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Local Candidate Profiles for March 3 Primary

CALEXICO — The Calexico Chronicle is pleased to present profiles of the candidates seeking local offices in the March 3 primary. The profiles that appear reflect those who responded to our request to submit a profile. If a candidate does not appear it means they did not respond. Photos are used if submitted.

Because many voters now vote early by mail we scheduled the candidate profiles to run several weeks before the election so early voters can learn more about the candidates before casting their ballots.

This week’s profiles are for the Imperial County Board of Supervisors District 2, and Imperial Irrigation District director divisions 2 and 4. Profiles for U.S. House District 51 and state Assembly District 56 will run Feb. 6.

Claudia Camarena

Local Candidate Profiles for March 3 Primary
Claudia Camarena

Elected position sought: Imperial County Board of Supervisors District 2

Name: Claudia Camarena

Age:  53

City of residence: El Centro

Family: I have a nine-year-old daughter, Claudia, who attends Ballington Academy for the Arts and Science in El Centro. I also have three sons: Martin Sapien, employed for a local agricultural company in Holtville; Alex Camarena, known throughout the Valley as “Barber Al” while self-employed Currently employed with the State of California; Richard Camarena, employed with the State of California. I am also the “nana” of two precious grandsons: Andrew Camarena of Chula Vista and Cain Camarena of El Centro. The youngest member of our family is our pug, Déjà Vu. Déjà Vu is a rescue dog and we are so grateful for the privilege of integrating him into our family. Déjà vu is a local Instagram favorite and has participated in the El Centro Christmas Parade!  

Current employment: Retired Imperial County Program Manager. I retired on March 28, 2019, after 30 years of dedicating my life to serving the needs of our County’s needy and disadvantaged residents.

Political experience: I previously ran for Board of Supervisor District 2 in 2016 while employed full time with the County at the encouragement of County employees and residents Valley wide.

Employment History: Program Manager/Department of Social Services – August 12,2005 through March 28, 2019. I held the Program Manager position for the following federal, state and local programs: CalWORKs/CalFresh/Medi-Cal/General Relief; Special Investigations Unit (welfare fraud); Integrated Earnings Verification System (IEVS). I was responsible to conduct the following:

  • Interpret laws and regulations, including new laws and proposed legislation, to determine relevancy to department operations and services and assess program compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Develop or revise policies or procedures to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, and assist higher-level management in departmental strategic planning.
  • Serve as an internal subject matter expert regarding program matters by providing consultation and guidance to staff, subordinate supervisors and higher-level management.
  • Serve as an external expert by providing consultation regarding program, legal or policy matter to external entities such as County department managers or administrators, State departments, Board of Supervisors, advisory boards and advocacy groups.  
  • Assist in development of the budget for assigned programs by preparing cost estimates and projections, and performing ongoing monitoring of expenditures to ensure compliance with budget provisions.
  • Plan, organize and direct social service programs by managing the daily work activities of multiple programs by establishing performance levels, communicating goals and performance expectations, and monitoring and reviewing work to ensure conformance to established policies and procedures and standards for quality and timeliness.  
  • Communicate findings to upper management, implement changes to improve efficiency and service quality, maximize effectiveness of program operations and ensure alignment with the agency’s mission.  
  • Oversee personnel actions to determine compliance with policies and procedures and provide guidance to subordinate supervisors regarding personnel matters
  • Ensure programs were staffed with qualified individuals by resolving performance problems, documenting performance according to policy, training and develop staff and assist in the selection, hiring and promotion of staff.

Other affiliations/memberships/board positions: I served as a Board member for Catholic Charities House of Hope under the leadership of Martha Ranson for approximately 3 years; member of the “Campesina” project led by Womenhaven where I went to the fields and spoke with employees about domestic violence and the usage of immigration status by perpetrators to intimidate a victim into silence;  member of the State’s Internal Welfare Fraud committee in Rancho Cordova; six year member of the Imperial County Continuum of Care (formerly the Homeless Task Force); youth leader and overseas mission team coordinator and leader to Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and England where we visit the countries residents bring a message of hope and direction.

Education: Graduate of Central Union High School-El Centro; attended Imperial Valley College for Administration of Justice and Psychology; completed U.C. Davis courses with emphasis on Management; Human Resources and the Americans Disability Act.

Reasons for running and top issues: As our nation and state prosper economically via job growth, Imperial County has failed to expand its economy and continues to suffer the highest unemployment rates in California. Imperial County’s CEO position was identified as California’s highest paid public employee: $178,931.31 yearly which swells to $237,386.95 including benefits. What makes this type of action possible in one of California’s poorest counties? Poor leadership and decision making by the Board of Supervisors. It is unconscionable for the Board to authorize exorbitant salaries for a select number of individuals along with monthly personal car allowances for department heads, while most residents suffer from lack of job opportunities or miniscule employee pay raises. If elected, I pledge to invest 50%-75% of my monthly net earnings, after tithing, into County wide non-profit organizations, schools, businesses, etc., to assist in meeting our residents’ needs. 

Are you aware:     

  • The County is increasingly hiring individuals who reside outside of the United States instead of qualified County residents to fill job vacancies?
  • Various schools valley-wide allow the County’s Behavioral Health and Social Services staff access to minors (ages 12 and up) during school hours to provide: outpatient mental health services; abortion Medi-Cal eligibility; substance abuse treatment and other services?
  • The current County hiring practice is non-transparent and excludes staff from the hiring department in the selection process? This increases an arena for nepotism and unqualified individuals being selected for vacancies.   
  • The County pays approximately $24,024.00 monthly to lobbyists and the Inter-government Relations Director but has failed to achieve favorable results regarding the restoration of the Salton Sea or the identification/treatment of disease linked to its neglect?

My goals include: identifying unnecessary or duplicative spending/positions; initiate the receipt of State Incentive monies; enhance economic growth; increase farming opportunities, protect our water and stop welfare fraud in Imperial County.

Luis A Plancarte

Imperial County Board of Supervisors, District 2
Luis A. Plancarte

Elected position sought: Imperial County Board of Supervisors, District 2

(Incumbent)

Name: Luis A Plancarte

Age: 58

City of residence: El Centro, CA

Current employment: Businessman and Incumbent

Political experience: Serving Currently as Chairman of the Board, and representing the Second District

Employment history (last 10 years): Western Mesquite Mines, Inc.

Other affiliations/memberships/board positions:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Imperial Valley, Past Board Member
  • Imperial County Parks & Recreation, Past Commissioner
  • Imperial Valley Human Resources Association – President
  • City of El Centro Personnel Appeals Board – Member, Past Chair
  • Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation – Member
  • Lay Brothers of the Poor, Board Member, Immediate Past President

Additionally, my experience includes roles in:

  • Brawley Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member
  • Mid Valley Babe-Ruth Player Past Agent
  • Imperial Valley Joint Chambers Government Affairs Committee, Past Member
  • El Centro Little League – Coached 6 years,
  • Imperial Valley Gymnastics Club, Past Board Member, President
  • Imperial Valley College Carl Perkins Vocational Training Advisory Board, Past Member
  • El Centro Planning & Building Commission, Commissioner, Past Member and Chair
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School, Past Board Member
  • Imperial Valley for Exceptional Children, parent & teacher organization, Hand over Hand, Co-founder.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Management

I have completed Retirement Plan trustee training programs at UC Berkley and Pepperdine University.

I also hold certifications in human resources, adult education and personal development.

Reasons for running and top issues: As Imperial County residents we continue to face important regional issues, including infrastructure improvements and maintenance, water, economic development and job creation.

I chose to serve, and therefore run, for elected office to serve and address those issues so critical to the wellbeing and long-term growth of our communities. I bring experience and problem-solving skills to the table and have a long-standing record of coalition building in both the public and private sectors. 

My extensive background working with and leading people uniquely qualifies me to serve you in a position where consensus building, and responsible long-term planning are essential.

Economic Development is essential for our county by creating a more responsive, collaborative and supportive environment for attracting and retaining businesses County-wide.

Job Creation and Training which is crucial to improving the availability of relevant career technical training programs as well as higher educational opportunities in our local colleges and universities. This will help ensure that we have a well-prepared workforce to help attract and sustain new industries.

My focus continues to be on the Salton Sea Restoration while fighting for the protection of our Water Rights, Improving Quality of Life in our communities, Improving the environment, our health, and ensuring that access to affordable housing, public, social and behavioral programs is available.

All this, while maintaining a transparent and fiscally responsible County Government.

As an Imperial Valley native and lifelong resident, I have spent almost 30 years in El Centro raising my family and have invested over 40 years helping to improve my communities.

Most importantly, I am looking forward to the continued use of my skills to, serve and work on your behalf.

Thank you in advance for your vote, Luis Plancarte.

Ryan Childers

Local Candidate Profiles for March 3 Primary
Ryan Childers

Elected position sought: Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 2 

Name: Ryan Childers

Age: 39

City of residence: El Centro (lifelong)

Family: wife of 15 years Allison Childers, son (11) William Childers, daughter (8) Abigail Childers

Current employment: Attorney/ Owner and Founder of Childers and Associates, Attorneys at Law

Political experience: El Centro Elementary School District Board of Trustees (2007-2011)

  • Board President 2008-2009

Central Union High School District Board of Trustees (2012-Present)

  • Board President 2015-2016 and 2019-Present

Employment history (last 10 years):

Childers and Associates, Attorneys at Law (2006-Present)

Imperial County District Attorney’s Office

  • Deputy District Attorney/ Prosecutor (2004-2006)

Other affiliations/memberships/board positions:

Member State Bar of California (2004-Present)

Bar Association of Imperial County

  • President (2007-2008)
  • Board Member (2005-2009)

Rotary Club of El Centro, Member 2004- Present

  • President- 2012-2013
  • Paul Harris Society Member
  • Paul Harris Award Recipient (7-time recipient)

Imperial Valley College Foundation Board of Directors

Sheriff’s Athletic League Board of Directors

California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation,  Founding Member and Vice-President (Past Member)

ARC of Imperial Valley Board of Directors (Past Member)

El Centro Education Foundation (Past Member)

Imperial Masonic Lodge 390, Member – 2008- Present

Sunbeam Little League Head Coach (2013)

El Centro Pop Warner Head Coach (2014-2019)

Mock Trial Coach (2006)

Mock Trial Scoring Attorney and Judge (2005 – Present)

IVROP Dancing with the Stars

  • Participant (2013)
    • Master of Ceremonies (2018)

   AWARDS:

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Award Winner – Awarded by the City of El Centro

Young Professional of the Year – Awarded by the El Centro Chamber of Commerce

Imperial Valley Press Reader’s Choice Award for Best Legal Services  (2019)

Lawyers of Distinction Award for Excellence in the Practice of Law

Inductee into the Imperial Valley Football Hall of Fame

Education:

  • University of San Diego School of Law- 2004
    Juris Doctor
  • California Polytechnic State University (“Cal Poly”), San Luis Obispo- 2001
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Graduated with Honors
  • Graduate of Southwest High School- 1998

Reasons for running and top issues : I am running for the IID Board of Directors in Division 2 because the time has come for leadership that will not stand idly by while malignant forces chip away at our water rights or watch while outsiders seek to dilute and diminish our political sovereignty. We deserve leadership that understands that this fight is a fight for our future, a fight for our children’s future, and a fight for the future of our Valley.

The IID is one of our community’s most important institutions and the issues it faces are complex and of great importance to all of us. That is why it is important we elect leaders with the education, experience, and values to effectively lead the IID. I believe that my education as an accountant and attorney and the experience I have gained serving my community as a lawyer, businessman, coach, volunteer and three (3) term school board member, makes me uniquely qualified to serve our community as a member of the IID Board of Directors.

I was born and raised in the IID division I am now seeking to represent, and my wife Allison and I are proud to be raising our children William and Abigail as fifth generation Valley residents. As a parent, and lifelong resident of the Imperial Valley I have a vested interest in fighting for our valley and working to address the issues that matter most- issues like preserving and protecting our water rights, keeping power rates low and affordable, restoring the Salton Sea, and demanding action on the New River. 

I will bring a fresh perspective and energetic leadership to the IID and I will work build a more efficient, effective and responsive IID, an IID that is better able to serve our community, preserve our birthright, and protect our way of life.

JB Hamby

Local Candidate Profiles for March 3 Primary
JB Hamby

Elected position sought: Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 2

Name: JB Hamby

Age: 23

City of residence: El Centro, CA

Current employment: Family Farming, Biotech

Political experience: Office of United States Senator Ben Sasse, United States Senate Page (Nominated by United States Senator Barbara Boxer)

Employment history (last 10 years): Uber Technologies (San Francisco HQ), United States Senate Page

Other affiliations/memberships/board positions: Imperial County Historical Society

Education:

  • Stanford University, B.A.
  • Arizona Water Law Continuing Legal Education, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board Demand Management Hearing, Grand Junction, CO
  • Getches-Wilkinson 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines Conference, Boulder, CO
  • Arizona Department of Water Resources Hearing on Proposed Transfer of GSC Farm LLC’s Colorado River Water Entitlement to the Town of Queen Creek, Yuma, AZ
  • International Boundary and Water Commission Drought Contingency Plan Impacts on Yuma County Agriculture, Yuma, AZ
  • International Boundary and Water Commission New River Water Quality, Calexico, CA
  • Lincoln Land Institute Colorado River Journalist Forum, Phoenix, AZ
  • Native American Rights Fund Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims Symposium, Funner, CA
  • New Mexico Water Law Continuing Legal Education, Santa Fe, NM
  • Pacific Institute Salton Sea Summit, Palm Desert, CA
  • San Diego County Water Authority Citizens Water Academy, San Diego, CA
  • State Water Resources Control Board Salton Sea Hearing, Sacramento, CA
  • Tribal Water Law, Continuing Legal Education, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Upper Basin Drought Contingency Plan Demand Management Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Urban Water Institute Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Water Education Foundation Edge of Drought Tour, Central Coast, CA
  • Water Solutions Network, Nominee, Colorado River Basin, CA
  • 10X Water Summit, Phoenix, AZ
  • American Public Power Association Governance Course

Reasons for running and top issues: In 2026, key agreements governing the Colorado River will expire. There is a concerted effort across the Colorado River Basin to move water from rural and marginalized communities, including our own, drying them up to build thirsty, sprawling growth in big cities.

Imperial Valley has the largest water right and the most to lose on the Colorado River. It is so critically important that we protect our most vital resource and that our water stays here– put to use in Imperial Valley for the benefit of all our people, not monetized for the benefit of a few or an agency.

The result of this election will permanently shape the future of the Imperial Valley, Colorado River, and American Southwest. The stakes could not be higher.       

I have made three pledges to Division 2 voters.

One, honor this Ratepayer Protection Pledge:

“I, JB Hamby, pledge to the ratepayers of the Imperial Irrigation District, that I will OPPOSE any and all efforts to raise power rates.”

Two, introduce this resolution to protect our water forever with a public vote:

“A ⅔ affirmative vote of the public shall be required in a general election to authorize the Imperial Irrigation District to seek, propose, enter into, or otherwise facilitate a voluntary new or enlarged transfer, sale, lease, compensated forbearance, or other generation of additional conserved Colorado River water to be made available for use outside of the Imperial Irrigation District water service area.”

Three, demand dignity for public health and habitat at the Salton Sea and New River by:

  • Holding California accountable for failing to meet its responsibilities to the Salton Sea– by all means required including declaring a breach of the QSA water transfers if necessary.

Work to require New River water quality to be compliant with the U.S. Clean Water Act.

Bruce Kuhn

Local Candidate Profiles for March 3 Primary
Bruce Kuhn

Elected position sought: Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 2 (Incumbent)

Name:  Bruce Kuhn

Age: 68

City of residence: El Centro, CA

Family: Wife, Chanda Kuhn; Son, Jared Kuhn; Daughter, Amanda Kuhn

Current employment: Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors, Division 2

Political experience: Fifteen years on the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors

Employment history (last 10 years): Owner of Kuhn Land Leveling, 36 years

Other affiliations/memberships/board positions: 

Former Board Director Imperial Valley Food Bank; 

Former Board Director Salton Sea Authority; 

Former Vice-President Farm Workers Services Coalition; 

Former President Imperial County Transportation Commission; 

Former member of the Colorado River Citizens Advisory Board; 

Three terms as President of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors

Education: Graduate of Central Union High School, and attended Imperial Valley College, Graduate of College of the Redwoods Police Academy with a California P.O.S.T. Certification (Police Officer Standards and Training)

Reasons for running and top issues: The top issues are our water rights, power rates and restoration of the Salton Sea.  We need someone who knows the history of what has been done in the past, being done presently, and needs to be done in the future.  In my 15 years as an IID Director, I have been fighting to keep these issues at the forefront while also being a strong negotiator who is able to achieve the results we need for our valley.  Experience does matter! 

I am running to:

-Protect and secure our valley’s water rights without further transfers

-Protect our consumers by minimizing rate impacts to families and businesses by keeping water rates low for cities and families (no rate increase in 2020)

-Keep the lowest power rates in California (no rate increase in 2020) 

-Continue to work with the State of California and the US Government to have them take responsibility for the restoration of the Salton Sea

-Promote agriculture as our valley’s #1 asset

-Keep monitoring fiscal accountability and transparency from IID management (we have a balanced budget for 2020)

-Support GREEN energy (solar, wind, and geothermal as we did with the Citizen Solar Project for low income customers)

-Continue to fight to reduce legal and outside contractor costs

-Continue to support the reduction of the minimum age for the Residential Energy Assistance Program from 65 to 60 for a 30% savings in their energy bill

-Support Veteran’s Preference Employment (Our Heroes) which I was instrumental in implementing

-Continue to work cohesively with the IID Board of Directors

-Continue to work closely with the County Board of Supervisors on matters that affect us all -Continue to support the dedicated IID workforce

Dilda McFadden

Local Candidate Profiles for March 3 Primary
Dilda McFadden

Elected Position Sought: Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 2

Name: Dilda McFadden

Age: 68

City of Residence: El Centro

Family (optional): Married with 3 children and 9 grandchildren

Current employment: Retired Consultant

Political experience: In 1970s elected IVC Student Body President, Community Activist, President of the NAACP and BAPAC.

Employment history (last 10 years): Self employed McFadden Associates

Other affiliations/memberships/ board positions: Ballington Charter School Board; NAA CP; Centinela Advisory Board; IID Citizen Advisory Committee; IID local entity; County Public Benefit; and Workforce investment to name a few.

Education: AA degree

Reasons for running and top issues: Community voice for all the people; To protect our Water; To protect our power authority; For better Community relations between IID, the  people  and agriculture community; and overall transparency.

-Put ratepayers first

As IID Director, Mr. Dilda McFadden will work hard to put ratepayers first. McFadden believes that IID’s primary responsibility as a public agency is to deliver clean, affordable water and energy to its ratepayers . He will vote against any rate hike that does not clearly and efficiently serve the public interest. Your money will be spent wisely.

-Stand up for local jobs

On the IID Board, McFadden will stand up for Project Labor Agreement (PLA’s) that guarantee good wages and benefits while holding IID to local hiring. McFadden understands that when we outsource and cheat our local workers, we are only cheating ourselves out of good paying jobs for local residents and syphon money out of the Imperial Valley’s economy.

-Invest in our community

McFadden will be a hawk ensuring that money coming from local entity funds and other grants for community improvement reaches the community as directly as possible. McFadden will make sure the money benefits the most impacted populations in Imperial County as efficiently as possible seeking to work with other government agencies and non-profits to finance critical projects to save the County’s growing population.

-Environmental Responsibility

Energy and water production go hand in hand with environmental protection. McFadden will make good on a promise to reduce environmental impacts without sending rates to the sky, advocating for innovative strategies to hold the agency to higher standards while serving the ratepayer and the public interest. McFadden will fight for a cleaner Salton Sea, water ways, and clean energy projects across the County.

ERIK ORTEGA

Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 4
Erik Ortega

Elected position sought: Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 4

(Incumbent)

Name: Erik Ortega

Age: 41

City of residence: Calexico

Family: Wife and two sons

Current employment: Independent Businessman

Political experience: Past Calexico Unified School District Board of Trustees and Current Imperial Irrigation District Director for Division 4

Employment history (last 10 years): Businessman

Other affiliations/memberships/board positions: Past Treasurer of Club De Los Amigos Senior Citizen Club, Past Vice President of Calexico Chamber of Commerce, Former City of Calexico Economic Development Commissioner, Imperial County Transportation Commission Board member, Past Salton Sea Authority board member, Imperial County Employee Appeals Board member,

Education: BA in Business Administration

Reasons for running and top issues: IID is the largest irrigation district in the nation and the third largest public power provider in the state. It was formed in 1911 by a vote of the people and chartered by the Legislature to protect the water rights of the Imperial Valley.

Today those water rights are under attack, and not just from outside the Imperial Valley but from within it. Agricultural landowners who use over 97 percent of the water IID delivers are challenging its ability to serve new business and industrial water customers, except through them, because they believe that they own the water and they found a local judge who agreed with them.

I voted with the rest of the IID board to appeal that judge’s decision, because it is such a serious threat to economic development and job-creation in a part of the state that has never had enough jobs to go around for the people who here, and because I believe that water is a public resource that belongs to all of us, not just some of us.

I have used my vote and my voice as an IID board member to advance the cause of the greater Imperial Valley, because our water and energy resources should be put to work for the public good, and with a public purpose. I have voted to keep IID power bills among the lowest in California, and in 2019, during my year as IID board president, the district began to receive energy from the country’s first-ever community solar project, which is already lowering the energy rates of IID’s most vulnerable ratepayers.  I believe in the IID as a force for good in the communities that it serves, and in the broader, better community of the future that we are trying to build. For all of us.

Javier Gonzalez

Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 4
Javier Gonzalez

Elected position sought: Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 4

Name: Javier Gonzalez

Age: 51

City of residence: Calexico, California

Current employment: Self

Political experience: Politically active over the past 30 years in city commissions and community advocating.

Employment history (last 10 years): Community consulting self-employed and contracting with different people and contractors. United Stated Department of Homeland Security.

Other affiliations/memberships/board positions:

President, Calexico Youth Boxing Club; President, Kennedy Gardens Club Azteca; Captain, Kennedy Gardens Neighborhood Watch; Member, Calexico Beautification Commission, Member, Calexico Parks and Recreation Commission; Member, Calexico Finance Commission; Member, Calexico Economic Development Commission; Student Member, San Diego State University Dean Advisory Board; Member, Alumni Board of Directors of San Diego State University; President, Associated Students of San Diego State University-IV;  President, Imperial Valley College Calexico Student Association among more…..

Education: Associate Degree in Human Relations – Imperial Valley College; Associate Degree in Psychology – Imperial Valley College; Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – San Diego State University; Master Degree in Public Administration San Diego State University; Study Abroad as an SDSU Graduate student in five different countries.

Reasons for running and top issues: I Javier Gonzalez candidate for IID division 4 believe the position of the Imperial Irrigation District is not only to keep the lights on and the water flowing, I believe the position also entails being actively involved in all aspects of our community. Leading in grassroots initiatives and taking an active participation at all levels to help make sure that the communities we serve become safer, healthier and more eco-friendly places to live, play and grow should be a responsibility of all elected representatives. This cannot be achieved if elected representatives do not take a true leadership role in grassroots initiatives and actively lead at all levels working hand in hand with the people they serve. That is the reason I decided to run because I believe that we can better represent our communities, our neighborhoods, the Division 4 and the entire Imperial Valley in a more active and transparent way by working with the IID Board of Directors and being a true community leader initiating grassroots initiatives of all types. 

As a community activist and neighborhood leader for the past thirty years, I strongly believed the need to take a more active role in our communities and our neighborhoods. Today there is little trust in public representatives, as public representatives are believed to be out of touch with their constituents. I believe I can serve the people of Imperial Valley better with a more active and participatory role, having a lifelong track record of community service and grassroots accomplishments from the ground up, as a catalyst and initiator.

I believe the position of every elected representative including the Imperial Irrigation District is much more than just voting yes or no and keeping the lights on and the water flowing. In today’s environment, we have many issues and the people deserve representatives that are much more involved and active at the grassroots level in all issues.

This cannot be achieved if elected representatives do not take a true leadership role in our communities.

Joong Kim

Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 4
Joong Kim

Elected position sought: Imperial Irrigation District Director Division 4

Name: Joong Kim

Age:  67

City of residence: Calexico

Family: Married with 2 sons and 3 grand daughter

Current employment: Self employed

Political experience: 2 and half year’s school Board member of Calexico Unified School District. 4 years of city council members and 1 year of City Mayor in city of Calexico

Employment history (last 10 years): self employed

Other affiliations/memberships/board positions: Imperial County Children and Families First Commission Member (current)

Education: in Korea

Reasons for running and top issues: As a small business owner and homeowner in Calexico I will be your “watchdog” if you vote for me as an Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Board of Director in District 4. I want complete transparency to safeguard our water and not sell it to outside parties for personal profit. Having served as an elected official for both Calexico City Council and the Calexico School District, I have the experience in government issues and policies.

The electricity bills in both Heber and Calexico have been increasing and it has created a financial hardship for many of our senior citizens and families. It is well documented that the (IID) is spending our public funds on too many attorneys, lobbyists, consultants and developers. I want to protect the rights of our rate payers and expose the questionable deals that the (IID) has been involved with. My agenda: No selling of public water for personal gain to benefit special interest wealthy groups, keep the water in the valley, more construction jobs for local contractors and no more special deals with outsiders, creating work with economic developing project in Agricultural industry, senior discount program, lighting parks and street, lower rates for local residents, promote environmental and open up (IID) employment for more local residents.


This story is featured in the Jan 30, 2020 e-Edition.

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