D. KENT EVANS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF BORDER COUNTIES COALITION

D. KENT EVANS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF BORDER COUNTIES COALITION

District 4 Doña Ana County Commissioner D. Kent Evans has been elected president of the U.S./Mexico Border Counties Coalition. The election was held last weekend in Laredo, Texas, at the organization’s annual conference.

Evans succeeds San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox as president of the 24-county organization, which, according to its website, is a nonpartisan, consensus-based policy and technical forum founded to address challenges facing county governments located on the United States/Mexico Border.

“Our coalition,” Cox said, “is fortunate to have someone like Kent leading our advocacy efforts. Kent’s experience and knowledge of the distinct issues facing border communities is critical as we work to ensure that the unique concerns of border counties are communicated to policy makers in Washington, D.C.”

The website states that the coalition recognizes that notwithstanding the differences among the participating counties - some are large, some are small, some are urban and some are rural - there are a number of issues that are common to all border counties.

“I’m honored to have been elected president of this important organization,” Evans said. “I’ll work hard to pursue the coalition’s goals and to advance the interests and concerns of border residents.”

The goals of the United States/Mexico Border Counties Coalition are:

• To advocate legislation and other policies to provide to Border Counties the fiscal resources to meet the costs associated with being located on the United States/Mexico Border.

• To initiate advocacy efforts with the U.S. Congress to include the establishment of a United States/Mexico Border Congressional Caucus.

• To promote improvements in the economy, infrastructure and the other conditions along the United States/Mexico Border.

• To develop constructive dialogue between U.S. County officials and their Mexican counterparts across the border.

Last March, the coalition released its border economic profile study titled, “At the Cross Roads, US/Mexico Border Counties in Transition.” The comprehensive report, which received widespread national media attention, looks at the border as if it were a 51st state.

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