Several mull running for Vegas mayor

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By David Giuliani

It’s 11 months away, but a few local residents are thinking about running for mayor in next year’s municipal election.

May-or Tony Marquez, who was elected last March, hasn’t revealed whether he would run for a second two-year term.

Two City Council members are considering runs for mayor.

“I’m thinking about it. I haven’t made up my mind,” Councilman Andrew Feldman said.

Feldman, who was elected to the council last year, started out as an ally of Marquez, but in recent months, he has accused the mayor of micromanaging City Hall. Marquez has returned the charge.

Councilman Morris Madrid said he isn’t ruling out a run for the city’s top spot.

“I have been approached by some groups, but to discuss it this far in advance would only distract from my role as a city councilor,” Madrid said.

Another council member, Diane Moore, who joined the council in 2006, said she is not going to run for mayor in 2010.

“I’m looking forward to someone who will bring change,” she said.

San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz, a former councilman and West Las Vegas school board member, said he has had many requests to run for the city’s top office.

“Everything is always a possibility, but I’m not actively pursuing it,” he said.

Former Councilman Louie Trujillo, who served from 2000 to 2008, said he, too, has been approached by people asking him to run for mayor.

“I haven’t given it a great amount of consideration right now. I would consider it a lot closer to the election,” he said.

Marquez, who served on the council for more than a decade, didn’t return a message for comment on his plans.

Marquez, who has a top job in the state Corrections Department in Santa Fe, has had a tough last few months. In December, he saw the sudden exit of his choice as city manager, Sharon Caballero, who accused him of micromanaging.

Marquez beat Henry Sanchez in last year’s election. Sanchez didn’t return a call for comment.