City of Rotan welcomes new mayor

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Pete Garcia Sr. (middle) is surrounded by his family, brother Floyd Garcia Jr., (left) and son Pete Garcia Jr. (right) who came watch him be sworn as the newly elected Mayor of Rotan (Courtesy photo submitted by Pete Garcia, Jr.)

Mayor-elect Pete Garcia took his oath of office last week, as former Mayor Marisa Nowlin said goodbye to the council as Garcia officially stepped into the duties of Rotan City Mayor.

Garcia said he has always considered Nowlin to be a good friend and felt as though she was doing a good job as mayor. When he heard that she was not planning to seek reelection, he felt it was the right time to offer his candidacy.

Born and raised in Rotan, Garcia graduated from Rotan High School before enlisting in the US Marine Corps in 1971. He spent four years on active duty and an additional four in the reserves. He said he loved his time in service to his country and could have spent a full 20.

“I traveled the world,” said Garcia. And although his military career took him from West Texas to Okinawa Japan, the Caribbean and Mediterranean, he would eventually return home to work the family land with his father. He would also learn a new application for his military training.

Garcia enrolled in Western Texas College in Snyder, where he would earn an Associates degree in welding. He said welding worked well with his military training in engineering, as he began performing a lot of fabrication work at gas station his family owned in town.

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