BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – A new mayor is at the helm in Belen and at just 30 years old, Jerah Cordova is the youngest mayor the city has ever had.
“Youth gives you energy, gives you motivation and ambition and certainly connects you to advancements we are seeing in society,” said Cordova.
Cordova was sworn in Monday night and is already busy at work.
Cordova has big plans for the city, number one bringing jobs.
It’s been six years since Solo Cup left the area, taking with it 200 jobs, and besides Walmart, BNSF and schools, there are no other big employers.
There has been talk for years about building a hospital, and a huge development west of town, but neither has materialized.
All the businesses seem to be going north to Los Lunas.
While many in Belen want to preserve the small town feel, people also need work.
“We need to clean up our town. We need to do our best to unboard buildings boarded up – fill with businesses,” Cordova said.
Cordova says his first week in office will be spent meeting with city employees, community and neighborhood organizations and business leaders. He says he wants to hear their ideas.