Change Address

VOTE411 Voter Guide

Lincoln County Commissioner District 1

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.

Click a candidate icon to find more information about the candidate. To compare two candidates, click the "compare" button. To start over, click a candidate icon.

  • Candidate picture

    Robert L Barber
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    Joseph M Fraley
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    John E Hemphill
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    Kendal D Wilson
    (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 PO Box 126
Capitan, NM 88316
Campaign Phone 575-808-9814
Campaign Email twob1601@hotmail.com
Occupation Semi-retired, Community Volunteer, Rancher
My skills & experiences plus education make me the ideal candidate for County Commissioner. First-hand knowledge of County’s organizational, financial & citizens’ needs. I’ve led complex teams w/stressful missions in dynamic environments. I’ve supervised organizations w/10 to 1000 employees. I’ve managed large, million-dollar projects including projects involving foreign militaries. My educational achievements come from OKC Univ. w/MBA & Air Command & Staff College. A life-time of public service - USMC, USAFR, volunteer firefighter/EMT, ARC Disaster Services, County LANRAC, UHS&WCD, SCM RC&D & founder/Director of Lincoln County CERT, nonprofit focused on supporting first responders/helping citizens prepare for/face/recover from disasters.
The County’s challenges include the natural disasters citizens have and will experience, increasing drug and violent crime, and growing our economy when faced with declining manpower pool, affordable housing and water.
1. Development of a Comprehensive County Management Plan which identifies & prioritize County goals & projects, adding definition and justification for budget development & execution. A plan that focusses on a limited, transparent government that is fiscal conservative, support the security, health & needs of our citizens. 2. With increasing crime, we need to review how we staff & resource the Sheriff’s office. It’s time to increase the staff & their tools to meet the coming surge in crime. 3. With current & future natural disasters, support our first responders with much needed resources. Support development of programs like the Lincoln County CERT program. 4. Develop a Comprehensive County Economic Plan
Develop a County Economic Development Plan that recognizes needs of the entire county & our natural resource limitations. A collaborative plan that includes input from the other local governments, quasi-governmental entities, public & private companies, citizens, etc. A plan that considers public-private partnerships to tackle our economic needs i.e. limited water & other natural resources, qualified & willing employee pool, & affordable housing.
Promote & support studies that analyze surface & grown water supplies, the current & future demand, the affects from drought, & promoting ways of ensure everyone’s water rights are protected & have access to water. That could include supporting proportional sharing during in times of water shortages. Where citizen-controlled water collaborative associations, i.e. NM’s Acequias Association, develop conservation plans and prioritize water usage in their communities. All within the framework of current federal & state water laws & protecting individual water rights.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 1055
Carrizozo, NM 88301
Campaign Phone 575-799-8142
Kendal's Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of business principles, management, and financial operations. This knowledge is vital for making informed decisions about the county’s budget, economic development, and policy issues. As the owner of four businesses, Kendal has gained invaluable experience in strategic planning, problem-solving, and financial management. These skills are essential for overseeing the county’s operations and ensuring its financial stability. Finally, being a lifelong resident of the commission district, Kendal has a deep understanding of the local community, its needs, and its challenges. This insight will enable him to represent his constituents.
Currently our county is in a time of transition. One of the biggest challenges the county faces now is the future of strong, stable leadership and management in county government. The county also faces perennial issue such as water scarcity, economic development issues and climate issues such as drought and wildfire. These issues disrupt our primary industries or agriculture and tourism, as well as our local economy and local residents.
I would address the concerns listed above by lending my problem solving abilities and strategic thinking to the issues while searching for long term, stable and constructive solutions. Recruiting and placing proper people in positions of leadership in management while providing support and resources necessary for effective county government.
To support economic development in our county it will be important to attract and retain business by highlighting our natural beauty and resources. Additionally improvements in our county infrastructure will attract businesses and industry which in turn will foster an avenue for development of skilled workforce.
Balancing growth with water scarcity in an arid county is a multifaceted challenge that requires thoughtful strategies. Some approaches include improving water efficiency, educating communities about thoughtful water management practices, monitoring and managing groundwater resources.