It has been known for some time that City Rep. Emma Acosta would be running for mayor. Tuesday afternoon, Acosta made it officials in a room full of family, friends and supporters. Acosta addressed her platform for the first time.
“I’ve always believed that government is for the people by the people”, says Acosta.
If elected mayor, Acosta says she would implement town hall meetings and evening city council meetings so representatives are more accessible to the people. Other priorities include; improving city streets, public safety and supporting economic development including local business.
Also running for mayor is long time El Paso businessman, Dee Margo. Margo says education and jobs are a priority.
Margo was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican in 2010, he also served on EPISD’s Board of Managers. Margo believes a mayor should be an ambassador for jobs and El Paso is already on the right track.
“Look at what’s out there, we just have so much potential right now. I’ve never seen so much positive energy and so many positive things happening in this community”, says Margo.
We talked to a local political blogger who says the big name candidates have profound barriers to overcome. For Acosta he says it’s transparency and the issues city council is currently dealing with. Jaime Abeytia says as the only major candidate that’s a sitting council member, she’s going to inherit some of that baggage.
For Dee Margo, Abeytia says he’s a known Republican and El Paso isn’t a community that overwhelmingly votes Republican. That alone is something he’ll have to overcome. Abeytia says it’s not impossible but it’ll be difficult for Margo to identify with people who live south of the freeway or even in central El Paso.
Other people who might be on the ballot this coming May, Willie Cager, David Saucedo and Charles Stapler have all made their intentions known.