CALEXICO — After Baja Californians vote today, Calexicans will be watching the returns with vested interest.
Calexico Mayor Victor Carrillo said, "Mexicali and Calexico are jointly connected; interwoven in familial, societal, cultural and political ways."
Regarding the Mexicali mayoral race, he said this year's election is particularly fortuitous for Calexico because both candidates are "well-rounded."
Carrillo has met National Action Party candidate Jaime Diaz Ochoa and Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Aurelio Flores Peña, the frontrunners.
He said whichever party wins will have a tradition of cooperation with Calexico to build upon.
Victor Hermosillo Celada, outgoing Mexicali mayor and a PAN member, had a good relationship with Calexico officials, according to Carrillo but so too did Mayor Milton Castellanos Gout, then a member of PRI, also a candidate for governor with the Citizens Alliance.
That bodes well for Calexico but will make the decision difficult for Mexicali voters, he added.
Mayor Pro Tem John Renison said, "I'll be following that gubernatorial campaign."