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Willie Gandara Jr. joined his uncle former Sweetwater Union High School superintendent Jesus Gandara in the ranks of ex-public servants March 1. Willie Gandara Jr. had been an El Paso commissioner and a candidate for the Texas legislature.

On February 22 Willie Gandara, Jr. was charged with drug trafficking. According to the El Paso Times, "A federal grand jury on last Wednesday issued an indictment alleging Gandara was also known as "Godfather" and had conspired with others since November 2010 to distribute more than 110 pounds of marijuana from a property in Socorro."

Gandara Jr. pleaded not guilty and was released on $50,000 bail on March 1. He also resigned as commissioner. A statement, written by his attorney Joe Spenser, concluded, "By taking this action, he [Gandara] hopes that he will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in this community."

Former Sweetwater superintendent, Jesus Gandara, was offered a buyout package he couldn't refuse last June. His tenure was marked by a series of scandals which culminated in multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for him.

Pictured: Gandara Jr.

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anniej March 2, 2012 @ 5:29 p.m.

'the gandara's' brother, nephew and himself.

to think, if they only would have chosen to serve vs. profit.


Visduh March 3, 2012 @ 8:36 p.m.

Ugly sucker, isn't he? But in El Paso, you just never know who they'll elect.


erupting March 4, 2012 @ 8:35 a.m.

It must be in the blood. It is scary to see how many men in this family are on the same illegal path.


joepublic March 4, 2012 @ 7 p.m.

LaLucha: Seriously, which Gandara do you mean?


BlueSouthPark March 4, 2012 @ 8:33 p.m.

I would be very slow to jump to conclusions over this. It's Texas. It is Texas! And Gandara is a Democrat. You must understand what that means and has been happening in Texas, for a very long time. Do NOT jump to conclusions. Fox News http://fox8.com/2012/02/24/police-el-paso-co-commissioner-trafficked-50-kilos-of-marijuana/ is the only outlet broadcasting the story blatantly. That tells you something. And then there's this more enigmatic report: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_20041855


joepublic March 5, 2012 @ 9:40 a.m.

The recently indicted Jesus Gandara, from the Sweetwater school district, should be our main concern here in San Diego County. After reading "A Shocking View into Former Sweetwater Superintendent Dr. Gandara's Past", published in the Reader Feb. 6, 2012, you have to wonder how the $30,000 search team and the two school board members Arlie Ricassa and Jim Cartmill, who actually travelled to Texas, got it so wrong. His working relationship with another ex-Sweetwater superintendent, Anthony Trujillo should have raised some serious questions.


Visduh March 7, 2012 @ 9:51 a.m.

The obvious answer, joe, is that they didn't get it "so wrong." They got what they wanted, a fellow crook who would go along and get along with them. $30 grand doesn't buy much in the way of "search" from those firms. If you want a real search, look to paying into six figures. What the team did was collect resumes, sort through them, and send a few along to the board. The corrupt board members took it from there.


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