CATHEDRAL CITY – A 28-year resident of Cathedral City, Laura Ahmed, is seeking a seat on the City Council in the November election.


Laura Ahmed

A part-time educator at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Ahmed has lived in the Coachella Valley for three decades.

Ahmed, who declined to give her age, said she does not describe herself as either a liberal or conservative.

“I do not put labels on myself, or other people for that matter,” Ahmed told Uken Report. “I respond to each situation after researching and investigating. The best solutions do not fall into categories.”

Asked specifically why she is running, Ahmed said, “I want to serve my community and I want to expand a focus on the needs of youth, families and businesses in Cathedral City.  I think it is important for the Council to have a woman’s perspective on issues.”

Ahmed is running  to represent District 5 where Raymond Gregory, 53, is also planning to run. Gregory who retired last year from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department after more than 27 years. He has called Cathedral City home for more than 20 years.

District 5 is comprised of the Panorama and La Pasada neighborhoods, as well as the southern and western portions of Rio Vista and the Park David Senior Housing complex, and is one of the districts open in the November 2018 election. Together, these neighborhoods make up approximately 20 percent of the city’s population.

The nomination for period for potential candidates closes Friday, Aug. 10.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 22.

In order to be eligible to vote in California, an individual must be a United States citizen, a resident of California, and 18 years of age or older on Election Day. In order to vote in a City of Cathedral City, an individual must be registered to vote at an address in Cathedral City. .

For eligibility to vote in the November 6, 2018 general election, voter registrations must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than October 22, 2018.

If you live in District 5 and want to vote for either  Gregory or Ahmed, verify your voter registration status: Visit here or call Riverside County Elections at (951) 486-7200.

Register or update your voter registration: Visit here. Paper voter registration forms are available at Riverside County elections office, local libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and US Post Offices.