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Newcomers leading Council races in Imperial Valley

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) A month ago 34 women stood on these steps and proclaimed that the present is female and now for the first time ever the El Centro City Council is majority women.

Sylvia Marroquin spent the day of the election putting in her last efforts standing on street corners in 90 degrees asking people to go vote. 

It seems as if her efforts worked Marroquin is leading the polls with 19.82 percent of the votes.

“It was tiring it was exhausting but it was all worth it because in the end you know I was elected and I’m elected to serve the people in our community,” said Marroquin.

Change also occurred in the Imperial City Council where working mom Katie Burnworth unseated an Incumbent Mayor.

“The Incumbents always have an advantage right they know what's in the city they know the Ins and outs of what's behind the scenes of what's actually going on and it gives them a big advantage but for me, it gave me the motivation to do my homework better,” said Burnworth. 

Burnworth says she hopes her win inspires more young people to go out and get involved in the political process.

Imperial County / Local Elections

Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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