ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Current state Rep., former Sandoval commissioner, was mayor in the `90s.
State Rep. Tom Swisstack, D-Rio Rancho, today announced he will run for mayor of Rio Rancho in March 2008, a job he held from 1994 to 1998, according to a Swisstack news release.
Swisstack, who is director of the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention & Youth Services Center, has represented Dist. 60 in the state House of Representatives since 2002. He has lived in Rio Rancho since 1984 and was a Sandoval County commissioner for eight years, the release said.
"We need to put problem-solving ahead of politics and egos to address the issues that face Rio Rancho," Swisstack said in his release. "Bringing people together to get things accomplished is what I've done for 20 years as a county commissioner, may and state representative for the Rio Rancho area."
The current mayor is former Councilman Michael Williams, who was named the city's 11th mayor on Aug. 8, after holding the job on a temporary basis following the resignation in July of Kevin Jackson, who quit amidst allegations that he misspent city and federal grant funds.
Jackson became mayor in May 2006, beating both Williams and the previous mayor, Jim Owen.
Meanwhile, the attorney Jackson hired to represent him in a continuing federal investigation into the misspent funds allegation told the Rio Rancho Journal that Jackson and his family have moved to Pennsylvania.