There are numerous community concerns being expressed from the District 3 community. Some concerns are the lack of County and State services, lack of funding and lack of transparency. There are feelings of being left out from the county, especially of the Bluff and Mexican Hat communities. They feel they don’t have a voice. They feel the county doesn’t care for southern part of the county. Most of the communities don’t want the status quo. Many voters feel unimportant. There is a need to change that mindset and seek everyone’s involvement in the county.
Other concerns expressed are services with our educational system for the southern schools, lack of improvements for county roads, sections of unsafe state roads, animal collision prevention/road fencing, senior citizen transportation and building needs, law enforcement, health services, emergency services and economic developments.
I believe there is a need for new ideas and new directions to be expressed, debated and implemented. There is a need to explore new opportunities for the constituents of District 3 and the County. It is important to look forward, plan ahead, absorb and be a visionary leader.
In order to accomplish responsibilities, one has to be accountable. I have a proven work history. I have extensive experience and a successful career in administrative management, with three major oil companies, for 36 years. It does not matter what type of business is being managed; there are certain attributes that are essential to the success of a business. Similarly, the position of county commissioner requires those same attributes. As a successful manager, I have the competence to oversee operations and can govern the quality of a business. I have started at the bottom of the rung of the ladder and have worked my way up. Becoming a leader requires certain skills that are not inherited; they must be learned. I have developed understanding of fiscal accountability. I can communicate effectively and have built interpersonal relationships. I understand team building, goal setting, progress measurement and success in the corporate world. Importantly, I have enthusiasm. I believe these qualities are needed to be a sound commissioner.
One has to know the process, procedures and most importantly, work with various organizations. I possess this knowledge. The job of the commissioner requires an already experienced individual, with diversified experience in planning, permitting, public relations, development and operations of programs and compliance activities. I hold this experience through my previous community membership roles and current employment. I have excellent analytical, strategic planning and negotiating skills. I have expertise in dealing with land matters that involve governmental agencies and Native Americans, in gaining cooperation of concerned and affected parties, which I can apply to the county commissioner position.
I have held numerous membership roles, which all lead to Chairmanship roles within the County. These include the Health Board, Utah Navajo Trust Fund, Utah Navajo Development Council, San Juan County Democratic party, School Governing Boards, State Health Organizations and Emergency services.
I currently work with and have solidarity with all Chapters Officials in Aneth, Red Mesa, Mexican Water and Oljato Chapters. I have extensive experience in working on regulatory, permitting and reporting with State Agencies, County, Navajo Nation Government, Navajo Nation Agencies, and Federal Agencies.
I am a local life time county resident and I understand local issues. I am a local landowner, rancher and farmer.