2012 Municipal Elections: Town of Peralta

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MAYOR

Edward Connelly Archuleta

Name: Edward Connelly Archuleta
Age: 46
Occupation: Banking, senior vice president/senior loan officer at MyBank
Education: Graduate of Los Lunas High School; BA in finance, New Mexico Highlands University, 1994; MBA in management, New Mexico Highlands University, 1996
Previous political experience: Mayor of the town of Peralta, 2007-08; two terms as student body president at New Mexico Highlands University
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? “A search will show that there is one tax bill on a mobile home that is unpaid. I sold the mobile home more than 10 years ago and it no longer exists. Annually, I have been assured that it should have been removed from the tax rolls.”
1. If elected, what are the top three issues you would like to address while in office?  
“It is important to recognize that even though I may have my own ideas, it would be wise to continue to build on what the current administration has begun especially with the N.M. 47 project and prioritizing other projects. Maximization of all revenue generating sources, security and safety and promoting economic development along N.M. 47.”
2. What have you done to educate yourself on town issues, such as planning?
“I have kept myself abreast of current issues facing the town in discussions with elected officials and speaking with members of the community.”
3. What ideas do you have to maintain rural charm while promoting economic development?  
“I think it is important for the residents of Peralta to understand and have input on what kind of economic development we want for the area, while still maintaining the rural character that we have come to love. These issues can be addressed through a comprehensive plan for the town.”
4. If elected, what will you do, as mayor, to work with the New Mexico Department of Transportation to make sure the N.M. 47 project moves forward in a timely manner?  
“I think it is very important to work closely with all involved with the project to make sure it moves forward with the best interest of the community at heart. Delays need to be assessed independently and solutions need to be sought as quickly as possible.”
5. How important is it for the town to have its own waste water system?  
“I think having a solution for waste water should be very high on the priority list, especially on N.M. 47 and to those older smaller-acreage subdivisions. I believe there are some areas with serious groundwater contamination that warrant immediate attention.”
6. What qualities and experience make you the best qualified for the position?
“I believe I have the professional, educational and financial background necessary to keep moving Peralta forward and fiscally responsible. There are many issues that need to be addressed and people’s voices to be heard. I am not in favor of a non-voter supported property tax levy.”

 

Bryan R. Olguin

Name: Bryan R. Olguin
Age: 49
Occupation: Retired business owner/field technician
Education: Electronics technology degree
Previous Political Experience: Four years as town of Peralta mayor; director of the  Bureau of Elections for Valencia County
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 three issues you would like to address while in office?
“1. Reconstruction of N.M. 47; 2. Installation of wastewater system throughout the town of Peralta; 3. Residential road improvements; 4. Implementation of Peralta Police Department; 5. Add more volunteers to the Peralta Fire Department.”

2. What have you done to educate yourself on town issues, such as planning?
“Graduate of New Mexico Leadership Program, listen to the concerns of the residents, work with the Mid-Region Council of Governments and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District on issues that affect all residents of Peralta and Valencia.”

3. What ideas do you have to maintain rural charm while promoting economic development?
“1. Develop our business and economic development district along N.M. 47, while maintaining the rural and agricultural atmosphere; 2. Seek benefits for farmers who commit to traditional farming practices; 3. Work with the MRGCD to conserve and beautify the acequas in Peralta and Valencia.”

4.  If elected, what will you do, as mayor, to work with the New Mexico Department of Transportation to make sure the N.M. 47 project moves forward in a timely manner?
“I currently have the NMDOT present updates to the governing body and residents at every town meeting. Town staff also meets with DOT representatives every two months to discuss the progress on the project along with other DOT initiatives. Staff provides me with updates on the project’s community outreach efforts to meet with all affected property owners …”

5. How important is it for the town to have its own waste water system?
“I am currently working with the village of Bosque Farms to finalize a memorandum of understanding, which will help combine our collective efforts and tie into one system. It makes no sense to have two wastewater treatment plants within a one mile radius.”

6. What qualities and experience make you the best qualified for the position?
“I put the people of Peralta first. I care deeply about our community and all the residents of all generations. When I took office, the town did not have an office or even a phone number to contact their local government officials. I brought the town meetings back to Peralta …”