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Tirado announces he'll seek another term as supervisor

July 11, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

District 1 county Supervisor Tony Tirado called his first term on the Board of Supervisors "a beginning," and announced Monday he will seek re-election to the body.

"This is only the beginning to accomplish what I would like to accomplish," he said Tuesday. "As I stated from the beginning, this county has suffered from (economic) stagnation for so many years."

While campaigning for his first term, Tirado frequently decried the county's high unemployment levels, low median income, low average income and low level of economic development.

Tirado also has said the county's economy must be diversified in order to grow.

"We need to be, in a sense, a regional county and get out of the box," he said.

Tirado said improved job opportunities would result in an increase in worker skills.

"Our people deserve a better quality of life," he said.

Tirado said the county is on the right track with the new board and with new administration.


Three new supervisors were elected in November and the county has a new executive officer.

Economic development is not an issue that can be addressed once and forgotten, however, and Tirado said he will continue to promote the local economy in a second term.

"I really believe we're headed in the right direction," he said, adding the right direction includes accomplishments including the Gateway of the Americas project being back on track, the approval for and under-construction beef-processing plant in Brawley, the expansion of the Gossner cheese plant and the subsidy of sugar cane research. "We're also working hard to bring in dairies.

"All those are added pluses to our quality of life," Tirado said.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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