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New Democratic mayor of Brownfield making waves across Texas

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The new Mayor of Brownfield can be described as a small blip of blue in a sea of red. 

Geronimo Gonzales, 36, is young, a first generation American, and is fired up. He is also a self professed Democrat. He was the former chair of the Terry County Democrats and a former councilman. After a few years out of public office, he decided it was time to step back into the spotlight. 

"Right out of the gate I thought I already got a target on my back and I know I'm going to fall short already just because of my party affiliation," Gonzales said. "I can't recall a single person sitting there and saying well, you're a democrat. I really didn't. Now whether after they closed the door and talked to their spouse and said, oh that democrat was here, is up to them but I really think they just appreciated the idea of progress."

The progress he talks about comes by the way of attracting business back to town, creating an environment where everyone wants to stay in Brownfield. 

"It's common to hear, well it's Brownfield, or it'll never work in Brownfield or just really negative and you can't blame them," he said. "You know industrial development here has really taken off with our bitcore and, but we're falling behind in economics. We lost our Walmart and people are devastated. I tried to just run with the idea of what if we actually tried something different. If we got out of this box of retired folks representing the community as a whole who are fine with the way things are. Who are not dissatisfied with Brownfield shrinking. So I ran with that progressive thought and won by 13."

His victory makes him the only Democratic mayor on the plains, breaking the conservative stronghold.

"The voice mails are piling up, the texts from random numbers are coming in but it's been nothing but congratulations and again the historic word gets thrown around."

He said his victory marks the beginning of what could be the blue wave crashing down on West Texas Republicans. 

"I think it's definitely part of the momentum they're looking for."

Politics aside, he said he hopes his success will inspire others realize they too can make a difference in their sleepy communities. 

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