Border city works to put scandals behind amid new ones

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Posted: Jan 28, 2016 12:10 PM

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The border city of Sunland Park, New Mexico, thought it was shedding the taint from a series of scandals but troubles have started again.

One councilor was arrested recently during a council meeting on drug charges and another was arrested on allegations he gave beer to his 19-year-old girlfriend.

The troubles have prompted renewed calls to disband the city along with an effort by leaders to transform the town. Mayor Javier Perea recently hosted a meeting to encourage residents to run for office in March elections.

Last year, a former mayoral candidate in Sunland Park pleaded guilty to extortion for secretly recording an opponent receiving a lap dance from a topless woman.

Perea has created new committees aimed at getting more civic involvement from residents. He hopes one committee helps craft a code of ethics for elected officials.

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