District Eight Representative Cortney Niland announced her resignation with two years still left on her term. Council approved her resignation on Tuesday which officially launched the filing period for candidates. The filing period will run until May 1st and the election is scheduled for June 10th.
As of Wednesday night, four people have already filed for candidacy. Robert Cormell, Adolfo Lopez, Gilbert Guillen and Cissy Lizarraga are the first to file for the seat.
Adolpho Lopez is a local attorney and an El Paso native. Lopez has also previously ran for State House Representative. When it comes to why he’s running for city representative he says he is familiar with the community and his experience as an attorney and business owner will benefit the community. Lopez says he’s interested in the revitalization of Downtown El Paso and as for the arena, he says the city has already spent thousands on studies showing the best location. Currently, Lopez says he’s against wasting money.
“I’m very familiar with most of the community and I believe I would be a great asset to El Paso”, says Lopez.
Robert Cormell is a local business owner and also runs a non-profit organization for teens. He says he and his wife are committed to El Paso and he now wants to serve his community on another level. For the Downtown Arena, Cormell says he’s against using eminent domain. With the election, Cormell believes a new mayor and new city reps will bring a fresh set of eyes and ideas to the table.
“We have an opportunity to have a new mayor and really get in there and look at the options of where we’re at with that”, says Cormell.
Gilbert Guillen is currently retired. Guillen is from El Paso and says he is very active in his community and cares about the issues that affect his neighbors. Guillen is also a property owner in the Duranguito neighborhood. He says when it comes to the Downtown Arena it’s about doing the right thing and the areana just doesn’t in his neighborhood.
Cissy Lizarraga is a retired educator from Franklin High School. Lizarraga was born and raised in District 8. She says the constituents of the district deserve a representative that’s going to be committed.
“I did sign the petition to save Duranguito, I do believe in historical preservation”, says Lizarraga.
Lizarraga says if elected she work to look at all the options and listen to her constituents before making any decisions on what should be done with the arena.