After my posting on December 18, I received several comments (see below, in comments section to that post) suggesting that Andrew Moralez would make an excellent choice for Mayor of Anthony, should voters approve the measure on January 5. This morning I got another one asking who Moralez is, and while replying to this I decided to call Mr. Moralez and see if he might be interested in the job, and I had a lengthy conversation with him about it.
Mr. Moralez's first inclination was to reject the idea. The incorporation vote may not pass, and should it pass, he said, he might not be able to run for the job since he has a job with the state, and finally he would not want to run unless he felt there was strong support for him. I asked him if he would consider running if it was determined that there were no legal impediments to his running, and if he might make some arrangement between now and December 2010 that would enable him to keep working at least part time for the Border Authority. He said that under those conditions he would think seriously about the job and begin sounding out his potential base of support.
I told him I doubted there would be serious legal or salary issues with his running for the job, although I am not expert in this area. I encouraged him to explore the legal and salary issues, so he would be ready one way or another should the incorporation issue pass.
Mr. Moralez would indeed be an excellent choice to be the first mayor of Anthony. He ran the governor's office here in Las Cruces from 2003-2009, and then went to Santa Fe for several months to run the governor's constituent services office. Then he was appointed executive director of the NM Border Authority, where he has been for the last six months. In these positions he has been able to get to know the inner workings of several layers of state and local government, and to establish contacts with officials throughout the state. Let's face it, the first priority of the new municipality, should voters approve of it, would be to raise money and, second, to reassure people there were honest adults running the city. With Mr. Moralez's extensive contacts and mature demeanor he would fit the bill for both. Sunland Park is an object lesson Anthony. The city has made outstanding strides when it has had good leadership and all kinds of embarrassing disasters take place when leadership is bad.
Voters will still have to decide for themselves whether to support incorporation or not. I will be posting my thoughts about it in the next few days in a separate posting.