While some other Imperial County cities struggle to get candidates for their elected offices, Calexico voters are typically treated to an eclectic ballot selection.
With the filing period for the Nov. 6election nearing its close it was again clear politics is one of the more popular past times in the bustling border city.
Two seats are up for grabs for city council, three for the Calexico Unified School District board, and two for Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District board.
The deadline for candidates to submit their filing papers is 5 p.m., Aug. 10. That will be extended to Aug. 15 if an incumbent in the race does not file for reelection.
For Calexico City Council, former Calexico Police Officer Javier Moreno is the only qualified candidate so far, according to Calexico City Clerk’s office.
Other candidates that have taken nomination papers but have yet to file are Camilo Garcia, who works at the Workforce Development Office; Calexico businessman David Romero, who sits on the city’s Economic Development/Financial Advisory Commission;Rosie Fernandez, a former Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District board member; Carlos Contreras, former candidate for county supervisor District 1; and former Calexico Council Member Joong Kim.
Council Member Maritza Hurtado has announced she will not seek another term.
For Calexico schools, Jose Guillen, a retired school district custodian, will be a candidate for school board. Appointed incumbent board member Richard Romero picked up his nomination papers and is expected to run as well.
At Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District, incumbent Sylvia Bernal has been the only candidate that has filed for re-election.
The hot city races are not alone on the ballot, which could mean a strong turnout. Incumbent District 1 County Supervisor John Renison faces a challenge from Calexico City Council Member Jesus Escobar. At the state level, voters will choose a new governor and the holders of other high-level offices.