Ward 2 Carlsbad City Council incumbent Leo Estrada seeks a second term to the seat he has held for nearly five years.
He is facing challenger Jeffrey Forrest in the Nov. 2 City Council elections.
“I am running for reelection because I’m committed to continue representing the interests of the constituents that live in my ward as well as the City as a whole,” he said.
Estrada sought the second term after election in 2018. He was appointed in 2016 to finish out the term of Sandra Nunley who resigned.
Estrada said construction of the West Bypass Loop Relief Route connecting U.S. Highways 285 and 62/180 in southwest Carlsbad is crucial for Ward 2 and the City of Carlsbad.
“The current traffic flow pattern creates difficulties with the Youth Sport Complex, and schools located along Lea Street. I would also like to see some more sidewalks and projects within my Ward,” he said.
The City of Carlsbad and Eddy County partnered for the West Bypass Loop Relief Route.
Estrada grew up in Carlsbad and has been married for 44 years. He graduated from Carlsbad High School and obtained a degree from Northwood University. Estrada has worked at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for over 30 years.
Estrada said advocating for infrastructure improvements and housing developments are part of his plan to support City of Carlsbad administration dealing with future growth.
“A great accomplishment that happened while I was serving as city councilman is the Double Eagle (Water System) Phase 3 project. This project included an additional 5-million-gallon reservoir, waterlines, and a new chlorination facility. This system allows the Double Eagle water system and the Sheep Draw water system to work in tandem to provide water for the citizens of Carlsbad,” he said.
“This project and similar future projects involving the Ogallala Aquifer will help ensure that the City of Carlsbad will have plenty of water for the future.”
According to the Texas Water Development Board, the Ogallala Aquifer is 36,293 square miles with 49 counties in its boundaries and stretches from New Mexico to South Dakota.
Estrada said the City of Carlsbad made strides to meet increased demands for housing. More needs to be done.
“Although Carlsbad has numerous homes for sale and vacancies in hotels and man camps at the current time, and I will continue to support the construction of additional single-family homes, to support future growth,” he said.
Besides housing and infrastructure, Estrada is committed to youth sports in Carlsbad. He has coached youth sports nearly all of his life and activities for Carlsbad’s younger population are part of his reelection platform.
“I would also support all the city staff in their continued effort in keeping Carlsbad a quality place to call home,” he said. “It’s also important to me that the City has adequate staffing to support our diverse, growing community. I would also like to see more projects like the sand volleyball and pickle ball courts happen in our wonderful parks.”
Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.