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NUEVO LAREDO, Tamaulipas – A moment that almost four years ago seemed impossible has happened twice in the City of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, México – having a mayor from the Partido Acción Nacional (National Action Party, PAN).

Enrique Rivas Cuellar took his oath as Mayor for the 2016-2018 term in the City Council Chamber, taking the place of another PAN representative, Carlos Canturosas Villarreal.

In the wee hours of Saturday, Oct. 1, Rivas Cuellar spoke for about three minutes. He spoke about having a direct relationship with the citizens while working together in providing a service of quality.

“We have the commitment and firm purpose of having a narrow relationship with each one of the residents,” he said, adding as a priority his desire to work with a spirit of service.

Rivas Cuellar centered his message on guaranteeing a democratic, competitive, secure and sustainable government.

“We must be professionals in each one of our activities, with a service full of quality and kindness, working for the residents, without questioning, making them feel special, protected, and showing them that they are being taken care of,” Rivas Cuellar said.

He added he would take total responsibility regarding what happens in the city, and that sometimes he will say “no”.

“The clearest thing is the more decent one,” he said. “I’ve always said yes when is something that it can be done, and I’ve said no when I must. But even when I say no, we will look into alternatives to transform the negative into positive.”

“One hundred days. One hundred actions,” is the title of the first program that will be launch by the new Mayor.

Rivas Cuellar he said this program will answer many of the petitions gathered from the residents while campaigning during the Spring.

“It will be the first of many programs, and I know we will have the support of the (new) Governor Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca,” Rivas Cuellar said. “We (both) want Nuevo Laredo to reach its goals and move forward its own modernity.”

Former First Lady of México, Margarita Zavala, was a special guest during the ceremony.

During the first City Council Session, different first level employees took oath. These were:

Treasury and Finance, Daniel Tijerina Valdez; City Secretary, Raúl Cárdenas Thomae; Comptroller and Transparency, José Ramón Ibarra Flores; Public Works, Rubén Gerardo Ramos García; Police Department, José Guadalupe Torres; Primary Public Services, Irma Eugenia Richer de León; Administration, Claudia Marina Velasco Esperón; Human Resources, Ileana Maribel Medina García; Development, Francisco Javier Solís Morales; First Responders, Omar Javier Enríquez Sánchez; Arts & Sports, Irma Gladis Coss Pineda; Governmental Innovation, Claudia Verónica Galaviz.

Meanwhile, the new Mayor’s official Facebook account, pointed out his commitment to work for the residents “with excitement, moving forward the modernity.”