Mayoral candidates share views on city issues

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson David Lansford and Gayla Brumfield are vying for the position of Clovis mayor.

Robin Fornoff

David Lansford is a former Clovis mayor. He had the job 12 years before stepping down four years ago, opening the door for Gayla Brumfield to best five other candidates for the position.

Now Lansford wants the job back when municipal elections are held March 6.

He says he wants it because he has always enjoyed being in leadership positions. He believes there is a need for city government to listen more to the voices of all citizens.

But Brumfield wants to keep it. She says there is more work to do, particularly with the Ute Water Project, and though she reluctantly sought the job the first time, “I fell in love with the job because I see you can make a difference.”

To hear Lansford tell it, there isn’t much difference between the two.

“We’re both about the same age,” said Lansford, who is 53. “We both care about our families.”

At least, there are probably more similarities than differences between the two, Lansford said.

Brumfield, 58, disagrees. Especially when it comes to what she calls the key issues in the race — the role of government, quality of life, charting a future for Clovis and political philosophies.

Both are business successes. Lansford owns and operates Roden-Smith Pharmacy and said he takes pride in working behind the counter every day. Brumfield owns Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate and also works each day.

Neither candidate believes their private business jobs would detract from their performance as mayor.