In Moreno Valley, Calif., a candidate running for a seat on the City Council has a less than stellar résumé, outside of being a Moreno Valley Unified School Board member.
In April, Democrat Mike Rios was arrested on suspicion of raping two women and pimping and using his position as a school board member to recruit prostitutes, some of whom were minors, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
If those charges aren’t enough to dissuade voters, there’s more. About two months earlier, according to the Times report, police picked Rios up for suspicion of attempted murder. Rios allegedly took shots at a passing car outside his residence. Rios returned to the school board after being released on bail.
Rios also ran for District 3 in the 2008 elections as a Democrat but lost that race.
Apparently Rios does not meet the standards of the Democratic Club of Moreno Valley, even though he is a school board member. That organization already has approximately 200 signatures on a Rios recall petition that includes all council members. The Democratic Club will need 10,000 signatures by October, according to the Times report.
Nevertheless, the paper claims Rios took the first step of filing nomination papers Tuesday to oppose Councilman Jesse Molina of District 1. Furthermore, candidates are required to officially file ther candidacy by Aug. 9 in order to run for City Council. Oddly enough, Rios is scheduled to be in court the next day.
“‘He will stop at nothing to get on that City Council,’ said Nina Hiers, president of the Democratic Club of Moreno Valley. ‘Because of all the allegations, we want to make sure that the city of Moreno Valley is protected from a candidate like this,’” Hiers, is quoted as saying in the Times article.
Upon hearing Rios intended to contest his seat, Councilman Molina said he thought it was a joke before a city clerk verified that Rios has a home in the area.
“‘I think Mr. Rios should focus on his upcoming trial instead of running for office,’” Molina is quoted in the Times.