The seats of Calexico City Council members Armando Real and Maritza Hurtado will be on the Nov. 6 ballot and at least three residents have said they intend to run for them.
Hurtado, who was mayor for the 2017-18 fiscal year that ended July 1, has already said she will not seek a third term and Real has yet to announce his decision on running again. Already lining up to battle for those four-year terms are Camilo Garcia, David Romero and Javier Moreno, and the buzz is more hopefuls will be coming forward.
Filing papers are available at Calexico City Hall, 608 Heber Ave., through 5 p.m. Aug. 10. If an incumbent does not file the deadline will be extended to 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Candidates must be at least 18.
While there is concern political interest has ebbed in many parts of the United States, that often is not the case in Calexico where city council elections are raucous affairs with numerous candidates and boisterous debate over issues. In the last election in 2016, 16 candidates fought it out for just three seats.
That will certainly result in a riot of colorful political signs, but residents may be relieved to know they are restricted. The city announced political signs may be erected no sooner than 90 days prior to the election and must be taken down no later than 30 days following the election.
More drama could be afoot after Nov. 6 if city Mayor Pro Tem Jesus Escobar defeats incumbent Imperial County District 1 Supervisor John Renison. That would leave an open seat as of Jan. 1 and at that point Escobar would still have two years left on his term.
The city council would have to decide to hold a special election or make an appointment to fill the vacancy.