Supervisor Michael W. Kelley announced today he is running for a third term on the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to represent District 3, which includes the city of Imperial, portions of El Centro, Seeley and surrounding areas.
Kelley’s announcement comes on the heels of the Board of Supervisors approval of a 5-year strategic plan that maps out ways to improve the region’s quality of life through the organized growth of renewable energy while staying true to the county’s agricultural heritage.
“I am running because I have a passion for Imperial County,” Kelley said. “I see our county as the cornerstone of California and I will make sure we get the respect and attention we deserve today and for future generations.”
Since he was first elected in 2008, the Board of Supervisors has set policy to guide the county through such major challenges as the recession and during the unprecedented growth in renewable energy development.
“I am proud that through it all, the county has remained fiscally healthy because we have made tough choices when they had to be made,” Kelley said.
He is particularly proud that during his tenure the Board of Supervisors has:
- Adopted a renewable energy plan that encourages solar development in areas that will not adversely impact agriculture
- Established Renewable Energy Public Benefit funds to reinvest some revenue from solar development into agriculture and in projects to benefit residents of Imperial County
- Budgeted funds for systematic road improvements that resulted, among other things, in virtually every road being paved in Seeley
- Agreed to work in partnership with the Imperial Irrigation District to demand the state help solve the environmental problems developing as the Salton Sea shrinks because of water transfers.
Tackling such issues successfully, requires a unique skill set, including experience, which Kelley brings to the job. An Imperial Valley native, Kelley was a county employee for 37 years, 27 as a department head, prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors.
Kelley is now using his experience to champion Imperial County issues at the state level. He is on the state Board of Directors of RCRC (Rural County Representative of California) and the state Board of Directors of LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission). He has appeared at the State Water Board in Sacramento to voice the county’s concerns about environmental issues surrounding the Salton Sea.
“I don’t care where I have to go,” Kelley said. “ I will fight for Imperial County to make sure the future is bright here for the generations to come.”
Despite all the accomplishments during his tenure, Kelley said there remains much to do. He is particularly concerned about issues surrounding the shrinking Salton Sea; the county’s high unemployment rate and the need for industry to create jobs here.
“We have set a lot of goals,” Kelley said, “ I am running for re-election to make sure they come to a successful conclusion.”