Sunland Park
City Election
March 1, 2016

 City boundary of Sunland Park

 Candidates in the March 1 Sunland Park City Election were mailed questionnaires about their positions and qualifications for the offices they seek. They were given until Feb. 1 to reply. 

 

 Mayor - Elected for four-year term

Sergio Carrillo, 117 Father Luis Catano

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

Javier Perea, 121 Del Prado

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

 City Council - District One (unexpired term - 2 years)

Kenneth Glove, 57 years old, 104 San Jose Court

Years at home address:  5 years Years in Sunland Park: 5

Employment:  Retired ICE officer 

Education: Graduate Ironton, Ohio, HS, Aurora Community College


Why are your running for this office? In 2012 I became aware of the city's political instability and as a resident of Sunland Park, I was deeply disturbed.It was apparent that the city was i need of assistance and I felt I could contribute to correcting the problem. In 2014, I was appointed to the City Council. A;though my experience as a Councilor underwent some growing pains, I had had the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of the City and its citizens. I am dedicated to the improvement of the city. As citizens of Sunland Park, we are entitled to an ethical government and an improvement of the quality of life. I believe my dedication and hard work can help improve the status of the city


Political experience, offices held: City Councilor, Sunland Park, July 2014-present


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues? 1. Working to create a port of entry has been and would continue to be an important issue to focus on. The City of Sunland Park has faced financial hardships. Not only is a port of entry logical and necessary, but it would help the City gain financial security.If I am elected, this would be an area of focus which would be worked towards  by working with community members, business leaders and fellow city government. 2. Another important issue is to become more efficient. The city recently purchased software which will allow for better communication between departments. However, it is imperative that the software be implemented properly in order to ensure success. This would allow for a more efficient use of time and resources. 3.Sunland Park City and the County have a Joint Practices Agreement with CRRUA. The agreement is in need of improvement and the city would benefit from a renegotiation of the terms.4. Increased community involvement through improved communication is essential. Despite the technological advances, it is estimated only one third of our population has a computer. Further, 95% of our population speaks Spanish. This creates a unique situation for the City. Outreach methods which may work in other cities may not be as effective here. In order to resolve this, we recently purchased a robocall computer to allow the city communicate with residents via phone. These methods has been effective, however we need to continue to find ways to reach the citizens. Possible ways in which we could do this may be through the involvement of local businesses and churches. 5. The city needs to increase revenue and find new sources of revenue. This can be done by adding a franchise fee on CRRUA and by renegotiating contracts prior to their expiration. Additionally, having an efficient system in place for developers and business would help address this issue. 


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent? I believe my dedication, experience and education provide me with the ability to better serve the City of Sunland Park. For the past year and a half I have served as a City Councilor and have been able to consider the issues presented on the agenda. Prior to this, I attended meetings consistently and gained an extensive understanding of the city's history and current status. My dedication to the city served as the impetus for me to extensively research these factors. Overall, I believe I have the experience, knowledge and leadership ethic necessary to help build a secure foundation for the city.


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote. The City of Sunland Park contains a population of approximately 20,000residents which continues to grow steadily. These individuals are in need of basic services such as health, safety and welfare which can be adequately provided by the City of Sunland Park. If the city were to disincorporate, the provision of these services would be deferred to Dona Ana County which does not has the resources to meet the needs of our citizens For example, the Sheriff's Department takes approximately 2 hours to respond to a call from Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa's roads that belong to the county are in need of improvement; however the county does not have the funds to make such improvements. Thus, disincorporation would leave the residents without the basic services that they are in need of.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens? Sunland Park would benefit from strong leadership that puts the needs of citizens first and foremost. Strong leadership would build and enforce the foundation necessary for growth.


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed? The city must work to gain the reputation as a quality place to live and work. In order to do this, the city must be seen as efficient, clean and friendly.


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? The Police and Fire Department both have a good reputation. Although no department is perfect, both departments have made improvements and are continuing to do so in response to the needs of the residents.


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? New developments have created population imbalance between districts. Redistricting has even out districts, allowing for an equal vote. This has allowed the new developments to put a new councilor in office. Further, they have expressed interest in working with the city with issues such as planning and zoning The city council approved a resolution set forth by the mayor to form committees incorporating new developments in order to bring in their expertise and ideas. By working together we can find ways to address many of the issues facing the city.


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion? It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Sunland Park. There are many people who do not receive recognition for the work they do. The work the mayor and the Department of Finance have accomplished in straightening out the finances is just the beginning. It will be up to the next Council to build upon the progress made and it will be up to the citizens to ensure the city moves forward.

Jesus Nunez, 101 Sueno Court

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

City Council - District Four - elected for four-year term

Elizabeth Gamez, 103 Sierra Vista Court

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

Carolina Renteria, 204 Luna

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

 Write-In Candidate

Ana Orozco, 855 Valle Vista Drive

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

 

City Council - District Five - elected for four-year term

Olga Arguelles, 104 Calle Diaz

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

Maria L. Santos, 495 El Cerro

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

City Council - District Six - elected for four-year term

Fernando Clemente,  5837 Essex Lane

Years at home address:  years Years in Sunland Park

Employment:  

Education


Why are your running for this office?


Political experience, offices held:


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues?


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent?


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens?


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed?


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? 


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? 


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion?

Donald L. McBride, 59 years old, 5790 Britain Drive.

Years at home address: 2.5 years Years in Sunland Park: 3

Employment: Plant Manager for R.R. Donnelley in Juarez. 

Education: UTEP and Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, TX. BBA and MBA degrees.


Why are your running for this office? I have been frustrated by the actions of the council, personally and collectively. The city has a great deal of untapped potential and rather than just complain about it, I want to work to make it better.


Political experience, offices held: HOA President Edgemont neighborhood, June 2014 to present. CRRUA ETZ Planning and Zoning Commissioner, July 2015 to present.


What are the most important issues facing Sunland Park in the next four years and how do you propose to use your office to face these issues? 1. Restoration of the city residents’ trust in the city government. I will work with my fellow councilors and the mayor to prioritize and then execute the outputs from the vision session held in the fall. I will apply the skills that I have acquired in business to push for getting more results from meaningful projects. 2. Economic development of the city. I will reach out to the neighboring communities to leverage combined populations to encourage more businesses to open here (grocery stores, gas stations, etc.). I will work with contacts in the economic development segment for the region to encourage their inclusion of Sunland Park in plans for the future.


Why do you feel you are a better choice for this office than your opponent? I know very little about my opponent. I do know that, since moving to Sunland Park, I have been active in community improvement (HOA) and voicing my community’s concern at council meetings. I have also served as a volunteer in CRRUA P&Z activities.


Disincorporation has been proposed by some for Sunland Park. Your feelings on this issue and its outcome if put to a vote. The residents’ desire for disincorporation stems from embarrassment and frustration with city government. The police and fire departments are extremely well run for a city this size and it would be a shame to see them disappear. If this newly elected city government does not improve significantly, I suspect disincorporation efforts will rise again.


What is most needed in Sunland Park to improve the city and life for its citizens? 1. More business to drive jobs and city revenues. 2. Collaboration with our neighboring communities to leverage greater size/influence in our efforts to improve. 3. More effective, collaborative work by the city government to deliver on projects.


What is your position on economic growth for Sunland Park and how can it best be developed? Sunland Park’s population is growing rapidly. We need to establish what kind of work is or will be available in the community and get our residents prepared for that work. 1. Use the local educational institutions to develop training for our people. 2. Work with regional economic development entities to know what jobs may be coming to guide us. 3. Work with local industry (industrial park) to promote our residents. 4. Push for a new grocery store (neighborhood Walmart) and gas stations.


How do you feel public safety issues are being addressed in Sunland Park? Are police and fire protection adequate or need to be improved? The police and fire departments do a remarkable job with the resources they are budgeted. We need to assure that they have the best tools needed for the job that can be afforded by the city budget.


In recent years new residential developments have in Sunland Park, changing the economic demographics of the community. What problems and advantages does this create in Sunland Park and how should these economic changes be addressed by the council? The communities seem to operate like two separate entities. Perhaps more community events designed to unit the city population would help. Melilla Park would likely be a very good model from which we could start.


Are there any other issues upon which you want to express your position/opinion? We have such great potential in terms of population growth, attractive tax structures compared to neighboring area, pride in the community and location (proximity to Mexico, Texas, etc.) that the limitations for improvement can only come from ourselves, principally. If we can learn how to manage growth and blend the legacy and new cultures, great improvement is possible. If we don’t learn how to live and grow together, we will only be fueling the fires of discontent that feed agenda like disincorporation.