Q&A with the candidates for mayor

Ron Trujillo

The president and one of the board members of the Caballeros deVargas have resigned amid infighting within the fraternal organization and an alleged threat by the rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

At issue is whether the religious and cultural group should send a letter to Mayor Alan Webber and city councilors asking for the return of a controversial statue of conquistador Don Diego de Vargas to Cathedral Park or to the organization, which commissioned the artwork.

Webber’s unilateral decision last year to remove the statue from the downtown park for “safekeeping” ahead of planned protests has been a sore point for members of the Caballeros, some of whom consider the removal an attack on Spanish culture.

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