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Election delivers big changes to Rancho Water board

By in Press Enterprise on August 30, 2017

By Aaron Claverie

This year’s election could prove to be a sea change for the Rancho California Water District’s board of directors, which governs a district that serves Temecula, Wine Country, De Luz and a sliver of Murrieta.

Two incumbents, Ben Drake and William Plummer, are headed for re-election but two of their longtime colleagues, John “Jack” Hoagland and Stephen Corona, are trailing in unofficial vote-by-mail election results posted late Tuesday night.

The two newcomers poised to take those two seats on the seven-member board are Angel Garcia, a Great Oak graduate who has been running for political offices since he was an 18-year-old challenger in the Temecula school board race of 2010, and Wine Country fixture Carol Lee Brady.

“Our message resonated with voters,” said Garcia, who used his campaign statement to blast the compensation of district staffers and criticize the district for charging “drought rates” after the drought was over. “I’m humbled by the confidence they have entrusted me with as director-elect.”

Dulce Villanueva with the Riverside County Registrar’s Office said Wednesday morning that there are 50 ballots left to be processed and the office will be counting Aug. 29 postmarked ballots that arrive by Friday.

That small number of ballots isn’t expected to change the results, which showed the fourth place finisher, Brady, ahead of the fifth place finisher, chiropractor Lou Williams, by 200 votes or so.

“It’s such an honor. I’ve very pleased, very excited,” said Brady, who mentioned Vail Lake and the region’s groundwater supply as some of the most pressing issues that she plans to tackle in the early stages of her term.

There were nine candidates who ran for the four available seats. The other two challengers were James Konrad, a barber, and Mark Schabel, a winery consultant.

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