In his January 20, 1961 inaugural speech JFK stated “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” While we don’t disagree with this sentiment, at some point you do need to ask what your country can do for you. Or, more specifically, what your elected officials are doing for you. Between the City and the Hospital District, El Paso has over a BILLION dollars in Outstanding Tax Supported Debt. $22 million dollars disappears out of Tax Payer pockets and Joyce Wilson STILL hasn’t told us who is responsible and, other than a ‘pretty please’ letter, City Council isn’t doing anything to compel her to do so. Water and Electric bills are going up this year AND El Paso wages are, according to the El Paso times, “ranked 331st out of 342 large counties in the United States, and ranked well below the national weekly average of $974”. El Pasoans are groaning under the burden. Is it any wonder our children are leaving El Paso to find jobs?
We think that it is time to REALLY start asking what our elected officials are doing for us. Instead of spending their time talking about the price of Chihuahua tickets, trying to block FOI requests, squabbling among themselves or allowing contract extensions for CEO’s who have lied, maybe they should focus on improving the quality of life for their constituents. Maybe they should be trying to attract new businesses and new jobs to the area. Maybe they should actually be repaving roads, finishing plazas and fixing and building pools. Maybe they should be doing the job we elected them to do.
Maybe they just need to be reminded. So, write them a note or give them a call, they are probably waiting to hear from you:
Mayor Oscar Leeser: 915-212-0021, email@example.com
District 1 Rep. Peter Svarzbein: 915-212-0001, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3 Rep. Emma Acosta: 915-212-0003, email@example.com
District 4 Rep. Carl Robinson: 915-212-0004, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 5 Rep. Michiel Noe: 915-212-0005, email@example.com
District 6 Rep. Claudia Ordaz: 915-212-0006, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 7 Rep. Lily Limon: 915-212-0007, email@example.com
District 8 Rep. Cortney Niland: 915-212-0008, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Escobar, County Judge: (915) 546-2098, CountyJudge@epcounty.com
Carlos Leon, Precinct 1: (915) 546-2014, Commissioner1@epcounty.com
David Stout, Precinct 2: (915) 546-2111, Commissioner2@epcounty.com
Vincent Perez, Precinct 3: (915) 546-2144, email@example.com
Andrew Haggerty, Precinct 4: (915) 546-2044, firstname.lastname@example.org