Team Shapleigh scored a major victory by taking out their chief rival in State Rep Norma Chavez and extending their political empire further than they previously have.
But they may have found themselves over-extended. I noticed a definite mood change about Team Shapleigh and there is a growing sentiment of backlash.
Then there is team Gandara. In the valley, you can find a Gandara in almost every level of government and in some case, more than one Gandara.
Now the patriarch, Willie Gandara Sr, is bidding to oust Socorro Mayor Trini Lopez. Socorro already has one Gandara on their city council.
Big Willie will probably win, but I think the Gandaras are risking a little backlash of their own. Especially now that you have in-fighting within the Gandara clan.
I think there are a lot of people in this town that just want to scream at the top of their lungs, “How much power is enough for you people?”
Is it really necessary for Team Shapleigh and the Gandara Family to have all the elected positions in this town?
I’m telling you, eventually the Chicanos are going to get behind a candidate that isn’t afraid to take on the elite Team Shapleigh and the people are going to kick out all of the Gandaras if both cliques are careful about their next move.