Candidate Q&As: District 4 commission seat

Chris Bryant, left, and R.L. Render

Editor’s note: The following candidates are running for the four-year term of city commissioner for District 4. Candidates for the seat include incumbent Chris Bryant and challenger R.L. “Rube” Render.

Candidates were asked the same questions and asked to keep their responses to 100 words or less.

The municipal election is March 6. Tuesday is the first day for absentee voting. Feb. 15 is the first day for early voting.

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Name: Chris Bryant

Age: 61

Occupation: Owner of Foxy Drive In

Please list previous or current elected offices or other organizations you feel prepare you for a commission seat: Elected to the City Commission in 2008. Past president and currently member of the board of directors for the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

Q: What are your goals if you are elected and how do you plan to implement them?

A: I want to continue our work on current projects and programs throughout the city. I would also like to acquire funding for street repairs without raising taxes. From a safety standpoint, I am interested in an ordinance that bans texting and driving.

Q: What is something the city commission has done well over the last four years?

A: I believe that we have begun projects that involve everyone from individuals to families, I think as a commission we have worked well together to see that Clovis moves forward.

Q: What is something the city commission has not done well? How do you intend to correct that if elected?

A: I feel confident as to what we have accomplished in the past four years. I do feel that we need better communication between the city and the citizens.

Q: What do you feel the city needs to focus on as a whole?

A: Without a doubt, water has to be a priority, from the Ute project to conservation methods and also our effluent water projects. I also feel that streets and drainage are a main concern as well.

Q: What do you feel the city needs to focus on in your district?

A: Residential streets are in need of repairs unfortunately due to the capital outlay funding, we are having to consider other funding methods; I am not in favor of raising taxes. I am also concerned about the graffiti issues that we are experiencing and how to address this.

Q: Last question: 150 words, whatever else you want to say.

A: I have been a life-long resident of Clovis, I have enjoyed the last four years of serving my community and I believe we have moved Clovis forward in providing quality of life projects, street projects, and working in partnerships with Cannon Air Force Base, Curry County, Clovis MainStreet, Clovis Municipal Schools, the Chamber of Commerce, the CIDC and Clovis Community College.

Clovis is a fortunate city. Our gross receipts are up, Clovis grew 15.6 percent in the 2010 Census and our economy is expanding through new business. When I was elected four years ago I said that I would vote from my heart. I believe I have done just that; I look towards the future and what it is going to bring for the many families that call Clovis home. Anytime you have questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call. Thank you.

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Name: R.L. ‘Rube’ Render

Age: 69

Occupation: Retired

Please list previous or current elected offices or other organizations you feel prepare you for a commission seat: City of Clovis Economic Development Tax Advisory Board; New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission; eight years as a HOSTS volunteer at James Bickley Elementary.

Q: What are your goals if you are elected and how do you plan to implement them?

A: Work to secure an ongoing, reliable, clean source of water for all residents of Clovis.

Analyze all proposed programs/projects to determine if they are legitimate “needs” versus “wants” and prioritize the validated needs. Maintain and improve the relationship between Clovis and Cannon AFB at all levels (junior enlisted through senior command).

Q: What is something the city commission has done well over the last four years?

A: Secured funding for the effluent re-use project (using gray water for parks, playgrounds etc.)

Q: What is something the city commission has not done well? How do you intend to correct that if elected?

A: The City Commission raised the gross receipts tax to the maximum allowable limit. Any further increase in GRT would require action from the New Mexico State Legislature.

Q: What do you feel the city needs to focus on as a whole?

A: Water, roads, streets and infrastructure.

Q: What do you feel the city needs to focus on in your district?

A: Same answer.

Q: Last question: 150 words, whatever else you want to say.

A: • I am an experienced manager with the military, commercial, and educational background necessary to recognize, analyze, and present possible solutions for complex problems in large and small organizations.

• I believe that the first step in the governing process consists of listening to the citizenry.

• I believe that elected officials at all levels should be held responsible for their actions by the citizens they represent.

• I have been married to my wife Marge for 43 years and have a daughter serving on active duty in Afghanistan.

• I ask for your prayers, your support and your vote.

— Compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Kevin Wilson