Dr. Steven Placido, an Alhambra councilman being challenged this November by immigration attorney Elizabeth Salinas, believes his track record and experience will win him a third term, Pasadena Star-News reports.
"I don't plan on losing," Placido told the Star-News. "I'm here to serve another term."
Placido told the Star-News that residents should re-elect him because he has a proven record of leadership and they know what to expect when he's on Council. "I am truly a voice of the residents and there's progress to show for that," Placido said.
But Salinas told the Star-News that she felt Placido did not adequately represent residents of the Midwick Tract and how they felt about development in their area. "I'm running because I feel that the average resident, the person who has a home in the city of Alhambra, is not represented properly," Salinas said. "I consider myself a community activist and leader, and this is what really propelled me."
If elected, Salinas said she will try to make Council more transparent and educate residents about City politics. "A lot of people don't know what the City does, and I think the City could do a much better job," Salinas told the Star-News. "Some people don't even know when the council meetings are held. That's a high priority, to get more constituents to get involved with the City."
Placido told the Star-News that if he is re-elected, he will fight for the completion of the 710 Freeway, which he called "the biggest issue in town." He said he is confident his work on Council and previoius public service experience will lead to his re-election.
Alhambra Source sat down with Salinas and asked her questions our readers and residents submitted to the candidates. We are still waiting to hear from Placido, who has not replied to numerous requests for an interview.