Monday, May 11, 2009

Anthony Texas Mayor Re-elected. Arsenic In Water An Issue in Elections

Darren Meritz and Adriana Gomez report in the El Paso Times this morning that Art Franco, who has been mayor of Anthony Texas for 16 years, was easily re-elected over his challenger, Mayor Pro Tem Orlando Garcia. Franco sees roads, parks and a sewage plant upgrade as important issues for voters. Recently the Texas Water Development Board gave Anthony a grant of $5.6 million to build a new sewage plant. Problems with arsenic in the water in the Anthony region have plagued small communities in the region both in Texas and New Mexico, including Anthony New Mexico.

In other Anthony elections alderman Rosie Holguin was re-elected for place No. 2, and Eduardo Chavez. In the Anthony Independent School District, Eduardo Chavez, Angel Cuellar and Soledad Flores won the at-large seats for the board of trustees.

In Vinton, Alfredo Lopez and Victor Carrejo were elected to places 3 and 5. In place 4, Juvencia Rios Ontiveros defeated Carla Garcia after accusing town council representatives of misusing taxpayer funds.

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