Name: Gama Mendez
Office seeking: City of Socorro Mayor
Focus- My number one focus for the campaign is to be an example to this new generation and win the election to set the example with my morals and ethical behavior; also by putting God over us, just as our pledge of allegiances states, “one nation under God”.
Opponents- What sets me apart from my opponents is my strong belief in putting God back into our political systems, school districts, jobs, homes, and social activities. This will help create a true conviction and not dare to cheat any system because knowing that a divine power is over us and will serve justice without a supreme court or judges.
Experience-I have minimum experience in the political world, however I do have strong leadership, initiative, thrive and courage. Not many 23 year old leave personal goals and dreams to stand against this rubble. It is not an easy task, but I find myself just as George Washington found himself once before being our first president, without any experience in battle or politics.
Revoking- If I had the opportunity to revoke an ordinance or a plan, it would have to be the plan of annexation San Elizario. It is going to hurt many local businesses in the San Elizario area, but most importantly the residents. Also the city would have to hire more police officers and other city employees to serve the new city limits. And it can be costly. We as rational people shouldn't just annex someone's homeland. I believe we should first fix our small city then seek other potential areas that will help us increase population density.
Life changer- There are many beautiful life changing moments like the day I met my wife, the day I saw my first son, the day I cried for my first daughter, the day I became a true follower of Christ, but the one life changer moment was when a reporter from KVIA told me " people like you is the reason why Socorro is”. That day I knew I had to turn the odds around and prove that people like me can try to make a better living for others and a better future for our children.
Socorro changing- Socorro has and is changing in many positive ways, but there are still more opportunities. If Socorro wants to become more successful, a house cleaning needs to be completed. I mean if you saw something wrong and didn't say anything, you are out. If you said something to contribute the corruption, you are out. It's like a tree under cables, if you keep cutting the branch it will only help for a season, but if you cut the tree from its roots, it will never grow back under the cables. Perhaps it will take time to clean the house but that is where the community takes part. We are all in this together.
Balancing life- I have learned well from my instructors and several books how to administer time, but I believe that family always comes first. In this case if I become elected I will not lose focus in the development of my children and the passion I have for my wife, because I will put them first. As for the city they will become my family, which means I will also put them first. My business and nonprofit organization will be managed by a family member and a close friend.
Facebook account- Yes, I do have a Facebook account, and it is open to everyone, I think leaders and public figures should be 100% transparent. No lies’, no hiding anything, trust is a foundation to many relationships.