EL CENTRO – To work closely with Imperial County dignitaries on issues such as the port of entries, the environment, joint trade missions, immigration issues, and border security, were just a few of the goals mentioned by the Mayor-elect of Mexicali, Gustavo Sanchez, who was invited by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to attend the November 1 board meeting.
Gustavo Sanchez, a well-known attorney and former president of congress in Mexico, was recently announced winner of the recent candidacy election as the new mayor for the state of Mexicali. Sanchez and will be sworn in on November 30.
“It’s an honor to be here today,” said Sanchez. “I am excited and eager to work together at just 30 days from my swear-in. During the next three years of my governance, I would like to work intensely with you (the supervisors) along with city officials regarding issues that affect the communities on both sides of the border.”
Sanchez stressed the importance of working jointly and closely with Imperial County officials to better serve the Mexicali and Imperial County communities.
“I am here to offer my help and am excited to begin working together hand-in-hand with common issues such as economy, security, immigration, water issues and the ports of entry. These are very important issues that need to be addressed and what better than working together,” Sanchez said.
District 3 Supervisor Michael Kelley said Sanchez visiting the county was the first step in initiating an alliance between both countries.
“This is a historical moment,” said Raymond Castillo, District 5 supervisor. “This is the first time we’ve had a Mexicali mayor visit the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.”
With the upcoming presidential elections in the U.S., Sanchez was asked how the results would affect the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.
“Without a doubt, the upcoming elections will have a big impact in Mexico, especially the border cities. However, I am confident that the American people will make a wise decision,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez said he plans to visit Imperial County once a month.