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Kintigh kicks off reelection campaign

Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh stands behind a podium in the foyer of the Roswell Convention Center Wednesday, where he stated that he will seek a third term as mayor. A former FBI agent and state legislator, Kintigh was elected mayor in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. City elections are scheduled for March. (Alex Ross Photo)

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After almost eight years in office, Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh announced Wednesday that he will seek a third term next year.

Standing before a small crowd in the foyer of the Roswell Convention Center with his campaign logo on a flatscreen TV behind him, Kintigh made the announcement following the monthly luncheon of the Chaves County Federated Republican Women. The nonpartisan mayoral election is scheduled for March.

Flyers were distributed at the luncheon urging attendees to stay afterwards for “a special announcement about Roswell’s future.”

“Big surprise, the secret is I’m running for reelection,” he said. “You, the voters, will make the determination whether you want me to continue or not.” As of Wednesday, Kintigh is the only candidate to publicly enter the race.

Kintigh went on to say he wants to continue as mayor for three reasons: To safeguard what he describes as the “tremendous progress” made during his tenure, keep alive what he says is a new spirit in Roswell, and a desire to fight for the city.

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Among the accomplishments he touted were the construction of both the Convention Center and the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center, improving streets and having splash pads installed in areas throughout the city.

He also said he is proud of work dealing with the issue of blighted neighborhoods.

“There is probably not a neighborhood around here that hasn’t seen a derelict structure removed,” he said.

Kintigh said he believes a new spirit has taken root in the community, where longstanding challenges are not ignored but confronted.

“We have an expectation of excellence. It doesn’t mean we’re excellent, we have an expectation of that now. We will not accept less,” he said.

During the four-minute address, Kintigh also positioned himself as a champion for Roswell, saying that both the federal and state governments do not “respect this community or this community’s values.”

“That’s an ugly reality. We are an island, a paradise, or an oasis of rationality in a world that has gone mad,” he said.

Kintigh cited negotiations to keep air service going at the Roswell Air Center last year as an example about how he will aggressively advocate for the city’s interests.

A former FBI agent and state representative, Kintigh was first elected mayor in 2014 when he unseated incumbent Del Jurney. He went on to win reelection in 2018 in a three-way race.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with coverage of this and other elections of local and regional interest, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/elections/.

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