Imperial Valley Press
Filing period begins for November election
U p to 35 seats could be up for grabs this fall for the Nov. 7 elections for multiple school and special districts as well as the Brawley city council.
Monday was the opening of the candidate fling period for the Nov. 7 general election. Candidates have until Aug. 11 to file their candidacy.
Debbie Porter, the county registrar of voters said that the individuals interested in running for office have to pick up a packet of paperwork that they need to fill … it includes California Fair Political Practices Commission filing form, declaration of candidacy and more. Porter said it takes candidates about 30 to 40 minutes to fill all necessary paperwork.
In Brawley, two city council members Mayor Sam Couchman and Mayor Pro-tem Helen Noriega will finish their current term in November and are expected to file for reelection. Candidates running for office in Brawley will file with the Brawley city clerk while all other candidates will file with the Imperial County Registrar of Voters.
The others races include the County Board of Education seats TA 1 and TA 2, currently held by Annette Buttner Gonzalez and Alicia Armenta.
Meadows Union School will have three seats up for grabs, the current members whose term is up in November include Enrique Cervantes, Rochelle Rolf and Ernesto Pinedo.
In the San Pasqual Unified School District, two of the trustees’ positions are up for election. Those seats are currently being occupied by Monica Montague and Rebecca Ramirez.
While in the Westmorland Elementary School District, two seats finish their terms in November - the current trustees in those seats include Elizabeth Moreno and Corky Wycuff.
The remainder of the seats up for election this year are in special districts. The Bombay Beach Community Services District has three seats up for grabs. Incumbents are Gloria Town, Robert Kattro and Cindy Hollenbeck.
Another three seats will come to an end of their term in the Heber Public Utility District, where Tony Sandoval, Diahna Garcia Ruiz, and Sergio Escobedo are expected to run for reelection.
The Niland Sanitary District has three full term seats up for grabs as well as two short term seats. Incumbents whose term ends this year include Monico Jaquias, Lennita Ozier and Debbie Salas.
The election will help the Palo Verde County Water District, fill one vacant full term and two short term seats, the position held by David McLaughlin is also up for grabs.
The terms for three of the seats at the Salton Community Service District expire in November, those positions are currently being held by Fran Aldridge, Forrest Kerr and Chris Klontz.
Patrick Harris, Crispin Aguilar, Jason Grima and a vacant short term seat are up for election in the Seeley Water District and two seats held by Doylene Lugo and Mary Scribner will seek to retain their positions in the Winterhaven Water District.
Porter said usually the candidates who are serious about running will typically file in the first couple of weeks of the filing period, while other who want to avoid running against multiple candidates tend to wait until the end to file and run for office.