The Medley citizens spoke up on Election Day last week and the words they spoke were, “We’re happy with the status quo.”
With three candidates, including incumbents Jack Morrow and Edgar Ayala, vying for two council seats, both Morrow and Ayala emerged victorious and will hold their seats for four more years.
The odd man out was political newcomer Ivan Pacheco, who finished third.
With a total of 542 votes cast, Morrow was the top vote-getter, finishing with a total of 204 votes, or 37.64 percent of the vote; Ayala came in just behind him with 191 votes, or 35.24 percent.
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“I’m very happy that once again the people of Medley have shown their confidence in me,” said Morrow. “Obviously they have come to recognize my experience over so many years up on the council and my intention is to keep serving them in the best way possible. I’m also proud of the fact that I believe, if my math is correct, this marks the 10th time between being up on the council and being the mayor that they have voted for me and that’s something I take a lot of pride in.”
Ayala is the classic example of perseverance as he ran unsuccessfully three times starting back in 2004 before coming back again two years ago and gaining the seat in a special election after Gerardo Silva Jr. resigned his seat in order to run for mayor.
“This election I felt better because I got more support from every angle — residents, businesses and endorsements from the PBA (Police Benevolent Association),” said Ayala. “Somebody said to me you’ve proven in the last two years that you are a good council person. But, in Medley, you never know what’s going to happen and that’s why I kept grinding away with this campaign day by day. I feel very happy, because I feel this is a payoff for 10 years of hard work in trying to become a council person and getting to know the people. This has been a very good experience and I’m looking forward to serving the people of Medley for the next four years.”
Pacheco finished with 147 votes, or 27.12 percent, and had some strong comments when asked about his experience. He claimed things were not right.
“I’m not the only one surprised here with what happened,” said Pacheco. “The majority of the residents here in the town of Medley were surprised with the score. I don’t want to speak a lot about it; all I can say is that there was a lot of wrongdoing here and I call it a fraud. I don’t want to go a lot further with this. This was a fraud.”
When asked to delve into more detail, Pacheco shied away.
“I don’t want to get into specifics, but I’m going to call it a fraud and that’s all I can say,” said Pacheco. “There were a lot of people involved in this. I don’t want to mention any names.”
Asked if he was disillusioned by the process in his first attempt to enter the political arena, Pacheco was decisive.
“No, I’m not disillusioned. I’m going to keep on fighting the good fight and run again in two years.”
When asked whether he would appeal the election results, Pacheco replied: “We’ll see. We’ll see. I’m going now to just try to get back into my daily routine and next week we’ll see what I come up with. I think the town of Medley residents deserve it. They showed me their support. If you look at the voting polls, the first time my numbers came out very high and it gives me the inspiration to keep on moving forward. You’ll see me around again in two years.”
The next opportunity for Pacheco or anyone else interested in Medley politics will be 2016 when current Mayor Roberto Martell’s seat along with two other council seats — occupied by Griselia Digiacomo and Susanna Guasch — will be up for grabs.