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Less out of pocket to run for IID seat?

February 14, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

It's not likely to cost as much today to get elected to the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors as it did just two years ago, at least if you go by the amounts being reported on campaign contribution forms filed with the county Elections Department.

In past elections, contributions and expenditures were reaching $30,000-$40,000 and more in some races.

Candidate advertising has been good at this newspaper, according to John Yanni, Press advertising director.

"Some candidates have run strong schedules with us already," he said. "As we get closer to the election, we anticipate stronger schedules from all candidates."

At KXO Radio in El Centro, station owner Gene Brister said it is still too early to tell how things will come out, but the station is working with some candidates on their advertising.

Meanwhile, at Q-96/KROP, Tony Driskill, station manager for both stations, characterized IID candidate advertising as "a little more active than normal."


Out on the campaign trail, things are about where they are supposed to be.

Division 5 incumbent Rudy Maldonado said his contributions are on track.

"I don't expect to spend more than $18,000 on my re-election," he said, adding it is possible with the election so close to the holidays, there could be an effect on fund-raising. "People are more careful where they are putting their money,"

Division 3 incumbent Lloyd Allen said money is tighter this time around, but he has a larger base of contributors now that he is the only farmer on the board or seeking election to it. "I think it's just slower this time than in the past."

Allen said he is getting contributions from people who had not previously contributed to his campaign but expects to raise an amount similar to the past. He said he expects to advertise in local newspapers and radio.

There have been a number of reporting periods since the last election for these seats in 1998. According to county elections officials, a candidate must file contributions forms if he collects or spends $1,000, whether in cash or in-kind. Names of those contributing $100 must be listed on the contributions form. Political action committees also must file certain paperwork.

Division 1 incumbent Andy Horne said when he was running for the board four years ago against a 20-year incumbent, he had to raise much more money than now. He said his name is better known today.

"I'm not planning on spending as much this time as I did when I was the challenger," he said, adding he will not campaign as aggressively.

Horne said he is putting up about half as many signs, no billboards, likely will not advertise on television and will advertise less in the newspapers and on radio.

"My opinion is people know where I stand, and I'll do whatever to reinforce that," he said.

As of Wednesday, Allen said he'd raised about $12,000-$14,000; Division 3 challenger Ruben Garcia, $3,500-$4,000; Division 5 challenger Gilbert Grijalva, $7,500-$8,000; and Horne, $10,000 plus. Division 1 candidate John Hernandez said he had not raised any money, but would begin fund-raising efforts today. Maldonado said he was not sure where he stands but expects to spend about $18,000.

The election is March 5.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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