Voters will head to the polls on March 2 in Tucumcari. The QCS staff sat down with each candidate.
1. Why do you feel you are a strong candidate for this office?
I believe a city needs to run like a business. I can provide the city with a change as the same people have been running the city and I feel I could present a change,
2. If elected, what changes do you plan for the Tucumcari?
I have a lot of ideas I would like to do. The biggest concern is the city's budget. We have to sell our biggest product which is tourism. We have to find a way to do so.
3. What does being an elected official in Tucumcari mean to you?
I am a first timer and never been involved in politics so this is new to me.
4. What do you want the people of Tucumcari know about you?
I am a positive thinker, upbeat and very inquisitive.
1. I wondered if I would re-run and people began to talk to me about issues facing our town. The time I have lived in Tucumcari and time on commission gives me experience. I also do not make a decision without thinking first how this will effect the city's residents.
2. We have already started working on changes and one thing i like to see continue a general Tucumcari clean up to improve "Curb appeal". Improve efficiency of government and operation. Entice new business and positively support existing businesses.
3. I was unaware of the real importance of it when I was first appointed. After helping with decisions effecting Tucumcari I realized there are a lot important things happening in Tucumcari.
4. I have lived in Tucumcari a long time. I am a retired teachers and have enjoyed my life here. I would have them know I am proud to be a part of Tucumcari.
William Pruitt (write-in)
1. I am a working man who will do a lot for the working people.
2. I would like to make a lot of changes. We need to fix the way the city spends money. Money is being wasted in the city.
3. I own my home and want to have a chance to be part of the town. I want to see it grow.
4. I am a business man. I have owned a truck stop and managed several apartment complexes in Texas.
Amiel A. Curnutt
1. Basically over 40 years of business and management experience.
2. I think the main thing is to control the money. I know the city is trying improve the budget but it needs work.
3. Means you're responsible to satisfy the people and spend their money wisely.
4. All I want to do is bring the city, business and the citizens are working into he same direction. We can't do it by ourselves. Nobody can.
1. I am business owner and a mother of four. I am also the president of a non-profit organization.
2. Clean up our streets and form some sort of neighborhood watch. Make sure I am open for communication because that is important.
3. It would be a honor. I want to be trusted by people.
4. I am strong-willed and never will give up.
1. I have 13 years experience and have been a Tucumcari resident all my life. I have a good knowledge of what people want.
2. It means a lot. I want to show a lot of professionalism and set a good example for people starting up in this community,
3. That's hard because I have been here my whole life. I will continue to be unbias and be available to talk to people whenever they want.
1. Years of knowledge and experience dealing with people.
2. Gives you a chance to actually do something for the city.
3. Not being born here I will feel I can be more impartial.
1. Be treated fair in my court. Impartial and I have better knowledge of the laws of New Mexico than more two opponents.
2. I saw how the present judge was conducting and knew I could do a better job.
3. Just like it says on my sign, proper conduct and responsible.
• Voters in District One within the municipality shall vote at the Del Norte Center, 415 North Fourth Street.
• Voters in District Two within the municipality shall vote at the Tucumcari Recreation Center, 901 East Laughlin Avenue.
• Voters in District Three and District Five within the municipality shall vote at the High School Auditorium, 724 West Gamble Street.
• Voters in District Four within the municipality shall vote at the Old Mountain View School, 1608 South Rock Island.
• Voters in the absent voter precinct will vote at the office of the Municipal Clerk, 215 East Center Street.