City Councilman Steve Ortega makes it to runoff for mayoral election

City Councilman Steve Ortega makes it to runoff for mayoral election

POSTED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:18pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 8:56am

The final numbers for the mayoral election on Friday lead to an official runoff.

Oscar Leeser, a local El Paso businessman finished off the night with 47.5 percent of the votes.

Steve Ortega, a second term city council member and fifth generation El Pasoan, finished off the night with  21.9 percent votes. He was elected as City Representative for District 7 in 2005 and has been vocal in his support of the future baseball stadium, and working toward a signature downtown.

Saturday, after learning the results of the election, Ortega addressed his watch party saying that he will need every single one of his supporters to vote for him. He said he will be a mayor that will progress El Paso, create more jobs, and work towards making the city more competitive.

"We're going to win this because of each and every one of you," said Ortega.

The date of the mayoral runoff election is June 15.

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I wonder if the voters for Ortega really know who and what he stands for? Progressive and that's dangerous!!!!!!!!

After having sat through various candiadte forums I changed my mind & voted for Ortega because I did not want to vote for any of the other candidates. Even though I do not appreciate how Ortega, Bird, & even the Mayor handled some of the issues that prompted so many candidates for Mayor, I came to the realization that Ortega was the only one being straight forward. Having said that I do hope that he has learned from Saturday's numbers. You are a stuborn candidate but don't be naive.

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