2012 Municipal Elections: Village of Bosque Farms

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MAYOR

Name: Robert G. Knowlton

Robert G. Knowlton

Age: 54
Education: B.S. in civil engineering, M.S. in hydrology, Ph.D. in hydrology
Previous political experience: Two terms as a village councilor and mayor pro tem
Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.”
Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.”
Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.”
1. If elected, what are the top three issues you would like to address while in office?
“First, economic development is the key to sustaining healthy revenue for the village.  Next, with enhanced revenue, the village can sustain reasonable benefits for the staff and replace aging equipment. Third, obtain the funding to complete the library addition and encourage more public events to bring village residents together.”
2. What have you done to educate yourself on village issues, such as planning?
“I was on the Planning and Zoning Commission for four years, one as the chairman. I was involved in developing the village’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (the master plan). I have attended meetings and forums regarding economic development. I regularly research topics of concern to the village.”
3. What ideas do you have to maintain rural charm while promoting economic development?  
“The village needs to maintain commercial activity along N.M. 47 and not allow it to creep into the agricultural and residential areas of the village. Many areas of the village have larger lot sizes, and these should be preserved and not subdivided to smaller lots.”
4. The village has been working on a new animal control ordinance for many years. What is your solution to bring this to a conclusion?
“I participated in all of the workshops held by the council regarding the animal control ordinance. I offered an edited version of the committee’s draft ordinance that was well received by the council and many members of the public. One more workshop and it could be finished.”
5. What volunteer activities have you participated in to better the village of Bosque Farms?
“I am currently volunteering on the Bosque Farms Fair Board. I participate in the Keep Bosque Farms Beautiful cleanups.  Previously, I volunteered four years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. I was a volunteer in Yucca Little League for many years as an umpire, coach and board member.”
6. What qualities and experience make you the best qualified for the position?  
“The past eight years on the council as mayor pro tem has provided me with great experience. I also have management experience and a professional background in water and wastewater engineering, important skills in helping to maintain village services. I care strongly about the quality of life in our village.”

 

VILLAGE COUNCIL

Name: Wayne Ake

Wayne Ake

Age: 68
Occupation: Safety director
Education: Bachelor of Science in business management
Previous political experience: Four years on village council and eight years as mayor
Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.”
Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.”
Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.”

1. If elected, what are the top three issues you would like to address while in office?
“Public safety, village infrastructure and economic development.”

2. What have you done to educate yourself on village issues, such as planning?
“Eight years as mayor.”
3. What ideas do you have to maintain rural charm while promoting economic development?
“As business is limited to N.M. 47. The rest of the village is residential, which will be maintained as rural.”

4. The village has been working on a new animal control ordinance for many years. What is your solution to bring this to a conclusion?
“Combine the three existing ordinances with limited additions and changes.”

5. What volunteer activities have you participated in to better the village of Bosque Farms?
“Fundraisers, annual clean-ups and village fair.”

6. What qualities and experience make you the best qualified for the position?
“Previous 12 years on the village governing body.”

 

Dolly Wallace

Name: Dolly Wallace
Age: 59
Occupation: Co-owner of Wallace Quarter Horses LLC
Education: Los Lunas High School Graduate, Albuquerque Business College Graduate
Previous Political Experience: Councilor for eight years
Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.”
Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.”
Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.”
1. If elected, what are the top three issues you would like to address while in office?
“1. Developing the newly acquired Woodall property abutting our public park on the North Loop; 2. Working on and completing the proposed animal ordinance; 3. Moving forward with improvements to the library and community center.”
2. What have you done to educate yourself on village issues, such as planning?
“The New Mexico Municipal League offered an educational course for elected officials in municipal business and planning. I took advantage of this opportunity and attended the Municipal Official Leadership Institute, spending several days in classes and graduating from the course.”
3. What ideas do you have to maintain rural charm while promoting economic development?
“We currently have excellent ordinances on our books to protect rural charm we enjoy.  I’ll continue to protect rural lifestyle supporting those ordinances. We do have several acres of vacant commercial property that could handle businesses promoting and enhancing rural lifestyle, and bringing services to residents without infringing on residents.”
4. The village has been working on a new animal control ordinance for many years. What is your solution to bring this to a conclusion?
“We should put this into another workshop for the governing body to fine tune with input from the residences. Many years of hard work from a diversified, volunteer committee arrived with the present proposal. I believe we can come together and produce an ordinance that will fit Bosque Farms.”
5. What volunteer activities have you participated in to better the village of Bosque Farms?
“Bosque Farms has an annual community fair, possibly the oldest in the country, in which I helped with the auction and drove the vehicle for the grand marshall in the fair parade.  Of course, I helped in any other areas I was needed.”
6. What qualities and experience make you the best qualified for the position?
“Having eight years of experience as a Bosque Farms councilor, I’ve learned patience, don’t take things personally and have ears for all. I bring integrity, fairness and the desire and ability to serve the citizens. I am proud to be a part of creating a balanced budget without sacrificing services.”

 

MUNICIPAL JUDGE

R. Lar Thomas

Name: R. Lar Thomas
Age: 53
Occupation: Semi-retired lawyer
Education: BS  in animal science/international agriculture; Juris Doctorate
Previous political experience: MRGCD Board of Directors, 1992-93
Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.”
Have you or your business ever filed bankruptcy? “No.”
Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.”

1. Municipal judges are typically not attorneys. What plans do you have to educate yourself beyond mandatory state training about the village’s ordinances and legal proceedings?
“While I am an attorney with more than 22 years of trial experience, I have visited the court on numerous occasions to get input from the current judge and the support staff.
“In addition, I intend to maintain an active license to practice law, which requires continuing legal education.”

2. Do you believe in alternative sentencing, and if so, what are the benefits to the community?
“I do. In these times, when money can be scarce, we all have the same amount of time. This said, I am open to using community service to “pay off” fines.
“This will help the individual, the village and will benefit the residents as a whole by providing essential services.”

3. How can the municipal court foster a better working relationship with law enforcement?
“A good working relationship can be fostered by allowing law enforcement to be autonomous and by not trying to influence officers from the bench.
“However, it is important for these village departments to have an understanding of the other’s procedures and requirements.”