Aztec City Commission District 1: Austin Randall
Name: Austin Randall
City or town of residence: Aztec
1. Describe your platform and why you are running for office.
After serving the city as purchasing agent from 2010 to 2014, I have seen the importance of the city commission and the significance of the decisions they make. It is important to have a commission that represents the demographic of the city and can offer diversified views and opinions to make the right choices. My decisions are guided by putting God and family first. Personal morals and ethics are very important to me, and I will apply this to every decision I make as commissioner. The city must be guided on a path that will benefit the majority of citizens, not just a specific few. Projects should be seen through to completion and designed with future maintenance and growth in mind. My overall goal is to continue making Aztec a place where I am proud to call home and raise my growing family.
My wife Brooke and I are from Aztec and were married soon after graduating Aztec High School. We will celebrate 10 years of marriage this year and now have three awesome kids. Our youngest daughter was born just a few days ago on Feb. 9. My vision is to ensure that my children grow up in a safe, flourishing community where they have every opportunity to grow, learn, laugh and play. Maintained safe streets, clean parks, economic development and dependable infrastructure (water, sewer, electric) are all part of making this vision a reality.
2. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Aztec?
Every commission must deal with the common challenge of balancing limited funds between new projects and infrastructure sustainability. While it is important to remain attractive and invite new development to our city, we must not forget those who are already here by providing the best utilities and service possible. Let us give incentives for new businesses that will benefit the community, but never forget those who already call Aztec home.
Similarly to most families in our area, my livelihood is directly affected by the oilfield due to my current profession. Our entire region has been affected by the downturn in the oil and gas industry. Many people are out of work, and the local economy is feeling the strain. The city budget is surely suffering due to a lack of spending in our city. Revenue from gross receipts taxes are down because citizens are minimizing their spending due to being laid-off or experiencing pay cuts. Now more than ever, it is important to stress the importance of buying local and supporting local business.
My vision is to see the Arterial Route completed and ready for new development when the oil and gas industry is thriving again. I want to see new restaurants and businesses open up on every available lot. When someone says “I’m heading into town” for food, shopping or entertainment, I want that town to be Aztec!