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Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 23:37
SUNLAND PARK, NM — Doña Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando confirms that Javier Perea was sworn in as mayor of Sunland Park Thursday evening.
This is the second time Perea has been sworn in a mayor.
He was sworn into office in April, but resigned after controversy ensued.
Perea says the city has been left without a leader for far too long, but Mayor Pro Tem Isabel Santos is calling for a new election.
Perea says he hopes other city leaders are willing to work towards the city's greater good.
"My hope is that their intentions are truly for the city. That's where I am and hopefully we can work together to find solutions. That doesn't mean we will all agree on the same issues. There is going to be a difference of opinion. That's respectable,” said Perea.
One of the city leaders Perea must work closely with isn't supporting him as mayor. Mayor Pro Tem Isabel Santos says she wants a new election.
"I would like that they be here and attend the meeting, and they know what is the situation we have here,” said Santos.
Santos says mayoral candidate runner-up Gerardo Hernandez should be considered to become the city's new mayor, despite telling us in April she felt Hernandez was corrupt when he asked to be appointed as the city manager, but only wanted the position temporarily while he waited to become mayor.
"The problem was when Mr. Gerardo tried to speak in the meetings, the city council, they don't want to pay attention to him,” said Santos.
"I'm going to be declared by the court that I'm the new mayor of Sunland Park,” said Hernadez.
It’s a strong statement after he claimed that he won the lawsuit against former Sunland Park Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Salinas after Salinas failed to respond to the lawsuit by the deadline.
Salina's attorney Josh Spencer says he responded to the lawsuit a few days before deadline, and Doña Ana District Attorney Amy Orlando says for the most part, Hernandez has lost his case. She also says there has been no judgment made to declare him as mayor.