BRAWLEY – Hidalgo Hall in Brawley hosted the first political Candidate Forum of the election season Thursday evening.
The Hall was full with candidates, their supporters, and the public. Most candidates, except the non-contested offices, were there.
Rusty Garcia Jr. emceed the forum, warning the speakers that personal attacks would not be tolerated.
The questions included those general in nature and relevant to the office. Although the audience were given the opportunity to submit written questions, none did.
The forum gave candidates a three minute clock to introduce themselves, followed by questions asked by Garcia. Judge candidates were given no questions.
Candidates that attended were Superior Court Judge Seat 1 candidate William Derek Quan, Superior Court Judge Seat 3 candidates Ruth Montenegro and Jim Smith, County Supervisor District 5 candidates Raymond Castillo, incumbent, Kevin McFadden, and Wally Leimgruber, Assessor candidates Kathleen Ball, Robert Menvielle, and Carlos Zaragoza, Public Administrator candidates Norma Saikhon, incumbent, Christian Legaspi, and Joan Durham, Sheriff candidates Ray Loera, incumbent, and Rick Macken, Superintendent of Schools candidates Anne Mallory, incumbent, and Todd Finnell, IID Division 1 candidates Matt Dessert, incumbent, and Dilda McFadden, and IID Division 5 candidates Norma Sierra Galindo, incumbent, and James Horn Jr.
The next Candidate Forum will be April 10 at the Ag Center, 485 Business Park Way, at 6:00 p.m. in Imperial hosted by Imperial County Farm Bureau and Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association. This forum is for the Imperial Irrigation Board of Directors Divisions 1, 3, and 5.