Imperial County District 5 Supervisor Wally Leimgruber has announced his intention to seek re-election.
According to Leimgruber, those key issues include jobs, continued county fiscal responsibility, and keeping public lands accessible and clean.
“The Board of Supervisors has had many positive accomplishments,” stated Leimgruber. “I am extremely proud of the fact that despite the poor fiscal status of our state, Imperial County remains financially solid. Unlike many other areas in California, the county has had no employee layoffs or furloughs. Also noteworthy was the board’s support of Measure D—the local transportation funding measure—and the retention of Skywest Airlines service to the Imperial County Airport.”
As the state and nation move to cleaner, greener energy, Leimgruber believes that Imperial County—with vast solar and geothermal capabilities that can still be developed—is in a unique position to satisfy this highly anticipated demand. “With the potential for up to 8,000 green energy jobs, I will work hard to assure that local renewable energy projects are encouraged, succeed, and thrive,” he said. “We have the makings of a second gold rush, except this one will be a green rush with considerable economic benefits.”
The importance to the Valley economy of off-road enthusiasts is well documented. Leimgruber has worked hard at the state and federal levels to ensure that public lands remain open now and for future generations. He was also instrumental in keeping trash collection at the dunes when the BLM indicated that this service would be discontinued.
Leimgruber, a Holtville native and third-generation Imperial Valley farmer, has been a strong supporter of local agriculture, and an
advocate for the preservation of prime farmland and with it the Valley’s rural way of life.
He has distinguished himself on the board as being extremely well informed, a careful listener, plus a pragmatic decision maker. Leimgruber is considered a very steady performer by his fellow supervisors and county department heads alike. He has also garnered an excellent reputation within District 5 as a consensus builder.
With his wife Marjie, Leimgruber lives in rural Holtville. His two children attended Holtville schools.