San Juan County Commission candidate, District 2
Willie Grayeyes is running for the County Commission District 2 seat. Willie gave an interview with the San Juan Record for this candidate profile with a general description of his platform, why he is running, and a little about his history and work background.
“For me it has been noticing that we have a representative that’s off the reservation to the reservation, but we only see him probably once a year,” Grayeyes said when asked what he hopes to bring to his constituents if elected.
“That’s the main reason why I am running.”
Grayeyes said that he has to be more present for the people of the newly delineated District 2 than what they have seen in the past if he is elected.
Grayeyes said, “One of the things I would like to get done is the understanding of impartiality.
These things are being ignored in terms of Navajo people and I like to give notice to the public that everybody is equal. Fairness is what I’m looking at. Equality.
“Nobody speaks up for us at these meetings. They always tell us, ‘hey, if you can’t make it don’t say anything.’ That’s the way it seems like. They darn well know that we have over a certain amount of hours to make it to these meetings up in Monticello.
“Why are we always having meetings up there? Why don’t we have some at the South end?”
Grayeyes attended the Bureau of Indian Affairs high school, leading him on a journey of involvement much of his life in the school systems, he said.
He finished high school in Redwood City, CA, then attended community college in San Mateo County, CA before attending Nordon Arizona University to further his studies in early childhood development. Grayeyes eventually came back to San Juan County during a massive snowstorm on the reservation to “help his people.”
He eventually took a job as a Head Start Teacher, working there for several years before moving up to an administrative position.
From there, Grayeyes was elected to the Navajo Nation Council. In his first term he served on the Economic Development and Planning Committee and was selected for his second term. He lobbied in Washington at times and in his second term he worked for the budget and Finance Committee for the Navajo Nation.
After his second term he worked with the Division of Social Service for one year, then transferred to the Division of Behavioral Health. Grayeyes was then sent to Page, AZ on assignment to establish a residential treatment center within the city, which eventually was created.
In 1999 he was elected to his third term to the Navajo Nation Council. During his third term he was named vice chair, serving on the Judiciary Committee for four years. On the fourth term her served as the Chair of the Judiciary Committee repectively.