Saucedo is concerned about farmland fallowing, which would remove agricultural land from farming activities to save water.
The Salton Sea Authority proposed fallowing to save the sea if the Imperial Irrigation District-San Diego County water transfer deal goes through.
"I am concerned people will lose their jobs. It will especially hurt the city of Calexico, where a lot of farm workers live," Saucedo said.
Farm workers' rights are an important issue to Saucedo, who said his mother still works in the fields.
The Imperial Valley is being asked to give up farm jobs so Palm Springs can have 90 golf courses, he said. Saucedo thinks there is room for San Diego and Palm Springs to conserve more water.
Saucedo is also concerned about pollution in the valleys. He and his wife have four children and he wants to make sure they have clean air to breathe in the future.
He does not trust the U.S. owners of two power plants being built in Mexicali, San Diego-based Sempra Energy Resources and Intergen Aztec Energy of Boston.
"If these people were truthful in what they're saying, they would build the plants here, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could regulate them," Saucedo said.
Although he has no previous political experience, Saucedo says he cares for people and wants to serve. He has worked with the El Centro Police Athletic League and was the group's president. He also coached basketball in Imperial.
Saucedo joins Republican Blake L. Miles, 47, of El Centro, and Riverside residents Democrats Gregory S. Pettis and Joey Acuña and Republicans Svetlana "Anna" Nevenic, Bonnie Garcia, and La Quinta Mayor John Peña for the seat held by David Kelley, R-Idyllwild, who plans to retire when his term expires.
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