Two Contenders Vie for Mayor of Douglas, New Mexico

Mark Mermis, owner of Borderland Chevrolet, and Jose Grijalva, a longtime councilman, are the two contenders vying for the position of mayor in Douglas, New Mexico. Mermis, a self-proclaimed outsider, aims to bring Douglas back to its roots, while Grijalva, a native of the city, wants to ensure that citizens’ voices are heard. Both candidates emphasize their non-political backgrounds.

Mermis decided to run for mayor after being approached by other business owners. He proposes revitalizing the downtown area by encouraging merchants to improve their building facades. Mermis suggests providing grant money or small loans to support this initiative, with a repayment plan if the project fails to succeed. Additionally, he aims to bring an independent grocery store to Douglas to compete with Walmart.

Grijalva, on the other hand, wants to establish a stronger connection between City Hall and the average citizen. He plans to hold monthly meetings in public spaces to foster open conversations and ensure that the public’s concerns are heard. Grijalva also advocates for the repair of city streets and sidewalks, the creation of a community center, and the strengthening of Douglas’ relationship with Agua Prieta, Sonora.

There have been some issues raised during the campaign. Mermis has criticized Grijalva’s disability, suggesting that his legal blindness may hinder his ability to drive. However, Grijalva has stated that transportation has never been a problem for him, as he has received offers for rides from community members and City Hall staff. Concerns have also been raised about Mermis’ residency in Douglas, as his house and dealership are listed under the name Lollipop LLC, based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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