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Garcia-Ruiz, Marquez, Huerta win in Heber

November 07, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

HEBER — Selecting from a field of seven candidates, Heber voters elected two incumbents and a former board member to serve on the Heber Public Utility District board.

Incumbent Diahna Garcia-Ruiz said she is going to focus on Heber's journey toward cityhood during her second term.

"Oh yes — No. 1 project. Heber is in for things we never expected," she said. Garcia-Ruiz was re-elected with 177 votes, or nearly 21 percent of the total votes.

Another re-elected incumbent, Margarito "Tito" Huerta Jr., said, "I wasn't going to campaign and I didn't.

"I was hoping my actions spoke louder than words. Sometimes the actions that you do for the community or the youth speak louder than signs.

"I went to work today and went about my business," said Huerta, who was re-elected with 127 votes, or nearly 15 percent of the total votes.


The former board member, Frank L. Marquez, said he is looking forward to being "back on the board!" He served from 1994-1998 and won election this time with 134 votes, or nearly 16 percent of the total votes.

"I want to fulfill obligations and continue the work that I left off. I want to thank the supporters for having faith in me," he added.

During the coming four years, Marquez said he would address the concerns of residents who have asked for sidewalks.

"I've talked with George (Aguilar, utilities district general manager) in the past. He has been working on a plan and he is very positive that something is coming in," Marquez said.

Garcia-Ruiz said the plan to fund the construction of sidewalks is "80 percent" close to becoming a reality. The plan involves the solicitation of humanitarian loans from multi-national corporations.

Holding up a picture of her children walking through water, Garcia-Ruiz said, "When we showed it to (associates of R.W. Beck) they gasped."

R.W. Beck is the Seattle-based company the Heber district has contracted to solicit the humanitarian loans.

>>Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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