Gerardo 'Jerry' Anaya Elected Mayor of Somerton

Sep 13, 2018

Gerardo "Jerry" Anaya will be the next mayor of Somerton. Anaya, who is currently the vice mayor, won the election by a 2 to 1 margin over incumbent Jose Yepez on August 28. Anaya received 66 percent of the vote with Yepez receiving 33 percent.

Anaya said he felt the community's support leading up to the election.

"Well, obviously (voters) wanted a change at the top at the mayor position," he told KAWC. "Throughout the campaign, talking to people, it was evident they wanted a change and I was getting a lot of support. So the results last week, you're always cautiously optimistic, but I had a very good idea that I had a good chance."

Three seats on the Somerton City Council were also chosen by voters in the recent election. Incumbents Miguel Villalpando and Carlos Gonzalez were re-elected and newcomer Juan Castillo was elected.

Anaya and the council members will be sworn in during a November meeting.

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KAWC Reporter Victor Calderón asked Somerton Mayor-Elect Jerry Anaya about what issues matter most to Somerton residents. Stay tuned to KAWC 88.9 FM and kawc.org in the coming days for what he said about the future of the South Yuma County city.