Candidate for Edgewood town council’s history

As a long term resident of Edgewood running for town council, I want to give your readers an opportunity to learn a little about me and my intent in running for Council. I am a married father of two, a daughter completing her BSN and a son who is a high school senior.

I moved to New Mexico in 1993, after graduate school and careers in counseling and psychological research in New England and Pittsburgh. I built a home in Edgewood in 1995. Edgewood reminds me in some ways of northern New England, in the value placed on self-reliance, community, and quality of life.

Prior to retiring from 22 years at UNM’s Health Sciences Center, I managed grant-funded school-based health centers, programs for drug exposed infants and their families, and a public health research division with nearly 40 employees and a five-million dollar budget. I currently work as a substitute teacher in the APS system.

I served on Edgewood Town Council from 2006 to 2010, under two different Mayors and alongside several different Councilors. I ran at the urging of friends who were concerned about Edgewood’s direction as proposals came forward for annexation and development. After I was elected, I took on numerous complex land use decisions, along with infrastructure and economic development projects. I spent a considerable amount of time on the planning and staffing of our police department which I knew at that time was a necessary step for our growing town which had been relying on coverage by a handful of thinly stretched State Police officers and a citizens’ watch.

I want to see Edgewood continue to expand its infrastructure, so necessary to our growth and prosperity. My goals for the next four years will also focus on that sense of community I saw when I moved here. I am committed to pursuing increased recreational opportunities from our library, to events, trails, and community gardens, and the funding needed to make them happen. Each issue to come before the Council must be considered with the over-riding intent of maintaining the quality of life that attracted us here in the first place.

I take my time reaching decisions, I do my homework, and I collaborate well with others.

I look forward to meeting some of you at the Candidate Forum on February 24 and respectfully ask for your vote. Please feel free to share your questions or concerns with me at: gfelton505@gmail.com of on Facebook: Glenn M Felton.

Glenn Felton, Edgewood

 

Mountainair resident running for town council

Hello, my fellow residents of Mountainair, New Mexico! My name is Jose “Richard” Torres. I was born in Abo, New Mexico on June 16, 1953. I have been a resident of Mountainair ever since the age of 3 months old and still reside. I’m married to my lovely wife Bertha Lopez Torres. We have been married for a wonderful 43 years! My wife and I have 6 children (5 sons and 1 daughter) and 7 grandchildren.

I was hired by the town of Mountainair Utilities Dept. in May of 1982. I retired as a supervisor with 34 years of service as of June 1, 2016. I am now running to become your next town council member. I would like to ask you to vote for me in the next coming election on March 6th, 2018. Your vote will be greatly appreciated!

I feel that I could be helpful as a council member for you all because of all the knowledge, understanding and experience I have had working with the people of Mountainair after all these years. If I get elected I will give my 100% to the town, after all the people are the ones that make the town! Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you all! Good bless our town of Mountainair! #MountainairProud

Sincerely,

Jose “Richard” Torres, Mountainair