Mayor Bonaguidi

The Honorable Louie Bonaguidi

A Note from Mayor Bonaguidi

“We are in this together.” This statement began as my response to the pandemic, but it is so much more than that.  Gallup is a unique community rife with opportunity, incredible people, and stunning landscapes.  My focus as mayor is to balance serving the public through improving our infrastructure, working with city staff to continue quality of life services, but also to work to help grow the Gallup economy due to our strategic location on Route 66, I-40, the railroad and more.  It is my goal to foster a healthy relationship between the city and the private sector to help existing businesses grow and to recruit more retail and industry into the Gallup community.  We are in this together- working to make Gallup thrive in the years to come.

About Mayor Louie Bonaguidi

Louie Bonaguidi was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico. He attended Cathedral School then later graduating from Gallup High School in 1963. He attended Fort Lewis College and then transferred to the Community College of Gallup, now called the University of New Mexico Gallup.  His family has served the residents of Gallup since the family business, City Electric Shoe Shop, opened in 1924. 

Mayor Bonaguidi began his political career as a city councilor representing District 2 from 1988-1994 and then again from 1998-2003.  Louie ran for office at that time for similar reasons as now- to work to improve the relationship between city government and local businesses for helping Gallup grow.

After his time as a City Councilor, Louie focused his efforts on business development within the community as a member of the boards of the Business Improvement District (BID) and the Gallup Mainstreet Arts and Cultural District. In addition, he and his family expanded their business services to the community by adding Santa Fe Leathers and Taos Moccasin Company into City Electric, and purchasing and operating Zimmerman’s Western Wear on Route 66. 

Mayor Bonaguidi married Diane (Rudeaux) in 1970, and had three children, all of whom reside in Gallup working within the community as business owners, a schoolteacher, and working within the family business at City Electric Shoe Shop. They became proud grandparents of five exceptional grandkids. Diane, sadly, is no longer here but her spirit of dedication to the people around her is a legacy that lives on in the entire family’s service to the community and support for Relay for Life.  In addition, he is an active member of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish and serves on their finance committee.

Mayor Bonaguidi is proud to serve the Gallup community. It is a beautiful town that has maintained its small-town atmosphere where everyone knows just about everyone, we celebrate cultural diversity, and it is a great place to own a business and raise a family. 

Contact Me

Phone: (505) 863-1220, press option 2
Mailing Address: c/o City of Gallup, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup NM 87301