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Socorro 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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    Craig Daniel Canner
    (Rep)

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    Darryl D. Cases
    (Dem)

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    Jerry L Esquivel
    (Rep)

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    Daniel P Monette
    (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 Phone 575-517-0547
Occupation Business Owner - Classic Car Restoration
My vast experience and passion for NM is more significant than education. I operated a range of successful self-owned businesses (arborist, horse breeder & mechanic) and worked for security in high-risk areas. I had countless opportunities to listen to the people, make safe, educated and compliant decisions on how to best serve and ensure satisfaction in a respectful and thoughtful manner. Moreover, I understand the importance of staying within budget, and keeping a business thriving.
There are many big challenges such as inflation, crime, alcohol & drugs, homelessness, businesses closing and declining infrastructure. Each issue is interconnected in one way or another. Solving a problem often decreases other issues, for example affordable housing (opening May 2024) should decrease crime, unemployment, mental health issues and homelessness. Therefore, the biggest challenges will be addressing as many issues as possible (big or small), finding solutions and expediting a plan of action.
First, we need to understand the problem. Then, we need to empower the public sector and independent experts to propose solutions, by joining task forces, coalitions or committees to research, and address the root causes, figure out best cost-effective analysis and, or obtain grants to bring vital services. Lastly, we must track progress by studying data and readdressing or modifying a plan of action until a goal is accomplished.
I will support financial incentives for businesses to boost quality job creation, training and benefits that go to the best interest of our county, by using objective criteria to determine needs and sustainable growth. We must ensure emergency services are effectively funded to be able to respond to crime that deters new development. I will support innovation of public-private sector partnership and the community to find solutions and work together for a common development goal.
Water is one of our most valuable resources. Conservation of water and efficiency of use and maintaining existing infrastructure must be encouraged. It is important to ensure farmers and ranchers have adequate access, provide clean city water, as well as conserve NM’s biodiversity to preserve public land, open space, rivers and irrigation canals. Education and regional planning are important; however, we must be careful not to give up our rights to an administration without representation.
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Campaign Mailing Address 77 MIDWAY RD
LEMITAR, NM 87823
Campaign Email danny87801@yahoo.com
Occupation Valencia County Manager
I am Currently completing my 9th year as the Valencia County Manager and have previously served 12 years as a Socorro County Manager.
I feel that the County needs to aggressively apply for more State and Federal Grants. Socorro County is not a rich County. We need to take every opportunity to look for resources from grants so that the general fund can be used in other areas of need.
I would start by hiring a Grants writer. The expense for this position should more than pay for itself though grants. This person would also over see the required reporting and serve as the project manager.
Economic Development is difficult at the County level. We should develop a list of what we have to offer potential companies. We can work with the City of Socorro and New Mexico Tech so that they also know what the County can provide to potential companies. There are several organizations that the County could also team up with to get our word out that we are looking.
That is a tough question and a tough balance. We would need to watch what type of businesses we want to attract to Socorro County. If the Company uses a lot of water that would not be a good fit for Socorro County.