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Elaine Holmes – Ben Godfrey – Gene Gilbert Endorsed by La Prensa Hispana

Maricela Garcia
La Prensa Hispana

The editorial board of La Prensa Hispana Newspaper, a division of California Hispanic Media, Inc. has evaluated the Indio City Council candidates running on the November 2nd ballot and has made their endorsements. More races to follow next Friday.

Much thought and consideration was given to this election. Having offices in Indio brings us close to the action with a direct view of accomplishments and needed changes. Having been a part of the Indio Finance Committee whereby every department was scrutinized and expenditures evaluated has given us a unique front view seat on policies, implementation and personalities.
The existing council members running for re-election are all good people with the best of intentions for the City of Indio. I have not found one I did not personally like. In this regard, Indio has been a winner. As in every organization, there are those who bring a wide assortment of capabilities and more time/resources to effectively deal with the everyday problems affecting our city.
Out of the six running for office there are three that stand out as the best choices based on where we are and where we would like to go.
There are two candidates who do not fit into the Indio dynamics for the following reasons.
Mike Wilson has been stating publically he was “robbed of the City Mayor position” during rotation. It is incumbent on us to recall. Mr. Wilson had a pending lawsuit against the City of Indio, inclusive of other individuals named. It is ludicrous to believe Wilson could have successfully served the city under those circumstances. For not recognizing this dilemma he was embroiled in, Wilson has demonstrated a lack of judgment and would be viewed as more of an instigator than a problem solver.
Sam Torres, is a new comer to the city of Indio. He may bring a different perspective but his close association with Wilson does not assist his cause in determining which parts are Torres and which parts are Wilson. Indio does not really know who Sam Torres is, regardless of his personal perspective.
Melanie Fesmire is well liked in many circles but has acquired the reputation of not being fully engaged and lacking time to dig into the day to day grind associated with city government.
There is a growing belief she needs to take a break and provide guidance to the city from a different angle. Fesmire has a realm of knowledge she can share in a fashion yet to be discovered.
The Three candidates who have demonstrated a deep belief in public service, have the time to engage and come equipped with historical experience, knowledge of city government and willingness to tackle the dynamics of managing the staff who manage the city are:
Elaine Holmes, a successful, Indio business woman who has worked in administration for two Fortune 500 Corporations, Is very organized and has a problem solving mental attitude. She would be a tremendous asset to have on the Indio City Council. Holmes knows Indio, and has seen the good and bad times. She recognizes where the pitfalls are and has a keen understanding of where Indio needs to be going. Visit one of her shops, PJ’S Trophies on Miles Avenue in Old Town Indio. Notice how everything has its’ place, organization is visible everywhere. That is how her mind works. Holmes should be elected.
Ben Godfrey has the experience, time, temperament and the understanding of where Indio has been and a clear vision of where it needs to go. Ben Godfrey has a good grasp of the community and has worked closely with all segments. Godfrey was the recipient of the International Hispanic Awards, “Sol Azteca” for his dedication to community service three years ago. Godfrey should be re-elected.
Gene Gilbert, the current Mayor, has a long history of community service and comes well prepared to help resolve today’s’ problems. As the Mayor, he has demonstrated his ability to focus on the issues at hand and deal with bringing forth solutions rather than confrontations. Gilbert should be re-elected.