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Somerton Mayor Talks Reopening With Senate Candidate Mark Kelly

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Somerton Mayor Gerardo Anaya speaks with U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly on a Zoom conference call on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Somerton Mayor Gerardo Anaya joined in on a Zoom video call Thursday with mayors from throughout Arizona and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly.

They discussed local efforts on reopening their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Anaya said Somerton officials have worked to educate the bilingual community on how to reopen safely.

“Most of our mom and pop businesses are owned by only Spanish speaking families so as a city what we’ve tried is to meet with them and educate them as much as possible to the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) or any other resources that are available,” Anaya said.

Kelly, a Democrat who is running against Republican Sen. Martha McSally, spoke about challenges securing relief funding as cities and towns across Arizona face budget shortfalls.'

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U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly speaks with mayors from Arizona cities including Somerton Mayor Gerardo Anaya.

“We also need to make sure that communities have the resources they need to ensure essential services not just this year but next year like law enforcement and fire and ambulances are maintained,” Kelly said.

The other mayors on the call were Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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