Calexico City Councilman Gilbert Grijalva has announced he will run for the Division 5 seat on the Imperial Irrigation District's Board of Directors in the March 5 election.
Rudy Maldonado is the incumbent Division 5 director and has announced he will run for re-election.
Before the candidates will be included on the March ballot, they must file declarations of candidacy paperwork with the county during the Nov. 12 through Dec. 7 filing period.
Grijalva said he is running because he wants to preserve and enhance the Imperial Valley's quality of life.
"The pending water transfer agreement between the IID and the San Diego County Water Authority will have a profound impact on that quality of life, for better or worse. I believe the community deserves to know what the economic implications will be.
"The transfer agreement was signed in 1998. So why is the general public still waiting for economic data on third-party impacts?" Grijalva asked.