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El Paso County calls San Elizario city government election
By: Stacey Welsh
SAN ELIZARIO, Texas -- El Paso County called an election for new city leaders in San Elizario for May 10. The county is facilitating this election, and said interested candidates need to fill out an application and return it to the county judge's office.
A mayor and five representatives for the future board of alderman will make up the city government.
"Hopefully the council people come from all the different areas. Hopefully we get enough candidates that want to run. I think we will. I think there are plenty of candidates that are interested and that care about San Elizario," San Elizario Historical Society President Al Borrego said.
The county will start taking applications Jan. 29, and the deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Some of the requirements for running are being a U.S. citizen age 18 or older, a Texas resident for the last year and a resident of San Eli for at least six months as of the application deadline.
The application can be mailed in to the county judge's office, submitted in person or submitted by someone else as long as all requirements are met.
"The county and the future city of San Elizario will have further discussions about the specifics of the maintenance of roads, signs and things like that which are ultimately municipal responsibilities," El Paso County Commissioner Vince Perez said.
Some residents said they would like the city government to focus on improving local infrastructure.
"We had a lot of flooding in a lot of the residential areas. There's a lot of people who have a lot of loss, and we need to look at that. We need to see if there's something as a government we can do to improve that," San Elizario resident Leticia Hurtado-Miranda said.
The county encourages those interested in applying to turn in their application as soon as possible before the deadline.
"If you submit it properly and timely in case there is an error, you have time to change or do the correction to the application so there'll be no discrepancies or concerns," El Paso County Elections Administrator Javier Chacon said.
Chacon also said there are about 2,500 registered voters in San Eli.
"With the incorporation, we had approximately 600 people cast a ballot. Hopefully, we'll see a little bit more than that for their city election," Chacon said.
Early voting will take place from April 28 to May 6.