Longtime Division 3 Imperial Irrigation District Director Lloyd Allen has used his charm, homespun savvy and genuineness to keep his place on the board for many years.
Yet local political observers will tell you Allen also has stayed on the board for a long time because, as much as anything, he often has not drawn strong opposition.
That is the case again in the March 5 election.
Maybe that speaks a lot to Allen's strengths as a candidate. Even those who disagree with him on the issues — and we are often among those people — like Lloyd Allen as a person. And because it is always hard to run against a well-liked person, many people simply choose not to do it.
Allen's opponent in this election is longtime Brawley area community activist Ruben Garcia. Garcia has done a lot of good in the Imperial Valley over many years and for that he deserves plaudits. He also is something of a perennial candidate. Garcia narrowly lost a seat on the county Board of Supervisors three and a half years ago, likely because of what at best could be called shenanigans by county officials.