Candidate Q&As: Mayor

Gayla Brumfield, left, and David Lansford

Editor’s note: The following candidates are running for the four-year term of Clovis mayor. Candidates for the seat include incumbent Gayla Brumfield and former Mayor David Lansford.

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: Gayla Brumfield

Age: 58

Other organizations you’ve belonged to that you feel constitute relevant experience: Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Transition Team 2005-2006; Chairman, Local Growth Management Committee (for Cannon AFB growth needs) 2008-present; Chairman Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority 2008-present; Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce 35+ year member President 1993; CIDC/EDC 35+ year member, Chair during 1990s; United Way of Eastern New Mexico – Campaign Chair 2001, President 2002; Clovis Community College Board of Trustees 2002-present; Plains Regional Medical Center Board of Directors 1992-2009 Chair-2004-2005; Clovis Board of Realtors 1978-Present President 1985, 1986, 1994 Realtor of the Year 1985; Realtors Association of New Mexico 1978-Present President 2003 Realtor of the Year 2009; National Association of Realtors 1978-present National Director 2002/2003.

Q: Why are you seeking another term?

A: Four years ago I ran on a five-point platform — economic development, infrastructure, quality of life/beautification, public safety, and city services. Through diligent effort I am pleased that the promises I made were kept, as evidenced by the major strides made in all these areas. We must continue to move forward together to address our growth needs. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve another term to complete the great projects we have started and to ensure the relationships the city has with our partners-CAFB, Clovis Schools, CCC, Chamber/CIDC, Curry County, MainStreet etc., which enables us to move forward as a team, remain strong.

Q: What successes do you feel the city had under your time as mayor, and how would you further these successes?

A: We have been blessed with many successes over the past four years including the successful BRAC transition with CAFB to ensure their growth needs were and are met, federal authorization and identifying Clovis’ funding for the Ute water project, Hull Street Overpass replacement (in record time and under budget), and renovations to the wastewater plant. Finding a developer to renovate the historic Hotel Clovis; implementing the city’s parks plan providing quality of life activities for all. We created hundreds of jobs by bringing in new industry. We need to continue moving this growing community forward with watchful/prudent fiscal oversight.

Q: And, to be fair, what could you have done better during your tenure, and what would you do if given another chance?

A: I had wanted to finish the entryways/medians projects during my first term. A grant application has been submitted for our medians and I hope we will have new medians towards the end of this year. There were many challenges during my first term due to the national and political climate which, together with the need to address previously neglected city problems, meant much time was devoted to these. That is why I would like to complete the projects under way. I would also like to have the opportunity to conduct a review of employee salaries in 2012.

Q: What is the mayor’s most important job, in your mind?

A: Believing in Clovis, promoting the community at the state and federal levels, letting people know about what great things are happening in our community. Working hard to maintain outstanding relationships with Cannon AFB, their active duty personnel and families. Protecting our city’s resources. As chairman of the finance committee I was pleased when our state auditors gave glowing reviews during our recent audit. The mayor’s position is the custodian of the city’s finances, and ensuring open, transparent government where the public enjoys open access to the city. Our complete commission packets will be available online in February.

Q: Where do you see Clovis in 2020?

A: I see us making the list of the top 10 places to live in a rural area of America, and we will do this by providing Clovis’ citizens with what they deserve – outstanding municipal services, including parks and recreational activities. I see a vibrant economy caused by the growth at Cannon AFB and our new economic development activity; a beautiful downtown with retail, restaurants and housing. Ute Water will be nearing completion. City employees that love their job because they are respected and well paid. Citizens who are proud wherever they are to call Clovis home.

Q: And 150 words, discuss whatever you’d like that we didn’t get to.

A: My thanks to those who trusted and voted for me four years ago. Together we had a vision to take our community forward based on the belief that working together we could make a difference. Together we have achieved great things — a new overpass, a sanitary sewer line to allow the west side of Clovis to grow, a funding stream for Ute Pipeline, a renovated wastewater treatment plant, renovated Youth Recreation Building, a splash pad at Hillcrest Park, new walking trails, streets, Hotel Clovis/downtown beautification and a dog park. And all in four years, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. During many visits throughout the city, I have heard your needs. I would like one more term to complete the great work we have begun with my promise to you that I will continue to work for the betterment of our community and our life on the High Plains.

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Name: David Lansford

Age: 52

Occupation: Pharmacist

Other organizations you’ve belonged to that you feel constitute relevant experiences: Other organizations that provided “relevant experiences” include: United Way board member and volunteer; Red Cross board member; youth recreation volunteer; small business owner/manager for 16 years

Q: Why are you seeking another term?

A: I care about the way government treats its citizens. The processes government uses to carry out its intended purpose interests me and is very important.

Q: What successes do you feel the city had under your time as mayor, and how would you further these successes?

A: The Commission followed through with solutions to public challenges. Some of the challenges include: Solid waste disposal, storm water management, park and recreation improvement, Clovis Civic Center, industrial development, keeping Cannon, tornado response, progress toward the development of a long-term sustainable water supply and various other infrastructure improvements such as the construction of the public works facility and the new Clovis Area Transit System facility.

Q: And to be fair, what could you have done better during your tenure, and how would you further these successes?

A: I wish I could have helped increase public awareness of the water supply issues facing Clovis and the surrounding area. Numerous town meetings were held and were poorly attended. Vital information was reiterated at every opportunity. However, the public’s awareness seemed to remain low. Now, with the electronic media being a greater part of our lives, I would make better use of it along with the more traditional methods of getting information out.

Q: What is the mayor’s most important job, in your mind?

A: The most important job of the mayor is to listen to the citizens, follow the Constitution and conduct the business affairs of the city in a professional manner. Being open and straightforward, objective, sincere and respectful of the opinions of others and their right to voice their feelings and share their knowledge are important attributes in performing the mayor’s duties.

Q: Where do you see Clovis in 2020?

A: I see Clovis as a safe and healthy community that provides a home for people, who want to work, raise their families, pursue their own path to happiness and experience the blessings of life and liberty. Because of the actions we take now, Clovis in 2020 will have greater economic and educational opportunities than it has ever had.

Q: And in 150 words, discuss whatever you’d like that we didn’t get to.

A: (Editor’s note: Lansford declined to answer, noting he had nothing further to discuss beyond the previous questions.)

— Compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Kevin Wilson