Republican Gregg Hull joins the race for the citys top job
Rio Rancho’s still distant mayoral election race is proving a big attraction.
Gregg Hull, 48, is the third candidate to announce his intention to seek the office, joining Morgan Braden and Mike Williams.
The mayor’s position, and council seats in districts 2, 3 and 5 will be up for grabs in the nonpartisan municipal election on March 4, 2014.
Incumbent Mayor Tom Swisstack said he has not decided whether he will run again.
Swisstack was elected in 2008 for the balance of the term of former Mayor Kevin Jackson, who resigned in mid-2007. He was reelected in 2010.
Hull, a Republican, sees economic development as Rio Rancho’s biggest challenge.
“We’ve got tremendous resources here but we’ve got to turn the ‘open for business’ light on,” Hull said in an interview this week.
He believes the governing body could do more to relax restrictions and streamline procedural paperwork for entrepreneurs who want to open home offices or other small businesses.
“I believe the council has done some good things to get the ball rolling,” Hull said, citing a measure passed last year that reduced fees the city charges developers to provide infrastructure. The moratorium slashed impact fees by 50 percent for residential projects and eliminated them for commercial development for two years.
“I think that’s a strong tool and (it) has to be advertised to businesses looking to relocate or develop alternate offices,” Hull said.
Originally from Oklahoma, Hull has lived in Rio Rancho for about 20 years, and has been active with youth and teen ministries at Mesa Baptist Church on Golf Course Road.
Hull worked in marketing, sales and management in the manufactured housing industry then ran his own packing and crating business for 12 years.
He decided to make his first run for public office after selling his business last year.