Five people are running for three available seats on the Nogales City Council: Saulo Bonilla, Mary Darling, Nubar Hanessian, Jorge Maldonado and Liza Montiel.
Hanessian and Maldonado are incumbents. Darling is a write-in candidate.
City elections are nonpartisan, meaning candidates don’t run as a member of a political party. Even so, the city holds a primary election to be decided on Aug. 4, during which candidates who earn votes on 50 percent plus one of the ballots cast are elected outright. If any of the three seats is not won during the primary, they will be put on the general election ballot in November.
Councilmembers serve a four-year term and earn a monthly stipend of $25.
The Nogales International recently interviewed the five candidates via telephone. They were given one minute to answer each question and the questions were not provided in advance.
“As a lifetime resident and with my family here in Nogales, I’d like to be a part of helping shape the future of the city – a good quality of life," he said.
"I thought, ‘I need to find someone to run for city council.’ And then I realized, ‘Suck it up, and go do it yourself,’" she said.
“I think we’ve done a super job. We’ve kept the budget in control, we have a plan, we’ve been paving, we’ve been doing everything, basically,” he said.
If re-elected, Maldonado said he would be involved in creating more parks for soccer and baseball, as well as a bike lane in the city.
“The city needs to have a proactive approach to attracting, retaining and helping local businesses and entrepreneurs," she said.