Candidate close-up: Crellin

By Norma Jean Crellin: Guest columnist

I came to Tucumcari in 1938 with my parents, Oscar and Nora Redhage, from Kansas City, Mo., entered third grade at Four Points, and graduated from Tucumcari High School in 1948.

After attending Kansas City Business College, I worked as a legal secretary for Rowley, Breen and Bowen for four years.
I decided to become a teacher and attended what is now New Mexico State University, graduating with a bachelor’s of science in business, cum laude.

While teaching business subjects at THS, I earned a master’s of business administration from West Texas University at Canyon.
I married Jim Crellin, a local pharmacist and owner of D & S Drug. Our only child, Kristy, attended and graduated from the Tucumcari schools and NMSU and Georgetown University.

Since graduation, she has been employed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a bank examiner.
I began keeping books for our two drug stores and my father’s business and gradually started working fulltime in our businesses.

In 1968, Jim and I opened a Zia Drug at 820 S. First St. and co-managed it until Jim became ill and passed away in 2000.
I have been active in several organizations. These include as president of American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teachers’ society.

I also served on the Tucumcari Board of Education for 10 years and as a founding member of Tucumcari Area Vocational School which has become Mesalands Community College. I served a term as president of both boards.

I am currently serving as president of the Tucumcari Alumni Association and have coordinated the annual Rattler Reunion for the past six years.

I would like to serve as your city commissioner because of my concern for the future of our city. I pledge to work for economic development, financial stability and renewed civic pride.

I will use my business experience, dedication and knowledge to do the best job possible to represent you.

Norma Jean Crellin is running for Tucumcari city commissioner in district five.
All city candidates are invited to write, in 300 words or less, a brief synopsis of their intentions if elected.