District 3 City Rep. Emma Acosta confirmed back in October 2016 that she would run for mayor of El Paso in 2017. Yesterday (Jan. 18) Acosta made it official.

The two-term city rep addressed an audience of about 60 people gathered the Best Western Plus that if elected mayor she would work on improving city streets, keep taxes in check, and help small businesses grow.

Although seven others have declared their intention to run for the office since Mayor Leeser said he would not seek re-election in July, Acosta is the first to officially announce her candidacy.

Dee Margo, a former state representative and president of the El Paso Independent School District board of managers, will officially throw his hat in the ring Wednesday afternoon.

Potential candidates have until Feb. 17 to officially declare their run. The city election is May 6, 2017.