Three challengers, two incumbents to vie for seats in Calipatria

January 14, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — The filing period for city elections here in April ended Friday and three challengers and two incumbents will contend for three open seats.

Incumbents Leonard Vasquez and Fred Beltran have filed papers seeking re-election. Beltran currently is mayor.

The third seat up for election belongs to Robert Nakadaira. City Clerk Cathy Hoff said Nakadaira did not file for re-election.

The other three candidates seeking election are former councilmen Mark Bourland and Roque Barros and Lea Anne O'Malley.

O'Malley works for the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program Steps of Success site coordinator in Calipatria.

She said her reasons for running are, "I want to see Calipatria progress. I think we are a wonderful small town and have a lot of things to offer.

"I think we could be as interesting as Palm Springs. We have the same climate, we are less expensive but we simply haven't been marketing ourselves."


O'Malley has never run for City Council but is on the county Board of Education.

Barros and Bourland, both of whom have served on the City Council in the recent past, were not available for comment this morning.

Beltran and Vasquez will be seeking second terms. Beltran is also the Westmorland police chief.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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