Too take the title from the incumbent, the challenger must score a knockout or win in a clear decision.
Gilbert Grijalva has done neither in his race against Imperial Irrigation District Division 5 Director Rudy Maldonado.
Yes, Grijalva is a formidable candidate. He is articulate and charming. He has been a good city councilman during a time of growth and prosperity in Calexico. His choices and leadership mostly have been solid.
Facing a bad, incompetent or even mediocre opponent, Grijalva would be a fine and clear choice.
Rudy Maldonado is not such an opponent. Maldonado has consistently taken the right path for the people of the Imperial Valley on power issues. After a long tenure as an employee in IID's power department, he came into the job knowing a tremendous amount about that aspect of IID operations. And as a longtime employee, he knew what was wrong with the inner workings of the district, particularly from personnel and waste standpoints, and has worked hard to change those things.