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Carrillo will seek District 1 supervisor's seat

November 06, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Vowing to bring professionalism to county governance, Calexico's Mayor Victor Carrillo will run for the District 1 seat on the County Board of Supervisors.

"I feel that I can articulate and express in a positive manner what the county's goals and objectives would be with Calexico there at the forefront," Carrillo said.

He added: "I think that Calexico can be a contributing factor of county development. Even though located on the border, we shouldn't be limited to border issues. I think I can bring that to the Board of Supervisors.

"We can all work for the region so that we can be a major player."

Some of the main issues Carrillo will focus on during the campaign are the governance of the county and the condition of county roads.

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"One of the primary goals would be the governance of Imperial County — that the employees have a voice with the Board of Supervisors, that they have an opportunity to have their concerns aired and shared with the board.

"Two, the arterials and transportation system throughout the county — I think it is the Board of Supervisors' responsibility to provide the maintenance and care and the vision to improve the county roads so cities are not impacted as negatively as they are now," Carrillo said.

He said the county has not "stepped up" to help in that area.

"As much as we've tried to use our representation to get something done, it's fallen on deaf ears, nothing has been done. The (Calexico) City Council has done more to get roads improved," he said.

On the issue of the power plants being built in Mexicali: "We have to be concerned with the impact they will have on the environment and the impact they will have on the economy. We can't be so provincial that we don't look at what can serve the state of California and the state of Baja California. We need to continue to strengthen the ties of friendship with the Mexicali Valley."

On the dunes closures near Glamis: "That's a lot of tourism for the Imperial Valley but we have to be cognizant of our endangered species. We have to protect them. I think we can come up with a solution that will appease everyone, including the Fish and Game."

On Heber becoming a city: "I think it would be great for Heber. Eventually Calexico is going to expand northward and El Centro will expand southward. People from Heber will have to make the decision, yet cities like Calexico and El Centro will work with Heber if the residents decide not to incorporate whether they would like to become part of either municipality."

As for his potential opponents in the upcoming March election, Carrillo said, "I'm running to provide Calexico with the representation that Calexico deserves. "

Incumbent District 1 Supervisor Tony Tirado has said he will seek a second term.

A lifelong resident of Calexico, Carrillo is a 50-year-old father of two who graduated from Calexico High School in 1968 and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from San Diego State University. He has served on the City Council since 1996 and teaches at Calexico High.

>>Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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