Nine Applicants To Vie For Vacant Brawley Council Seat

By Chris Furguson
A list of nine potential City Council applicants have been released by the City of Brawley.  The City Council will select their new fellow from these applicants at a special evening meeting on Monday, December 3, at their chambers on Main Street.
The applicants will have five minutes to present themselves to the council, followed by public comments and the selection.
The new council member will fill out the term of Ryan Kelley, who resigned earlier this month in preparation for his upcoming role as Imperial County Supervisor in January.
The applicants include:
• Arne Eaton, a 20 year veteran of the Brawley Building Department and current contractor.
• Jay Goyal, a Brawley businessman and member of the city Planning Commission.
• Norma Kastner Jauregui, a retired 35-year employee with the California Employment Development Department.
• Joe Paul Lucio, a former worker at the Workforce Development group, among several others.
• Lisa McMillan, a real estate broker and substitute teacher.
• Helen Noriega, a current member of the Brawley Union High School Board of Trustees.
• Lee Quarcelino Sr, a Korean War veteran and former manager for Peabody Coal.
• Jeremy Rodriguez, a grad student currently working for a local student outreach program.
• Donald Wharton, manager of Reach Air Services and member of the Brawley Public Safety Committee.
While the process may appear rushed, the city had a 30-day deadline to appoint a new member or choose to hold a special election.  The city missed the filing deadline for a March election and the council chose to not wait until June 2013.
The city would also have been responsible for the costs of the election, a price believed to range from $12,000 to over $30,000.
The applicants had around a week to fill out and file their applications.