- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Dissatisfied residents in Sunland Park are petitioning to dissolve the government in their southern New Mexico city.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1ZA3zfa ) that two Sunland Park city councilors have been arrested in recent weeks — one for marijuana possession and another for providing alcohol to minors.

A group organized by 16-year Sunland Park resident Sam Gutierrez had a petition to disincorporate the city approved by Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins. Now they must collect approximately 1,400 signatures from registered voters.

Ellins says the group doesn’t have a deadline for collecting signatures.

Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea says he is taking the petition seriously and other residents should, too.

According to Ellins, enough valid signatures would result in a special election to determine whether the city should be dissolved.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com


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