This year’s elections cycle is different from others but the voice of all the candidates still needs to be heard.
The former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelete, once said, “For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect but to be elected.”
The 2020 election is the one the has the most women running for office in Imperial Valley. Women are running for City Councils, school boards and special districts. The group Molina Wasupwu hosted the first of three candidates’ forums that will be held during this election. The event was livestreamed on Facebook at Barbara Worth Country Club.
“I believe women that are running are game changers in the community,” said Juan Molina from Wasupwu production who organized this forum. This was a personal experience for him as well since he is taking the role of campaign manager as his wife, Helen Diaz Molina is running for Heber Elementary School Board and Heber Public Utilities District.
The other two candidates were Yulil Alonso-Garza who is running for Imperial Valley College Board of Trustees and Martha Cardenas-Singh, Candidate for El Centro City Council.
There will be two more forums. One on September 11 and another on September 18 so that people can meet more candidates.
The moderators for the event were Margaret Sauza and Norma Aguilar.
“I am proud to be part of this since I know these women and we need to open the doors for the future generations,” Sauza said. “The Imperial Valley is ready for these women and hope people vote on November 3rd,”
Norma Aguilar agreed that there needs to be more participation of women in politics.
“There needs to be more participation and from women and that can start by attending and reading the agenda. But the most important thing is doing your homework and understanding the issues,” Aguilar said. Aguilar said that women have been able to run for office and win but she wants to see more women at the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.