Three candidates are in the running for Santa Cruz County supervisor in District 1, which includes much of Nogales and areas to its immediate east.
Incumbent Manuel “Manny” Ruiz, bidding for a sixth term in office, is facing off against Robert Rojas, who held the position for one term prior to Ruiz’s election, in the Democratic primary.
Local businessman Mike Melendez is running unopposed in the Republican primary. He’ll take on the Ruiz-Rojas winner in the general election.
County supervisors serve four-year terms and earn an annual salary of $63,800.
The Nogales International recently interviewed the three candidates via telephone. They were given one minute to answer each question and the questions were not provided in advance.
Some of their answers have been paraphrased or edited for clarity or space.
Candidates were also asked to submit a sidebar questionnaire and a photo.
- By Genesis Lara • Nogales International
“I think the reason people continue to elect us is because they trust us and they see that we’re working to make this community better," he said.
- By Nick Phillips • Nogales International
“I think that the community is ready for the change and I think I’m the right change,” he said.
- By Jonathan Clark • Nogales International
“Here in Santa Cruz County, people confuse democracy with Democrats, and that’s the problem," he said.