Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s special coverage of the southern New Mexico borderland is made possible in part by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation. Today’s story is about the latest developments in the troubled New Mexico border town of Sunland Park.
Frontera NorteSur Special Feature
In a stunning political development, the often-fractious Sunland Park City Council took action April 18 by a vote of 3-2, with one abstention, to install 24-year-old New Mexico State University graduate Javier Perea as mayor. Appearing before a packed house at the Sunland Park Senior Citizens Center, the finely-dressed and carefully-groomed young man vowed to pursue an open, responsible government dedicated to economic development for an impoverished U.S.-Mexico border town submerged in political scandals, state and federal criminal investigations and state financial probes of the municipal government.