To me, voting is a sacred duty that I have completed for more than 50 years. I know many people in our city, for a variety of reasons, do not. But maybe this opinion piece, in some small way, will encourage you to vote on Nov. 6, especially if you are a qualified voter and a resident of the City of Nogales.

Much of my observation is based on the July 24 meet-the-candidates gathering at the Quality Hotel Americana that was chaired by Manuel Coppola of the Nogales International. Some complained that the space was too small, but to me as an observer, the space was just right; few knew I was even there.  

The candidates I wanted to hear were the six running for Nogales City Council. They are, in alphabetical order: Hector Borjorquez, Saulo Bonilla, Jesus Kataura, Esther Melendez Lopez, Robert Rojas and Linda Rushton.

In case you have not been listening, because of President Trump’s treatment of women, 2018 has the appearance of being the year of the women. The voting population of Nogales must be at least 50 percent women, so let’s be in step with the nation and at least elect two women to the city council.

In the first round of voting (the Aug. 28 primary), the vote went to two men (Bojorquez and Rojas) and Melendez Lopez. Rushton was fourth. Only the top three will win seats on the council, but since nobody earned votes on a majority of ballots, all three open seats are up for election again on Nov. 6.

I can just imagine that if both of these men are elected, there comes the possibility of more name calling and innuendoes. Would it not make more sense to elect a new individual to council, a lady with new ideas?

Some might say, “I voted for her/him because she/he’s a fighter.” City Hall does not need more fighters or more alpha males. It needs politicians who are willing to compromise and get things done. Like making sure our beautiful location in the southeastern highlands of Southern Arizona retains much of its beauty, but still allowing for businesses to thrive.

Some might say, “I voted for that person because he/she is related to my cousin’s cousin.” The question is, what does he/she know about tourism or recycling, or improving Morley Avenue, etc.?

In regard to council members getting along, please notice how political signs are arranged in our community. The ladies seem to place their signs with one of the mayoral candidates, whereas the males seem to be lone wolves ready to bite anyone who opposes them.

These are just a few observations that you may or may not find helpful, but at least they might help you realize how important voting for Nogales City Council is.

(Cripe is a resident of Nogales.)

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