Tucumcari City Commission District 3 — Q&A

Edward Perea

Q Why are you seeking this office?

A I would like to work to bring unity and teamwork among the commission and the departments at the city. Working together will be required in order to improve the services for all residents of our community.

Q What are your qualifications for the job?

A I am qualified because of my many years of work experience in management and supervision. I retired from the U.S. Navy where my field was administration. I worked many years as a coordinator for seven Headstart centers in five counties. I was responsible for oversight at the centers in several aspects, including budgeting and insuring that each center stayed within its budget while meeting the needs of students. Communication was a vital part of the daily operations in the Navy and at Headstart. Clear understanding of goals and procedures, as well as learning to assess progress on a regular basis, were a vital part of the responsibilities in each position. I believe these work experiences have prepared me to be a good commissioner, willing to work with all concerned for the best outcome for Tucumcari. I am retired and have the time it will take to make a difference.

Q What are the key issues facing the community?

A Creating jobs and improving communication between local government and citizens so that we can all work together.

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

A I would like to seek new ways to bring more tourism and to encourage travelers to stay in Tucumcari for more than just overnight. I would also like to identify ways we can attract small businesses to Tucumcari and return Tucumcari to the status of “blue-ribbon city.”

Q What makes you the best candidate for the job?

A I am a good communicator and I sincerely care about Tucumcari and the great people in it. I am willing to listen to everyone and learn the regulations and laws that will allow me to help move Tucumcari toward a more positive future.

 

Ruth Ann Litchfield

Q Why are you seeking this office?

A I am seeking the office of commissioner for District 3 because I feel my district needs representation that can study the issues and vote for what is best not only for District 3 but the community of Tucumcari.

Q What are your qualifications for the job?

A Tucumcari has been my home for over 40 years. My husband and I reared our two children here, both of whom graduated from Tucumcari High School. I understand the needs of our community, as I taught school for 31 years in Tucumcari. I always try to see both sides of an issue before making a decision that will affect all parties involved. My only agenda is to work for a better Tucumcari.

Q What are the key issues facing the community?

A (The) key issue facing Tucumcari right now is declining population. We need to offer more opportunities and jobs for our young people so they will want to return here to live. At one time Tucumcari was a blue-ribbon city, so we need to take pride and make Tucumcari appealing not only to our residents but potential businesses and tourists. Our senior citizens are an important part of our community, and we need to continue our support of them and make sure the Senior Citizen Center is well maintained.

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

A I would like to see all the factions, city, county, Chamber of Commerce, police department, DA’s office, economic development and community members work together for the betterment of Tucumcari.

I will work hard to help bring new businesses to town for jobs and make our city appealing not only for our residents but for newcomers.

Q What makes you the best candidate for the job?

A My experience of working with the public as a teacher for 31 years will help me weigh all sides of an issue before making a decision. My main qualification is that I love Tucumcari and want us to grow and become a united force working for all districts in Tucumcari.

 

Ernest Dominguez

Q Why are you seeking this office?

A So that I can work with the city manager and the other city commissioners to keep moving forward to find solutions for jobs, new jobs, and to support our existing businesses and organizations.

Q What are your qualifications for this job?

A I feel that I am qualified for this job because of my past business experiences and now my recent experiences working with the city finance board, lodgers tax board, and the Economic Development Board (EDC).

Q What are the key issues facing the community?

A Water. We need to fight for and protect our water. Also:

• Jobs and businesses. We need to promote our businesses already established and new businesses that want to be started so that jobs can be established in our community, which our community needs.

• Promote and support our schools. So our children will have the opportunity to grow, develop, and prepare for college.

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

A To clean up and develop the Sands-Dorsey property and beautify Main Street. Also:

• Create and implement procedures, safety and policy manuals for our city managers, and city workers.

• Work to have more grant writing for street repairs and our senior programs.

Q What makes you the best candidate for this job?

A My year as commissioner for District 3, and the solutions that have been achieved as part of the commission, for example, lights on the west end of town, the cemetery, the landfill, and wastewater treatment plant.

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