Raul R. Perez born on July 23, 1942 in Guadalajara, Mexico, immigrated to the United States in 1963. While Perez attended Huntington Park Adult School at night, he worked as a gas station attendant during the day. He continued to pursue his education by enrolling in countless night and weekend classes. He attended East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Trade Techinical College and UCLA. In the late 1960’s, Perez began his civic involvement with the Jaycee’s and became the President of the Huntington Park Chapter in 1972. His involvement in the community never wavered as he worked with a variety of organizations including:
The Elks Club
The YMCA Board of Govenors
The Lions Club
The Rising Light Lodge
In 1978 Perez ran for City Council for the first time. Not to be deterred by 5 election loses, he continued to focus and work harder. By his 6th consecutive campaign in 1990, Perez won the election with 1,761 votes. In 1991, he was elected Mayor, making him the city’s first Latino Mayor. While in office, Perez not only continued to faithfully serve within his community, but he was passionate about the issues and people outside his community as well. His involvement, efforts and accomplishments have had a meaningful impact throughout the Los Angeles area.
In June 1996, Raul was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer. With the help and support of his family and doctors, he relentlessly battled his illness to no avail. On October 26, 1996, Mayor Raul R. Perez passed away leaving behind a body of work and deeds that can never be forgotten. His legacy lives on through the Honorable Mayor Raul R Perez Scholarship Fund.
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