and his dedication to students,” said Ditas Yamane, 2018 chair of PSAR’s South County Government Affairs Committee. “He is an experienced leader with an unwavering commitment to helping people get ahead.”

“I am honored and proud to accept the endorsement of PSAR,” Perez said. “If elected, my goals as a San Diego Community College trustee will be to build prosperity for students, provide a fighting chance for those who have fallen through the cracks and champion a climate-friendly campus.”

Perez, a successful REALTOR®, was honored with a 2017 PSAR Realtor of the Year award. He was recognized for his involvement on several City of San Diego housing programs, including the city’s density bonus program that allows developers to build more market-rate housing than zoning allows if they voluntarily add low-income homes.

Also as part of his involvement with PSAR, he played a key role in securing a grant from the National Association of REALTORS® for a diversity initiative that involved both PSAR and the local chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). Perez was a founding board member of the NAHREP San Diego chapter and served as chapter president in 2013.

Perez moved to San Diego in 1999 to attend San Diego State University. On the Monday after graduating from college in 2004, he started working in real estate. His real estate career has included both sales and lending.

Perez’s civic involvement has included serving as a member of the City of San Diego's Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission. He was appointed to the Commission after his selection to attend the San Diego Public Leadership Institute, a nine-month, non-partisan program for professionals with business experience who are interested in exploring running for public office or serving on boards and commissions.

At Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, Perez teaches a real estate principles course.

In addition to PSAR, Perez’s endorsements include: Nora Vargas, trustee, Southwestern College; Association of Raza Educators San Diego; San Diego Free Press; Monique Limon, California State Assembly members, 37th District; Ben Hueso, Senator, California State Senate, 40th District.

Perez has received a “Qualified Rating” from the San Diego County Democratic Party, an “Acceptable Rating” from the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, a “100 Percent Rating” from Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Action Fund and an “Acceptable Rating” from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Democratic Club.

Over the course of his life, Perez has consistently raised his hand for leadership opportunities and community involvement. It was through this involvement that he had an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. It was during the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) advocacy days, he was able to learn about the political process and how to advocate for legislative priorities. This was 2009, just weeks after President Obama had taken office and the energy in the Capitol was one of hope and excitement. It was during this trip that Perez and the group he was traveling with were able to meet with recently appointed Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Perez said he was incredibly inspired by the possibility of public service during this visit and asked himself “Why not me?”

Perez’s opponents in the race include an entrepreneur, a non-profit director, and a termed-out San Diego City Councilman who has already raised $119,000 for a bid in 2020 to replace County Supervisor Greg Cox in 2020. Previously, this city council member ran for San Diego mayor and lost to Kevin Faulconer. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s editorial board recently noted that this candidate is showing contempt for the needs of district students and employees alike because he would quit in two years as college district trustee if elected as County Supervisor. The newspaper wrote: “Should San Diegans elect candidates who prove before an election they don’t really want the job? No.”

Perez’s campaign website is

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