No mailers, no phone banks, no splashy campaign ads—that’s no problem for Julio Rodriguez. The 27-year-old politically inexperienced resident just got elected to the Perris City Council, getting more votes than any other candidates, The Press-Enterprise
reports. “You don’t win local elections with thousands of dollars, you win them with talking to people about things that matter to them,” Rodriguez told the newspaper. Rodriquez captured about 4,837 votes, or about 30.6 percent of the total, according to unofficial results. The second top vote-getter was Rita Rogers with 4,138 votes of 26.2 percent. Rodriguez spent $500 on his campaign, which was used to pay for 100 signs and four banners. He will be sworn into office Dec. 1. But it seems that folks can’t accept that a newbie beat them to the punch. “My question is, how did this happen?” Councilman Mark Yarbrough, who was not up for re-election, asked. Incumbent Joann Evans said, “I just don’t understand it, it’s kind of weird. He has some magic way he did it.” Rodriguez might be on to something . . . hmmmm . . . talking to constituents . . . not spending insane amounts of campaign dollars . . . definitely weird!