Candidates For Gandara's Seat React To His Arrest
POSTED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 9:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:09pm
Socorro, TX — Embarrassed. That's how some of the candidates vying for Gandara's County Commissioner seat describe how voters are feeling about Gandara's arrest.
Candidates Rudy Loya and Vincent Perez say that they want the community to know that not all politicians are corrupt.
They say Socorro deserves a commissioner who has their best interest at heart.
Vincent Perez wants to be the next County Commissioner of Precinct 3. He says Gandara would spend a lot of money on his campaigns, but then disappear after getting elected.
"We are tired of individuals who use public off for personal gain, and something, that I pointed out in September, was the fact that Commissioner Gandara spent $90,000 dollars of his own wealth in the last election cycle. Yet, he has the worst attendance record on Commissioners’ Court,” said Perez.
Perez says that Gandara was using public office to promote his name, rather than help the community.
"So what does that say about his attitudes towards serving the people? And, too often we have officials and individuals running who are more interested in running for office because it benefits themselves in some way as oppose to what can they do for the public good,” said Perez.
Also competing for the same seat on the Commissioners' Court is Rudy Loya. He says the people of Socorro are fed up with public corruption, but he wants to assure his constituents that not every public official is involved in illegal activity.
"I think the biggest issue when news broke, was that you know we have a lot of public servants that are very committed to our communities,” said Loya.
Loya says Socorro has not always been tainted by corruption.
"I just want to reassure our public that not to fear that all politicians are corrupt. There has been a legacy of positive elected officials that have retired on a positive note,” said Loya.
Perez and Loya tell us that if they're elected, restoring the public's trust would be first on the agenda.