Mayor

Term Expires:  June 2016
 

Danny Ortega, Jr. is an Arizona native born and raised in Douglas, Arizona. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Ortega’s Stores Inc., a family owned business established in Douglas in 1923.  He has been actively involved in many organizations in this community including the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, Cochise County Planning and Zoning Committee, Douglas Noon Lions Club, Douglas Community Area Fund, Douglas Clean and Beautiful, Stevenson School PTA, and several other entities. He has also served as an elected official on the Douglas Unified School District board for twelve years. He served in a leadership role in most of these organizations including six years as school board President.

  



 

Ward 1

Term Expires:  June 2016

Margaret Morales was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona and is a 1972 Douglas High School graduate and 1976 graduate of Ford Insurance Schools. She is married to Douglas native Henry Morales and they have three children, Henry, Jr. (Myra) who is a Nurse Anesthetist in Sacramento, CA. Robert (Rebekah) who is a CPS worker for DES in Phoenix, and Cynthia, a junior at the University of Arizona majoring in nursing and three granddaughters. Margaret has been involved with the Douglas Chamber of Commerce for five years and served as President for two years.  She is active in the Douglas Noon Lions, currently serving as a board member, is a licensed Property and Casualty insurance agent and is clinic manager for one of the local physician clinics. Margaret enjoys walking, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.



                                            Ward 2

Term Expires:  June 2014

Mitchel R. Lindemann was born in Valley City, North Dakota and was raised primarily in Bismarck, N.D.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Valley City State University (1981).  After graduation, he taught in the North Dakota Public School systems before moving to Arizona in 1986 where he accepted a teaching position with the Duncan Unified School District. Mr. Lindemann was hired to teach Instrumental Music (Band) for the Douglas Unified District in 1988.  He received a Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree (1991) and a Master of Arts in Education Administration degree (1993) from Northern Arizona University.  In 1997, Mr. Lindemann received the Distinguished Alumni Award from NAU.  Mr. Lindemann has served the City of Douglas on the Planning and Zoning commission as member, Vice Chairman and Chairman from 1994 to 2005.  He was elected Councilman for Ward Two in 2006 and again in 2010.  He was appointed to serve as Chairman of the City of Douglas Finance Committee in 2006.  In 2010, Mr. Lindemann was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Douglas.  Currently retired, Mr. Lindemann has served as Vice Chairman of the Douglas Education Association, as a faculty member for the Cochise Community College and as a member of the Douglas Unified Schools Blue Ribbon Committees. 



 

Ward 3

Term Expires:  June 2016

Ben LaForge was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona. The La Forge family is the fourth generation in Douglas, and Ben is one of four boys born to Edward La Forge and Hortencia Rivera. His daughters are Celeste, Katrina, and foster child Justine.  

He has attained many accomplishments in his life, including attending Arizona State University and being named the State of Arizona Government Employee of the Year. He has great appreciation for The City of Douglas, having worked as Public Works Director for a total of 33 years before his retirement. He has always been deeply involved in the community having served as President of the C.A.S.A, which was the first federally funded private pre-school in Douglas, and serving as President of the Douglas High School Alumni Association for 11 years.

La Forge’s involvement and commitment as City Councilmember reflects all the years of experience acquired by serving as President of the Douglas Unified School District Board of Education, and being a member for 14 years. His familiarity with leadership as Councilmember comes from years of knowledge, but not limited to, from being Treasurer of Cochise County Fair Association for 10 years, Chairman of the Planning and Zoning and Board of Adjustments, as well as being appointed by Governor to State Parkway Advisory Committee.

The love for Douglas, and its history led La Forge to initiate the petition drive for the re-naming of the 10th Street Park for Douglas Native Raul H. Castro, Governor of the State of Arizona. He has also been a member for the United States International Boundary and Water Commission in efforts for a better Douglas. Because of his hard work and dedication, Ben La Forge has been formally presented with numerous awards, including Governor’s Waste and Energy Conservation Award, Achievement Award from VFW and American Legion. One of his most recent memorable recompenses for his hard work was on January 28, 2008 when Governor Janet Napolitano designated this day to be “Ben La Forge Day” for distinguished public service.  

 



  

Councilmember Ray Shelton

Ward 4

Term Expires:  June 2014

Ray Shelton was born and raised in Bisbee.  Growing up, he was very active in his church group, Boy Scouts, and many other activities.  In High School, he loved basketball and was honorable mention for the State of Arizona.  After graduating from high school in 1967, he attended Cochise Junior College, LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas and Western New Mexico University in Silver City.  He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in teaching with majors in History and Physical Education and a minor in Safety Education.  In 1997, he graduated with a Masters of Arts in Teaching with majors in Political Science and Physical Education.

His first educational assignment was teaching at 12th Street Junior High School.  He then was the Superintendent at Naco Elementary School.  From there he became Cochise County School Superintendent.  His heart was still with the students of Douglas so he returned to be Vice-Principal and Principal of several schools in Douglas.  In 1990, he took a leave of absence so that he and his wife could teach in a missionary school in Papua New Guinea.  After returning, he taught United States History which is his favorite subject.  From there, he returned to Naco as their Superintendent.  He then went to Valley Union High School District in Elfrida and became their Superintendent.  In 1993, he took his full state retirement and returned to Douglas High School where he has been teaching World History and Earth Science.

He has many hobbies and interests that keep him busy.  He loves to go fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.  His boyhood hobbies have grown into the big boy stage.  His favorite hobbies are coin collecting and Lionel Trains.  His expertise in United States coins has grown immensely.  His dream of building a Southern Pacific train layout of Bisbee and Douglas is on the drawing table. Ray and his wife, Paula (Whelan) have been married for 28 years.  They  have two children.  Their son Ron graduated from Western New Mexico in 2007.  Their daughter Stephanie is also attending WNMU in Silver City.  They have always been a very close and loving family.



Ward 5

Term Expires:  June 2016

LuisGreer was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona and graduted from Douglas High School in 1977.  He has been employed with the Douglas Unified School District for 21 years.  Luis is married to Ana Greer, his beautiful wife of 33 years and they have raised 3 children in Douglas.  Throughout the years, Luis has worked in numerous positions from agriculture, mining copper, to working in education and has always strived to be an advocate for children as a coach and a mentor. 



 

Ward 6

Term Expires:  June 2014

Mr. Rudy V. Quinonez was raised in the City of Douglas.  He was employed by Arizona Public Service and Southwest Gas for many years.  Mr. Quinonez was elected to the City Council in June 1988.  

Mr. Quinonez is an active member of the Douglas Community.  He has focused significant attention on the youth of Douglas and believes they are the key to Douglas' long-term success. 

 

 

 



 

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