Calexico is in no hurry to fill mayor's seat, he's still there

April 10, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — City Attorney Michael Rood told the Calexico City Council on Tuesday that it didn't have to decide how to fill the seat that will be open when Mayor Victor Carrillo joins the county Board of Supervisors until Carrillo vacates his seat.

On the agenda for Tuesday's special council meeting, there was an item that read "request to have a special election in November for one seat on the City Council."

Before the council discussed the item, Rood told the mayor, "Basically when you step down, then the seat will be vacated. After that happens, the council has 30 days to appoint someone or 114 days to hold a special election. That occasion won't occur until you vacate the seat."


After the council discussed whether it would be economically wise for the city to conduct a special election in November along with the general election, Rood said the costs would be about the same whether the election was in the fall or the spring. City Clerk Lourdes Cordova agreed.

Councilman Javier Alatorre said he hoped a decision would be made soon so candidates interested in Carrillo's seat have time to plan their campaigns.

Carrillo asked Rood when the city would have to notify the county if it wanted to add a council seat race to the November election.

After finding out the deadline is this summer, Carrillo said, "Well, I don't have any plans to vacate my seat."

As for when he does plan to leave, Carrillo said, "We'll cross that bridge when we get to it."

Carrillo joins the Board of Supervisors in January. He defeated Supervisor Tony Tirado in the March 5 election for the right to represent District 1.

Alatorre failed in his bid for re-election to the City Council that day. He finished third behind businessmen David Ouzan and Alex Perrone.

The person who finished fourth in the race, freelance consultant Lupita Rios, had said whoever finished third should be appointed to fill Carrillo's seat.

In discussions Tuesday night, that idea was not even brought up.

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