With the November elections coming up, you are going to be seeing a lot of coverage on this blog about who is running in your cities, how much they’ve raised and what their campaign platforms are.
Today, here’s a look at El Monte’s race, courtesy Rebecca Kimitch:
A dozen candidates are vying for five municipal posts up for election in November — mayor, treasurer, city clerk and two city council seats.
Council members Juventino “J” Gomez and Art Barrios, face four other candidates in their bids for reelection to their council seats.
Angel Ralph Nunez, a purchasing agent in the city’s finance department; planning commissioner Richard Garner; and 30-year-old information security specialist Kien Lam.
Garner, 60, worked for the city for 32 years in various posts, ending his career as environmental services manager.
Lam helps manage his family’s heating and air conditioning business, and works on information security for a biomedical company in Orange County.
The city council ballot will also include architect Norma Macias, who ran in 2007 and won 25 percent of the vote. Macias, 38, currently works overseeing infrastructure projects in South El Monte.
In the mayoral race, Ernie Gutierrez faces a challenger in Andre Quintero, a 34-year-old deputy city attorney for the city of Los Angeles and a Rio Hondo College board of trustees member.
The city’s treasurer and city clerk also faces challengers.
City clerk Lorene Gutierrez will face Bharat Patel, 42, a hotel owner and planning commissioner who has helped get city rules relaxed regarding how long guests can stay in local motels before they are considered residents.
City Treasurer Henry Velasco, who has held the post for 17 years, is being challenged by former El Monte Police Lt. Richard Thomas, 62.