Two vie for the Desert Healthcare District 6 seat

Two Indio residents are vying for the District 6 seat in the Desert Healthcare District, the district’s only contested race. Kimberly Barraza, health policy advisor, and Chauncey L. Thompson, director of the CPA, are seeking four-year terms.

In the last elections, voters supported dividing the council into seven regions. This year, Karen Borja, who held her first District 6 seat, announced that she would not run again.

Based on newly redrawn district lines after the 2020 census, District 6 covers parts of Indio and Coachella. The county is a local government agency intended to help the residents of the Coachella Valley obtain health care resources, housing, food, and other services.

Kimberly Barraza is competing for the Desert Healthcare District 6 seat this November.

Barazza, 34, grew up in Imperial Valley, but spent her adult life in Indio. She has worked in the office of Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia for the past eight years as a district representative and political advisor.

She said the work allowed her to reach out to voters and “help the people of our area.”

“There aren’t a lot of people that have to serve the community, and I’ve been serving my community for 15 years since I moved to Indio,” Barraza said. I also worked with the Desert Healthcare District through the Garcia office.

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