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Curry County Commissioner District 4

Together with other members of the County Commission, represents the County and its interests in all case not otherwise provided for by law. Appoints elections officials to fill vacancies. The Commission is responsible for the County budget, County ordinances and resolutions, and zoning and business regulation in unincorporated areas, and sets policy for the operations of County government. Must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of district from which elected. Four-year term, no more than two terms in succession.

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    Seth H Martin
    (Rep)

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    James Lyle Widner
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

1. How have your experience and education prepared you for this office?

2. What are the biggest challenges facing the county?

3. How would you address them?

4. What should the county do to support economic development?

5. How would you propose to balance growth with water scarcity in an increasingly arid state?

Campaign Mailing Address 864 CR V
Clovis, NM 88101
Campaign Phone 575-760-5996
As the current Commissioner for District 4 as well as a 4th generation farmer in Curry County and a small business owner, this hands on experience helps to understand the needs of our county.
Pfas contamination in my district, flowing from Cannon Air Force base is a major challenge. This directly affects the landowners in that area, but will affect the county on its tax base for years to come.

Cleaning up of the water needs to be implemented sooner than later. The Department of Defense alerted Curry County about the issue 6 years ago, and while the DOD has a plan, it has yet to be implemented on a full scale. While Curry County can not force this issue it is our duty to make sure the DOD does get clean up measures going.
While economic development is important, it must be a sustainable and complementary to our main industry, agriculture.
Water is the determining factor for growth in Curry County. The Ogallala aquifer is the only source of water. While conservation efforts are being implemented, this still limits potential growth.
Campaign Mailing Address Box 227
Melrose, NM 88124
Campaign Phone 575-799-3348
Campaign Email jwidner@yucca.net
Occupation Retired
I was involved in public education for 34 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. I learned a great deal about state government, the legal system and public finance.
I believe our country has lost tremendous amount of its reputation on the international scene. The biggest challenge is to reclaim or past glory and become the world leader we always were.
Through the election of candidates that believe we need to change. In this next election we must elect candidates up and down the ballot to help.
I feel like we should invest in ourselves. From the local, to the county, to the state and our nation.
There has to be a balance so we must manage growth to a point where we have healthy economies, yet not at the expense of water wasting.