Mayor won't run for County Commissioner

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Staying out of it.
  • Staying out of it.

It's long been assumed that Mayor Lionel Rivera would run for El Paso County Commissioner this year.

You know what they say about assumptions.

"I called the El Paso County chair [of the Republican party]," he says, "and I [also] told the vice chair I'm not running."

Asked why not, he mentions the current challenges of his mayoral duties (budgets, medical marijuana, etc.), the pressures from his job, and a need to spend more time at home.

"I do have a wife that I'd like to spend more time with," he says.

Rivera says he won't rule out a future run, but says right now, "it just doesn't work for my schedule."

"Once you've been in politics, you never say [never]," he says, "because you never know what will come up."

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