By CELESTE ALVAREZ
12:51 AM AKST, December 1, 2012
BRAWLEY — City officials will have a difficult task here Monday evening, as nine Brawley hopefuls attempt to fill the city council’s open vacancy seat.
The council decided during its previous meeting Nov. 20, to fill the open vacancy seat left behind by former Councilman Ryan Kelley through an appointment process.
Kelley announced his resignation early Nov. as he prepares for his new position as Imperial County District 4 supervisor next month.
Kelley’s former term would have expired in November 2015, giving the contenders a chance at a nearly three-year term with the council if appointed.
To be appointed, contenders must receive a majority of votes from the city’s council.
During the council’s special meeting each applicant will have the opportunity to present a public candidate statement of interest to the council and their peers.
After statements, the council will open the floor to public comments and end the meeting by announcing the city’s newest councilmember.
Professional experience — Worked at Mayfair Market for one year, Thrifty Drug for four years, route salesmen for two years, manager of Elms Equipment Rental for two years, Brawley Fire Department for 11 years, Brawley Building Department for 20 years, and has been a building contractor for the past two years.
Interests in serving on the council — Eaton would like to continue forward and progress initiated by the City Council adding my own experiences and knowledge.
Jitendra “Jay” Goyal
Professional experience — Engineer project manager for 4 1/2 years in the private sector, civil engineer for about 11 years for the California Department of Transportation; runs several businesses and is a Real Estate Broker, as well as chairman of the city’s Planning Commission.
Interests in serving on the council — Goyal hopes to use his engineering, business and public employment experience to assist the city in becoming financially strong, create jobs, save money, attract businesses and bring harmony with city staff.
Norma Kastner Jauregui
Professional experience — Employed at the California Employment Development Department for 35 years, spent 20 years in management and is the general manager.
Interests in serving on the council — Jauregui would like to address and meet the needs of the community and ensure that the city provides a safe environment and opportunity for economic growth for its citizens.
Joe Paul Lucio
Professional experience — Workforce Development, marketing, job development, International Association of Workforce Professionals, vocational rehabilitation counselor
Interests in serving on the council — Lucio is interested in serving on the council, follow the political process and protocols to serve the citizen of Brawley and Brawley; to help better the infrastructure and growth of Brawley.
Professional experience — Managed a geothermal plant in Calipatria, currently a real estate broker with commercial and residential sales experience, as well as a substitute teacher for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
Interests in serving on the council — McMillon would like to help utilize Brawley’s strategic location to create a more lucrative business environment.
Helen M. Noriega
Professional experience — Currently a board member for Brawley Union High School for 11 years, and a board member for Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program for eight years.
Interests in serving on the council — Noriega wants to work together to upgrade services in the downtown area and clean up the city to make it look presentable to the public and visitors, and will work with the entire staff to be the best city in the nation.
Lee A. Quarcelino Sr.
Professional experience — Manager for 33 years with Peabody Coal Co. and 10 years with U.S. Fish and Wildlife at the Salton Sea, four years with Brawley Union High School, a year with Barbara Worth Junior High School, managed 330 men and 36 foremen, as well as dealt with budgets for a 5 million-ton a year operation at Black Mesa Mine in Arizona.
Interests in serving on the council — Quarcelino would like to make the police, fire and public works department completely sovereign through the upcoming years.
Professional experience — Currently works for the outreach program CAL Soup and studies as a graduate student.
Interests in serving on the council — Rodriguez would like to be the voice and impact positive changes in my city, as well as being part of the solution and move toward a great city.
Professional experience — Spent 26 years in professional aviation, 14 years in agricultural aviation, with 10 years as owner and operator of Ag Flite Inc., Stoker Co., and Flite Co. LLC
Interests in serving on the council — Wharton’s interests are his dedication to the mission of serving the citizens and positively influence the quality of life in Brawley. His in-laws represent some of the earliest pioneers to this county.
If you go
What — Brawley City Council special meeting
When — 6 p.m. Monday
Where — Administration Building, 383 Main Street
Staff Writer Celeste Alvarez can be reached at 760-337-3442 or at email@example.com
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