Listen now: click the audio link to hear the candidate forum originally aired on East County Magazine's Show on KNSJ radio on September 30, 2016.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Mark Gracyk, Dan McMillan, Lou Tejeda and John Linden
October 5, 2016 (Lemon Grove)—Four contenders vying for two seats on the Helix Water District Board shared their goals at East County Magazine’s candidate forum at the Lemon Grove Library on September 21st. Incumbent John Linden defended repeated rate hikes as necessary, while challengers Mark Gracyk, Dan McMillan, and Louis Tejeda pledged to fight for holding the line against future rate hikes and/or trying to reduce water rates.
Candidates fielded questions from the audience and from East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery on a wide range of issues including water quality, the future of Lake Jennings, the land deal for sand mining El Monte Valley, their financial backgrounds and more.