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El Paso mayoral candidates make last minute push for election

El Paso mayoral candidates make last minute push for election

POSTED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 7:40pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:52pm

The 8 candidates running for Mayor of El Paso hunkered down Saturday to make every last vote count.

Armed with signs, flyers, and a firm hand shake, candidates knocked on doors, passed out flyers, and tried to change minds, as El Paso heads into the home stretch.

We caught up with candidates as they worked to get the vote out.

"Well we're just visiting the different polls right now, and greeting the voters, and saying 'hi' to everyone, and trying to have a good time out there. it's a beautiful day," said Steve Ortega.  

"We're trying to just make contact, the last little bit of contact with El Paso before the election," said Robert Cormell. 

"Seeing if we can help with any last minute problems, any last moment opportunities to change minds, and we've actually changed a few this morning," said Gus Haddad.

Hector Lopez found his niche at local diners where El Pasoans enjoyed family time.

"In El Paso on Saturday mornings, people like to go have a good breakfast, especially in the Lower Valley of El Paso, especially to places that people hold near and dear to their hear," said Lopez.

Other candidates led a more mellow day. Jaime Perez said he had been passing out refreshments to volunteers on his team, and to competing teams.

"Our approach is to just give water and to enjoy the process of bantering for the last time," said Perez.

In Central El Paso, Oscar Leeser and his team stayed on the grind, making their way through neighborhoods from the Northeast to the West, all in hopes that hard work will lead to victory.

"That's not an option. If I don't win. when I do get elected, we need to bring honesty, trust, and integrity back into our community," said Leeser. 

At San Jacinto Plaza, Dean Martinez spent time with voters one-on-one, answering questions, and pushing the issues.

"I've been all over the place. I am so tired. All week, we've been back and forth. I didn't get in until about 3 o'clock this morning," he said.

Whatever their campaign method of choice, candidates rallied for a final push to be El Paso's next mayor.

We reached out to the eight candidate, Jorge Artelejo, for comment and were unable to reach him.

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