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Ex-councilor running for RR mayor

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Former city councilor Mike Williams is interested in becoming Rio Rancho’s next mayor.

Williams made the announcement in a news release this week. He is the second to go public with his intention to be a mayoral candidate in the March municipal election.

Morgan Braden announced his plan to run for mayor in July.

Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack said he has not decided whether he will run again. Swisstack was elected in 2008 for the balance of the term of former mayor Kevin Jackson, who resigned in mid-2007. He was reelected in 2010.

WILLIAMS: Touts “experience and qualifications”

WILLIAMS: Touts “experience and qualifications”

Williams also served as deputy mayor and was interim mayor in late 2007 and early 2008, after Jackson’s resignation.

Williams was city councilor for District 1 in southern Rio Rancho from 2000 to 2012 when he lost a re-election bid to Councilor Chuck Wilkins. He also served on Rio Rancho’s Labor Management Board and on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board.

“I don’t think there is anybody out there that can beat my experience and qualifications,” Williams said.

If elected, Williams said he would focus on getting the governing body to work better together for the good of Rio Rancho.

Outside of his political life, Williams had a career as a law enforcement officer, retiring in 2005 from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

Rio Rancho’s nonpartisan municipal election is scheduled for March 4, 2014. The mayor’s position and council seats in districts 2, 3 and 5 will be in the running.