Olguin to run for mayor

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Socorro City Councilman Michael Olguin, Jr. has announced he is running for the position of mayor of Socorro in the upcoming March 4, 2014 city election.

Michael Olguin, Jr.

Councilman Olguin, Jr., who is presently serving his second term on the Socorro City Council said in a press release he is running for mayor because he believes not only is it time for a change but job development, economic growth and working closely with the business community is long overdue.

“Since 2011, Socorro has issued only three building permits for new residential homes and only four permits for new commercial buildings,” Olguin said in the release.

“This shows that Socorro has seen very little growth in that period of time.”

Olguin said gross receipts revenue, the amount returned to the city for money that is spent on goods and services, has seen very little growth as well. In January, 2007, gross receipts revenue received by the City was $283,394. In September, 2013, the amount was $286,952.

“In seven years, spending in Socorro has remained almost flat,” Councilman Olguin said. “There is no question that we need to do a better job in working with the business community and promoting growth in a community that has become stagnant.”

Olguin was born and grew up in Socorro. He attended local schools and went on to graduate from the University of New Mexico with a degree in business management.

“After graduating from UNM there was no question in my mind that I would be returning to Socorro to do what I could to give back to the community and help provide as many opportunities to people as I have been provided,” he said.

Upon returning Olguin had a short stint as an insurance and financial planner before being hired as an assistant soccer coach at Socorro High School.

From there he completed his requirements to become a certified teacher and was employed at Socorro High School as a teacher and assistant soccer coach from 2006-2009.

In 2009 he began working at New Mexico Tech as a recruiter and later moved to the Office for Advancement.

He currently is the manager of property and casualty insurance lines with Michael Olguin Insurance Associates.

“I believe Socorro, with sufficient employment opportunities will be a big step in helping to curb the negative aspects of the community and help provide jobs and economic development,” he said. “With the help of the my fellow Socorroans, I am excited and looking forward to taking the City in a new and prosperous direction by implementing an aggressive economic development and job growth plan.”