Candidate profiles: Curry County Commissioner
Published: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
Fidel Madrid Party: Democrat Candidate for County Commission District 1 What is your background? We came to Clovis because my father worked for the railroad. I went to school in Clovis. I served in the National Guard for nine years. I was a staff sergeant during the Vietnam War. I have four sisters. My wife and I are blessed with four kids, and we have seven grandchildren. I have been involved with a lot of clubs — The 100-Year City Celebration, Knights of Columbus — and I serve on the board at La Casa. Why are you running for county commissioner? I have worked for UPS for 30 years, and I cover the whole county. I talk to a lot of people and see all the roads. When I thought about retiring three years ago, I decided I would like to be a county commissioner. I also like to interact with people. What are the current issues in your district? The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard overpass. How do you plan to address the issues? I need to get educated on all the issues before I can answer that. What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I go to church every morning at 6:30 a.m. On Saturdays I go to Our Lady of Guadalupe and on Sundays I attend Sacred Heart. I serve as a Eucharist minister. I like horses. Robert Sandoval Party: Democrat Candidate for County Commission, District 1 What is your background? I’m a life-long resident of Clovis. Most of the time I have lived in Clovis, it has been in district one. I graduated from Clovis High School and I have taken classes at Clovis Community College. I’m a graduate of the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute and the Clovis-Curry County Police Academy School. I’m a veteran of the New Mexico Army National Guard and served three tours. I’m a sitting city commissioner. Why are you running for county commissioner? For the longest time, the people who live in the city limits and the people who live in the county haven’t always been on the best of terms. They (Curry County residents) need to be closer together. I feel as a city commissioner that I could be a huge help in seeing that done. We are losing a lot of money in duplicating things between the city and county. We are putting together Eastern Plains Procurement Co-op, which will give us (city and county) more leverage and buying power and get us better prices. I’m proud to be a part of this. I want to look at more ways the city and county can work together to better both parties. What are the current issues in your district? We’ve (District 1) been fighting for an overpass on MLK (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). I’ve been fighting for two years for the overpass, and I plan to continue working to see the overpass built. The current issue in the county is jails. I think we can alleviate overcrowding utilizing the ankle bracelet home monitoring method. How do you plan to address the issues? I plan to work hard to apply for state and federal grants toward the overpass. I also plan to lobby the legislature for more money for the detention center. What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I sing in my church choir. Honest.
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