Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Candidate Profile: Steve Ortega - Candidate for Mayor

Name: Steve Ortega
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Education: Eastwood Heights Elementary, Desert View Middle School, Cathedral High School, B.A., Government - University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Sociology - University of Texas at Austin, J.D. - The George Washington University
Military Service (Please indicate branch, years of service, rank achieved, and military occupational speciality): None
Occupation: City Representative, Attorney
Professional Experience: Education, Law
Community Involvement: Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso - mentor, YMCA - basketball coach, Metropolitan Planning Organization - chairman, Regional Ports of Entry Advisory Board - chairman, El Paso Crime Victims' Memorial Committee - organizer, Mayor' s Congresso on Immigration Reform - co-organizer, Juarez Displaced Journalists Fundraiser - co-organizer, Miner Orangeville - co-organizer, Jose Rodriguez Campaign for County Attorney - campaign manager, El Paso History Museum Mayors' Oral History Project, 65th District Court Ad Litem Advisory Committee
Though its a non-partisan race, please indicate your general political persuasion:
What are your priority issues for the district?:
1) creating a competitive regional environment for quality job growth,
2) aggressively support efforts at the Medical Center of the Americas, Ft. Bliss, and reducing wait times at our int'l bridges, and
3) ensuring proper implementation of the bond projects.
What are the first three acts you would undertake as a member of Council?:
1) meet with each council member to discuss and understand their goals and concerns,
2) work with business/neighborhood leadership, our congressman, and state/county leaders to create a formal and unified El Paso agenda to continue moving El Paso forward, and
3) schedule monthly constituent meetings around the community to get regular constituent input and feedback.
How often have you voted in elections in El Paso? (going back ten years):
I believe I have voted in all local, state, and national elections over the past ten years.


Anonymous said...

2 questions if i get past the censor

1. why do you want public input when your entire time in office has endorsed PR CAMPAIGNS disguised as public input meetings? Or is this just more of the same?

2. You are widely seen as a Hunt/Foster/Sanders supporter. They are all conservative republicans who spend lavishly on right wing causes. Would it be fair to say you are a social democrat and a fiscal right winger who supports trickle down economics? Why can't Foster Hunt and Sanders pay for their own dreams without taxpayer assistance? Do you really think that retail development requires taxpayer assistance? Do you really think that all the risk of bringing in AAA baseball should be held by the taxpayer? The value of the club which is what mountainstar is purchasing is not subject to a business plan. If they do a miserable job they can sell the franchise and still make money. Just like the diablos did with their AA affiliation. Meanwhile the taxpayer is holding the bag for an empty stadium that we paid for. We did it with Cohen and are doing it again in the name of economic development downtown. Why is this being sold as El Paso doing something different?

Anonymous said...

Will voting for him be voting to keep Joyce Wilson in office? Ortega seems to be her puppet!

The Lion Star said...

I posted this comment mainly so that I could call you a pussy for not leaving your name and making your "get past the censor" remark.