“Stop Supervisor’s raises! Deliver the water!” Virginia Gurrola, candidate for the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, told supporters at a meet-and-greet event in Downtown Visalia last week. “My election is not about me. It’s about you. It’s about you finally having a voice on the board of supervisors.”
Gurrola is running to represent the 5th Supervisorial District, which covers southeast Tulare County including Porterville and surrounding communities. Gurrola told guests in attendance that her election is important to her district, where there is currently a major water crisis, as well as to all of Tulare County. She was happy to be in Visalia to extend that message and reach out for help.
The event was hosted by Tulare County Fair Board President Greg Gomez and fellow Fair Board Member Grace Calderon at the Lunch Box restaurant in Downtown Visalia. Gomez is also the vice mayor of Farmersville. Among Gurrola’s supporters were former supervisor Lali Moheno, as well as other candidates and officials.
At the candidates’ forum on September 16th at the Visalia Convention Center, Gurrola was asked about the Tulare County Board of Supervisors’ plan to possibly ban medical marijuana. She believes that those with medical marijuana permits should be able to grow a limited number of plants at their residence or have access to at least one medical marijuana dispensary. Concerning the county suing SEIU over the recent contract negotiations, she didn’t agree with taxpayers’ money going to sue their own employees. Gurrola also didn’t think that the county had a very strong case.
Supervisor Mike Ennis, the incumbent representing the 5th Supervisorial District, was not present to answer questions.