I've just hit the tip of the ice berg in my postings about the issues in Otero County.
So now the question is how do you solve these issues?
Tomorrow is election day. GET OUT AND VOTE!
Regardless of the outcome of this election you need to hold your public officials accountable. Demand open meetings and fiscal accountability.
Look back at what has been done and then look forward to where you think we need to be.
A good example of this would be the on going issue with the Forest Service.
Commissioner Rardin has stated several times that Otero County has been fighting with the Forest Service for 20 years. This is true. Now look at both Commissioner Rardin and my other opponent former Commissioner Nivison. Over the last 20 years one or the other of them have been in office pretty much the entire time. How long do we keep putting the same people in office that keep beating the same dead horse year after year?
It's time for a change of horses. A new face, new ideas, someone who knows, understands, and has experience with the law, the open meetings act, and complex budget issues. As well as someone who has the people skills to deal with both the public and employees in a professional manner. Even if we disagree with one another on some issues. And yes, we will disagree on some issues.
But I can promise you that I will always listen with respect to your thoughts and ideas and that I will always base my decisions on what is in the best interest of the majority of the people of Otero County.
One other issue that has been mentioned by Commissioner Rardin on several occasions. That is the notion that the County Commission position is a "full time job"
Otero County has a County Manager that is paid to run the day to day operations of the county. From what I have seen and had dealings with, she does her job well.
A single Commissioner, by law, has no authority to run county operations. A single Commissioner has no authority to make decisions, spend money, enter into contracts, or give direction to any county employee. Including the County Manager.
This power only comes through a majority public vote of a quorum of the Commission. And then they as a commission give direction to the County Manager.
For over 10 years the people of High Rolls/Mountain Park (and to a somewhat lesser degree all the people of the Sacramento mountains) have relied on me and trusted me as a member and officer of the High Rolls Fire Department to protect their lives, homes, and property by my actions, not just my words.
For the last 3 1/2 years the people have trusted and relied on me to make the right decisions in regards to the education of their children as a member of the Alamogordo Public School Board.
I ask now for your support and trust by electing me as the new Otero County Commissioner, District 3
Your vote and support is appreciated.