Legislator Perez, community activist Reyes prep for primary

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YONKERS -

Primary elections are three weeks away, and one of the most hotly contested races is in Westchester County's Board of Legislators 17th District.

The race pits incumbent Virginia Perez against community activist London Reyes in the district that includes most of southwest Yonkers.

“He told me himself he's running against me because of a personal vendetta…He said to my face to watch your back because I am coming for you,” says Perez.

Perez is a three-term Democratic incumbent who has drawn criticism from some in her own party for voting with Republicans on the county board.

At a campaign stop Tuesday with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Perez fought back against those charges. She insisted that her constituents know exactly where she stands on the most important issues

London Reyes, who heads up a local nonprofit for students, says he's running because he’s the only true Democrat in the race. He believes he's gaining support because he has the right ideas for his district.

“People deserve a voice, a seat at the table and they're going to get relief when I'm elected,” he says.

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