IMPERIAL VALLEY — For Imperial Irrigation District Division 4, Director and board President Erik Ortega is seeking a second term. He will be opposed by Javier Gonzalez and Joong Kim.
Current Calexico City
Council Member David Romero did not make the ballot to run against Ortega. He failed
to gather enough valid signatures to qualify, Imperial County Registrar of
Voters Debbie Porter confirmed Dec. 10.
Although Porter did not
verify until Dec. 9 that Romero lacked the adequate number of valid signatures,
she said he came in to the elections office to file his paperwork so late in
the afternoon of the Dec. 6 filing deadline that he would not have had enough
time to gather the additional signatures he needed.
At least 20 valid
signatures were required. Romero turned in 29 signatures, 15 of which were
invalid for a variety of reasons, Porter said. They included names that did not
match with addresses, voters not within the division boundaries, and some
people not even registered to vote.
Unless any single
candidate in the IID division 2 or 4 elections gets more than 50 percent of the
vote, the top two vote-getters will go to a Nov. 3 runoff.
County Supervisor Races
Imperial County District
2 Supervisor Luis Plancarte is running against former county employee Claudia
One of the two candidates
will be seated outright after the primary election because only two are
Supervisors Ryan Kelley,
District 4, and Michael Kelley, District 3, are running unopposed.
State and Federal
While the state Secretary
of State’s office has until Dec. 26 to issue its final list of candidates for
combined county ballots, based on who has filed for elections in San Diego and
Riverside County, Imperial County voters will likely see these candidates for
state Assembly 56th District:
Incumbent Assembly Member
Eduardo Garcia and Republican challengers America Figueroa and Stephan
Wolkowicz. It was incorrectly reported in this newspaper’s Dec. 5 edition that
Garcia was not running again due to term limits.
For U.S. House of
Representatives, 51st Congressional District incumbent Democratic
Congressman Juan Vargas faces challengers Saul Alejandro Rodriguez, Solomon
Agape, Aeiramique Glass Blake, Juan Hidalgo Jr. and Lisa Marie.