Mayoral runoff race heats up


POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 10:44pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 3:42pm

El Paso is now less than a month away from the mayoral runoff election, but you won't see the final two mayoral candidates on the same stage any time soon.

Mayoral Candidate Oscar Leeser said he does not want to participate in any more debates with opponent Steve Ortega.

As we reported Leeser defeated Ortega by more than 20 percentage points, but was shy of the 50 percent needed to win the mayoral seat out right so now he will face Ortega in a runoff election June 15.

NewsChannel Nine asked him why he didn't want to debate again.

"We really wanna focus on getting out in the neighborhoods and have neighborhood meetings. We really have a good game plan going forward and like I said we've had over 20 debates," said Mayoral Candidate Oscar Leeser.

"I don't think that he has a platform and so I think it's difficult to debate when you don't have a platform or anything to talk about," said Mayoral Candidate Steve Ortega.

We asked you the voters how you felt about Leeser road blocking any future debates.

"I think it's a personal choice. I think he had the majority of votes and if he wants to just leave it at that, that's ok," said Judy Swangstu from West El Paso.

Another West El Pasoan commented as well.

"I think if Mr. Leeser thinks that he can go to all the homes in El Paso, he's sadly mistaken. The debates are public events and the public goes because they want to hear the two sides discuss their issues," said Kathleen Bombach.

Again the runoff election is June 15. Early voting starts June 3.

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Leeser had my vote but due to his higher than thou arrogance, he lost my vote. Having said that I hope both he and Ortega realize that the real power is in the rest of city council. If they get their act together then it really does not matter what the mayor wants cause the rest of council can vote out any potential veto the mayor may try to impose. The key is whether the city reps get their act together, which during the last 2 years has not been the case. Leeser is not such a good boy.

Ortega is scarey...Please El Paso...DONT VOTE ORTEGA. The way we choose to live is not going to be his first priority. Look up Agenda 21 and see what Ortega wants for our lives in El Paso. Vote LEESER.

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