Oscar Leeser treasurer filing

Former Mayor Oscar Leeser, center, arrives at City Hall to file campaign treasurer paperwork Thursday afternoon.

The next El Paso city elections are still 20 months away, but former Mayor Oscar Leeser, long rumored to be interested in running again, took his first official step today by naming a campaign treasurer.

Leeser, who didn’t seek a second term in 2017 because of a cancer scare, has openly questioned some of Mayor Dee Margo’s policies, especially regarding the sale of millions in additional bonds to fund projects from the 2012 quality of life bond election.

The president of Hyundai of El Paso, Leeser ran an upbeat race in 2013 to emerge from a crowded field with the help of his mother, Rhoberta, who turned her well-known ad line, “My Oscar, he’s such a good boy!” into a popular slogan.  

Leeser could not be immediately reached for comment on his possible candidacy for mayor, but he has about a year and a half to test the waters and raise money because the next mayoral and City Council elections aren’t until November 2020.

He turned up without fanfare at the municipal clerk’s office Thursday afternoon to file paperwork naming Shelley Mozelle, editor of The City Magazine, as his campaign treasurer.

That appointment permits him to begin raising money for a possible race without having to declare himself a candidate for office.

With him at City Hall were Moselle and his wife, Lisa Leeser.

Leeser was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where his father and mother worked as English teachers, and came to the U.S. in 1967 when he was 9 years old.

His automotive career began in 1979 when he was hired as a salesman for Kemp Ford in El Paso. He went on to work as the company’s general manager.

Now he is president of Hyundai of El Paso, which is perhaps best known for its advertisements featuring Leeser’s mother.

Email El Paso Inc. reporter David Crowder at dcrowder@elpasoinc.com or call (915) 534-4422, ext. 122 and (915) 630-6622.