San Jon mayoral candidates discuss their priorities

QCS Staff

There are two candidates running for mayor in San Jon’s municipal election March 4, Billie Jo Barnes, the incumbent, and Darrell Musick, in the order in which their names will appear on the ballot.

Each candidate was asked to respond to five questions presented by the Quay County Sun. Here are their responses:

 

Barnes

 

Q. Why are you seeking this office?

A. I am seeking re-election because I feel that I can continue to improve the community through my day-to-day efforts.

Q. What are your qualifications for the job?

A. I was elected to the Village Board of Trustees in 2002, giving me over a decade of experience in handling business and projects for the village of San Jon. After being mayor elect in 2009, I was elected as mayor in 2010 and have served the people of the community since then. In the over 10 years since I’ve been involved in the day-to-day business of the village we have accomplished many projects.

Q. What are the key issues facing your community?

A. The lack of housing in the community is probably the biggest issue. We cannot attract more businesses without having adequate housing available. Additional housing in the community could also lead to a boom in the economic growth of the village of San Jon.

Q. What are the top two or three things you’d like your community to achieve while you are in office?

A. The projects that I plan to focus on during my term are a new ambulance for the emergency responders, completing the water lines and the completion of the wastewater plant that are currently all under way.

Q. What makes you the best candidate for the job?

A. The deep ties that I have in the community make me the best candidate for the job. I have served the community for over 10 years and have lived in the area for most of my life. It is this unique perspective that makes me the ideal candidate to continue running the village of San Jon, and I am aware of the daily challenges and issues that the community faces.

 

Musick

 

Q. Why are you seeking this office?

A. San Jon has a long history of being a good place to live and bring up the next generation. We have seen our community struggle for several years now and our young people leave. I would like to see more of them stay and prosper and see more new families move here. I would like to continue to be an active part of seeing this happen. I have the time to invest each week to contribute to the staff and community as mayor.

Q. What are your qualifications for the job?

A. I have served as a trustee here; that has given me an insight to the manner of how we might find opportunities to prosper as a community. While continuing to live in other small towns throughout New Mexico, we have kept very close contact with our family that has lived here for several generations. When the opportunity arrived, we moved back permanently several years ago. I served for over 30 years in public administration and have learned how good communities function well and sadly how others do not. Budgeting and contract administration are key qualifications as well as encouraging a good staff. I want our village to prosper and see new growth with active public participation.

Q. What are the key issues facing your community?

A. Decline in population is a key issue. We do not have enough variation in jobs that attract and keep good families. We have a very low cost of living here that can support our citizens. Quality housing is in short supply. The general appearance is not attractive as identified in our two very expensive community land use plans. We have water issues that are of concern.

Q. What are the top two or three things you’d like your community to achieve while you are in office?

A. We must keep our current positive budget process in the black with a reserve available for opportunities of growth and facility maintenance. We need to equip and entrust the good staff as a model for others here and elsewhere. I would offer to use the community plans or eliminate them.

Q. What makes you the best candidate for the job?

A. I have been a trustee here and have lived in several good New Mexico towns. I care and want see San Jon grow and prosper. I have the skills and time to implement the direction of the trustees provided by the San Jon citizens.

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