News Column

Jorge Artalejo Enters El Paso Mayoral Race

Feb. 19, 2013

Cindy Ramirez, El Paso Times, Texas

The mayoral race now has five candidates.

Jorge Artalejo, a regular voice at City Council and County Commissioners Court meetings, filed his campaign treasurer report with the city clerk last week and will now be on the May 11 ballot.

The 51-year-old substitute teacher has recently run unsuccessfully for several offices, including city representative, congressman and El Paso County Democratic chairman.

Artalejo didn't return calls for comment on Monday, but news archives show he is a native of Phoenix and a 1987 graduate of the University of San Francisco with a degree in accounting. He has been in El Paso for almost 10 years, according to news archives.

Artalejo will face businessman Robert D. Cormell, local

mortgage broker Leo Gus Haddad, former radio talk show host Hector H. Lopez and city Rep. Steve Ortega in the mayoral race.

Mayor John Cook has served two terms and is no longer eligible to run for re-election.

The filing period for the May 11 election ends March 1.

As of Monday, 19 candidates had filed to run for city office, including for mayor and city representatives in District 2 in West-Central, District 3 in East-Central, District 4 in Northeast and District 7 in Eastridge-Mid-Valley.

Incumbents Emma Acosta in East-Central and Carl Robinson in Northeast have filed for re-election.

Tania Chozet, the former county commissioner appointed to fill an unexpired term last year, on Monday filed to run for

city representative of District 7, which is Ortega's current district.

The mayor and council representatives serve four-year terms. The council members' terms are staggered.

City representatives are paid $30,450 a year, and the mayor's salary is $47,250.

Voters in May could also decide whether to amend the City Charter to increase the salaries for the city's elected officials.

Under a proposed amendment, the annual pay would be based on the median income in the county -- about $42,000 for city representatives and $63,000 for the mayor -- starting in 2015.

Cindy Ramirez may be reached at cramirez@elpasotimes.com; 546-6151.

Key election dates

-- Filing period: Now through March 1.

-- Last day to register to vote: April 11.

-- Early voting: April 29 to May 7.

-- Election day: May 11.

-- Voter registration information:"epcounty.com/elections/



Source: (c)2013 the El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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