Jaime Gutierrez has filed to run for City of Mission mayor in the upcoming election to be held on Saturday, May 5, with early voting running Monday, April 23, through Tuesday, May 1.
In his formal announcement, Gutierrez said, “My vision is to make the City of Mission the economic platform of the RGV and, at the same time, the best city to live and raise our family.”
He addressed his platform with three points – new leadership, new vision and a new “Mission” – and expressed what he feels is the need to bring unity to the city and to living in a global world.
“I will be facilitator for our citizens and business people. One of my main goals is to unify the City of Mission – united and with equal opportunities. Today, we are living in a global world. It used to be nice when we knew everybody in town, but those days are long gone.
Today we have many people that left their country or city, and that, today, they call the City of Mission their home,” he said.
He outlined a number of points on how he wanted to achieve his vision, ranging from job creation with better pay to attracting more housing and providing training for city employees.
Gutierrez said, “Today, the world is changing at every moment at a faster pace, and we have to change with it or we will be left behind. We must be flexible to change. I will take the City of Mission to a global level. I will provide the best training available for our employees so they can fulfill all the potential they have. Together we will take our city to higher grounds.
“I will maintain low taxes by attracting new businesses to our city, by creating more jobs – better paid jobs – and attracting more housing. I will be the facilitator to make this happen.”
The 47-year-old noted his personal background and said, “I call the City of Mission my home for the past 20 years. I am a bicultural person. Life has prepared me for this moment.”
His announcement stated he was born in Los Angeles, raised in Chicago, attended law school for five years at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and has been married to Nancy Gutierrez for 24 years.
He concluded his announcement with the core reason behind his run for mayor.
“Being mayor requires the individual to have not only the skills, but the heart and passion, to serve our community, and it would be an honor to be your mayor. I don’t have the smallest doubt that the need for change is felt by the majority of the community…. Remember we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”