Former State Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny is using her Coachella Valley connections for at least two fundraisers next week.
Ducheny, who is running for a congressional district that spans San Diego and Imperial counties, will have a fundraiser Tuesday at the Palm Desert home of former Assemblywoman Julie Bornstein.
On Wednesday, Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels is hosting a similar event for Ducheny’s campaign.
Usually, city managers do their best to keep out of the political arena. After all, these elected leaders can have an influence over their daily jobs.
Daniels and Ducheny have known each other for more than a decade, and in their previous jobs, worked together on Salton Sea restoration efforts.
Daniels said he didn’t see anything wrong with hosting a fundraiser for a candidate who is outside of the Coachella Valley. The event, Daniels noted, is being organized on his personal time and doesn’t involve city business or his official gig.
“The (congressional) district’s far reaches include a portion of the Salton Sea to which I have a strong personal commitment and will steadfastly use my personal energy to work for it’s restoration,” Daniels told The Desert Sun by email.
“I would hope any impression would be that I stand up for people that support the Salton Sea, economic development, and can work well with others.”
Ducheny will face one of the valley’s current leaders – Democratic Sen. Juan Vargas of San Diego – in the congressional race.