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Resolution Calling for the Immediate Resignation of Hector Gastelum, Board Member, Otay Water District Seat 4

Resolution Calling for the Immediate Resignation of Hector Gastelum, Board Member, Otay Water District Seat 4

WHEREAS, Otay Water District Board of Director, Hector Gastelum, has repeatedly made statements on social media characterizing Muslims as “scum” and “subhuman,” unnecessarily diverting the water board's attention from its main purpose of providing water and wastewater services to its more than 220,000 customers; and

WHEREAS, the San Diego County Democratic Party is committed to fighting discrimination and bigotry in all its forms, including but not limited to such discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identification, religion and socio-economic class and finds that any elected official who engages in rhetoric that is racist, discriminatory or bigoted in nature, is unfit for public office; and

WHEREAS, numerous public officials, including the Chula Vista City Council and some of Mr. Gastelum's Otay Water District colleagues, have condemned his statements and called for his immediate resignation from his seat on the Otay Water District;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the San Diego County Democratic party joins other community members and public officials in formally calling for Mr. Gastelum's immediate resignation from his seat as a Board of Director of the Otay Water District;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that should Mr. Gastelum continue refusing to resign, the San Diego County Democratic party will fully support the recall effort currently under consideration by lending its resources to the fullest extent possible.