Mayoral runoff race heats up
POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 9:44pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 2:42pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — 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.