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Three hopefuls vie for three Medley council seats

FOUR MORE YEARS?:Medley Councilman Edgar Ayala is one of two incumbents along with Jack Morrow looking to hold on to his seat for four more years and being challenged by newcomer Ivan Pacheco as the local election approaches on Nov. 4.
FOUR MORE YEARS?:Medley Councilman Edgar Ayala is one of two incumbents along with Jack Morrow looking to hold on to his seat for four more years and being challenged by newcomer Ivan Pacheco as the local election approaches on Nov. 4.

The math is simple. Three candidates vying for two open council seats means one thing: Somebody will walk away disappointed.

Such is the storyline as the Medley municipal election approaches next week.

Two incumbents whose seats are up for grabs, Edgar Ayala and Jack Morrow, are seeking to remain there. One political newcomer to the Medley arena, Ivan Pacheco, is hoping to unseat one of the two and take his place at the dais for the next four years.

Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 4 and the only place Medley voters will be able to vote is right at Town Hall, 7777 NW 72nd Ave. between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Mayor Roberto Martell along with two other council members, Grisela Digiacomo and Susanna Guasch, won their four-year seats two years ago and will come up for re-election in 2016.

Morrow served on the council from 1978 to 2004, serving as mayor from 1995 to 2004. After a six-year hiatus, he returned in 2010 at the age of 69 to run for a council seat and garnered the necessary votes to grab one of the available seats.

“This was a big decision because of me being 73,” said Morrow. “But my health is perfect. I’m a fish eater and have been a vegetarian since I was 41 but nevertheless I also talked it over with my wife Judi and she said it was up to me. I just feel like there are no experienced council members up there right now. Being mayor three times and being on the council since 1978, I know how to help this town.

“Also, I’m an engineer, I worked for a big company, I also had my own business and built it up from nothing, was able to retire after selling it and ran for mayor. In my opinion, there is no substitute for experience.”

After running unsuccessfully two previous times, Ayala finally broke through two years ago.

An air-conditioning technician who has been a Medley resident for 22 years, Ayala actually ran in a special election when a council seat became vacant after Gerardo Silva Jr., who had been elected in 2010, stepped down preceding the 2012 election to run against Martell for the mayor’s seat.

“It’s been a learning process but a good one,” Ayala said when asked to assess his first two years as a Medley councilman. “When we got together with the mayor, we came together like a good administration. Oftentimes, we (all the council members) got to know each other in the process and feel like we have worked together very effectively as a council.

“I believe I’ve been doing a good job for our town, have been a resident for the last 22 years and it’s been like a family being a part of this council. I feel like I’ve been doing what’s best for the residents of Medley and wish to continue to do so.”

Pacheco enters as the unknown wild card, if you will.

He is a six-year resident of Medley and worked 20 years in the aviation business before spending the last five years self-employed buying and selling auto parts to Central America.

“The reason I decided to run was that I believe this town has a great deal of potential to grow and I want to represent the growth of this town because of my residence here and my businesses as well,” said Pacheco. “I have spent the last 33 years in this country, a resident of Medley for the last six years and been working the streets getting to know the residents and businesses for the past two years.

“My kids come here to the afterschool program, I have come to every (council) meeting for the past two years to stay on top of the ball and come to know and understand what’s going on within the town. In that time I haven’t seen much progress within the town and it’s about time for some people to jump into our town goverment and see if we can move forward.”

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