Southern Group endorses Mayor Miyagishima

By Ken Newtson, Southern New Mexico Group

The Las Cruces city elections, to be held on Nov. 3, include the mayoral race, three City Council races and a municipal-judge race.

The Sierra Club Southern New Mexico Group has endorsed the presiding mayor, Ken Miyagishima, who is running against former City Councilor Miguel Silva and businesswoman Eugina Ortega.

Ken has demonstrated his commitment to creating a livable Las Cruces for all the city’s residents.  He has rejected the narrow view that our prosperity can be measured by the profits of a few, but must instead include quality of life issues for all.

Two-term councilor for District 4 and New Mexico Wilderness Alliance staff member Nathan Small is stepping down. Jack Eakman, a healthcare administrator, is running against Gilbert Vasquez, a former sprinkler fitter for fire-suppression systems, to replace Nathan in District 4. District 2 race has incumbent Greg Smith running against Philip VanVeen. The race to fill Miguel Silva’s position as District 1 Councilor includes Kasandra Gandara, Eli Guzman, and Steve Calderazzo.

Southern Group endorses Mayor Miyagishima