May Election Brings Spike in Candidates for Presidio City Council
March 31, 2014 at 10:20 PM CDT - Updated July 10 at 5:50 PM
By Alicia Neaves
PRESIDIO - "It's time for the change," Phillip Aguilar, Candidate for Presidio City Council, said.
Ten candidates are in the running for three city council seats in the City of Presidio, a rarity for this city of 5,000 residents. There are two incumbent seats and one unexpired seat up for grabs. Why the sudden spike this year?
"I think there's generally a lot of interest in people trying to get involved with local politics. You kind of have these cycles where it's like, 'Let's bring in some new blood.' So I think this is one of those years," Mayor of Presidio, John Ferguson, said.
Many of the candidates are teachers looking to help their city prosper, taking it one step at a time.
"Clean up the streets, see if we can get some more lighting. Also, some sidewalks so the kids can walk safely and so parents can walk safely, walk the dogs," Dimitri Garcia, Candidate for Presidio City Council, said.
When it comes to Presidio's future, one goal on the mind of many candidates is to add more businesses to the city.
"I want to bring in a grocery store. A really good grocery store with good prices," Juliett Hernandez, Candidate for Presidio City Council, said.
"Find ways to finance more growth and find more opportunities for businesses in the community," Mikal Crowder, Candidate for Presidio City Council, said.
Doing so will bring more jobs, which will attract more people, ensuring Presidio's growth.
"I want Presidio to be known as a place to live. For people to want to live. Not just to be from," Aguilar said.
As May approaches, current and potential city leaders want to urge everyone, especially this election, to rock the vote.