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Second candidate enters race for Ward 1

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The first contested city election for City Council is shaping up now that Jeffrey Cabana and Jacob Roebuck have announced their candidacies for Ward 1.

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Principally south of College Boulevard and north of McGaffey Street, and generally west of Atkinson Avenue and east of Union Avenue, Ward 1 lies in the geographic center of Roswell. Mayoral candidate Natasha Mackey and City Councilor Juan Oropesa currently represent the ward. In 2016, Oropesa ran unopposed for a four-year term.

Looking for a change and better weather, Cabana, 39, moved to Roswell in 2013 from Worcester, Massachusetts.

Cabana, who announced his candidacy last week, said he appreciates the area’s cost of living, and genuinely loves the people of Roswell. He met his wife, Lynette, here and the couple are raising six children together.

This is Cabana’s first campaign for public office.

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“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Cabana said. “The city I grew up in was much larger, politics much older. It was tough to run there.”

Cabana is the audio engineer and producer for Live & Amplified. His main occupation is audio engineering, music and film.

Cabana said he offers video and audio services for charities. He said he has worked with the Walk for Autism since it began, and recently started working with the Roswell Homeless Coalition by creating a video for them. He said he helps the Unity Center with advertising, getting their studio up and running, and mentoring kids that want to learn sound.

“Helping people out is not about personal gain — it’s about helping them out,” he said.

Cabana said he has worked on all the major films that have come through Roswell.

Roebuck, who announced his candidacy for the Ward 1 seat on Dec. 5, and Cabana have worked together in the past and live on opposite sides of Ward 1.

“I like Jacob, he’s a great guy,” said Cabana. “I had already made my mind up to run. That’s when I really discovered how large the ward is.”

Cabana said his top priorities running for City Council are to increase tourism and the arts and to make Roswell a better place to raise children.

“The two go hand in hand, tourism being number one,” Cabana said. “I want to double the numbers in three to four years. We are the capital of UFO and aliens. People come here expecting more. Roswell is like your three-hour stop, rather than a destination. I want to see Roswell become the destination. We need to give people enough things to do for them to want to stay three to four days when they vacation here.”

Cabana said he notices that Roswell is great for extracurricular activities, but would love to see more arts and music programs for children. He said he considers parks to be important.

“I know it is unrealistic in the short term, but I would like to see more parks,” Cabana said. “In the long term, I would love for every child to have a park within walking distance, at least one in every neighborhood.”

Cabana said he is affiliated with the Libertarian Party and is interested being involved in the Planning and Zoning Committee if elected.

Of the current city councilors, Cabana said he admires Councilor Caleb Grant. For the mayoral election, Cabana said in his opinion, current Mayor Dennis Kintigh and former Mayor Del Jurney are the strongest candidates.

“As a councilor, I will never forget that I work for the citizens of this town,” Cabana said. “First and foremost, elected positions are civil service. I believe heavily in civic service. I think everyone should reach out and run for local office to see what they can contribute to their community. I would every day remind myself that I work for the people if elected.”

City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.