Election – Hodge seeks commission seat

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Mark Hodge
1. What is it that makes Quay County uniquely Quay County?
“What makes Quay County unique is its cultural diversity and its location just off Interstate-40.”

2. What do you see as the future of Quay County?
“Quay County should be the gateway to our wonderful State of New Mexico. A sampling of what we have to offer should be available to travelers rather than a “ghost town” image and just an overnight stop-off.”

3. What do you see as the biggest problem facing Quay County at this time?
“Our biggest problem is water supply and usage, economics and public health issues of drug abuse, alcohol and teen pregnancy. This says our youth are bored and have nothing better to do. There is no vision for our future here, nothing to keep our children here except assistance programs.”

4. How would you go about solving this problem?
“A comprehensive needs analysis and then focus on resources to these programs. People want community service jobs rather than welfare and food stamps. We also need to focus on doing more for the travelers through our city. We could have a fun center, a children’s museum, a putt-putt golf course and other activities to attract and keep those travelers. Right now all they do is sleep here, eat breakfast at McDonald’s and hit the road again. The children and youth of our community need more opportunities for fun and jobs.”

5. Why are you better suited for this position than your opponents?
“I have seen other communities rise up and meet these challenges through unique and creative thinking – thinking outside the box. I am not blinded by local interests groups and family ties.”