Candidate Q&A: Jimmy Sandoval


Editor's note: The following candidate is running for the four-year term of city commissioner for District 2. Candidates for the seat include Howard D. Littell, Agnes T. Arellano and Amy J. Gutierrez.

Candidates were asked the same questions and asked to keep their responses to 100 words or less.

The municipal election is March 6. Tuesday is the first day for absentee voting. Feb. 15 is the first day for early voting.

Age: 69

Occupation: Retired

Please list previous or current elected offices or other organizations you feel prepare you for a commission seat: Member of of Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees for the past 16 years. City Commissioner, four years. Appointed to serve on the ACCT Diversity Committee as an Associate Member.

Q: What are your goals if you are elected and how do you plan to implement them?

A: To continue working with the business people to try create new jobs. And to work with economic development to improve the community. I will try by having the city and county work together and utilize the businesses in our community before we look elsewhere. Mesalands Community College can help in areas that would improve our communication with the community.

Q: What is something the city commission has done well over the last four years?

A: I can not honestly answer this question because in my opinion nothing has been done well.

Q: What is something the city commission has not done well? How do you intend to correct that if elected?

A: The city commission has not done well because the commissioners do not work together to move forward in any positive direction. If I am elected I will suggest again for a retreat that will hopefully help the city manager and the commissioner's be on the same page.

Q: What do you feel the city needs to focus on as a whole?

A: The city needs to focus on as a whole to work together to get the trust of the employees and our community, and try to build our city up so people traveling through here will have a good impression of Tucumcari.

Q: What do you feel the city needs to focus on in your district?

A: The city needs to focus in my district on roads and most important in the flood areas.

Q: Last question: 150 words, whatever else you want to say.

A: I will try my best if elected to continue fighting for what I think is the right thing to do for the citizens of the community and also of the county.

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