Aztec City Commission District 3: Sherri Sipe
Name: Sherri Sipe
City or town of residence: Aztec
Contact information: 505-330-0331
1. Describe your platform and why you are running for office.
I have served on the commission for two terms, and I have learned a lot about how local government works. I feel that experience will help me with decisions that face our community and our citizens in these trying times. I am able to listen to all sides of an issue and form my own opinion as to the best decision for our city. Aztec has made great strides forward, and I would like to see that continue. There are several projects in progress that I would like to see completed: the East Arterial Route, the North Main Extension, our Business Incubator, the sewer outfall line. I want to continue to serve the citizens of Aztec and make our city the BEST it can be.
2. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Aztec?
Our biggest challenge is the economy as we continue to see our gross receipts tax (GRT) numbers fall. Of course as oil and gas prices continue to fall, a lot of our citizens are out of work or have to go somewhere else to work, which is why economic development is so important, to build a broader GRT base and provide jobs. This is the time to be aggressive in seeking that development. We continue to be proactive in making Aztec "business friendly" and in seeking new businesses with sound, viable business plans. This is where the new Business Incubator comes in. We are in the process of three hydrological studies to determine the best course of action for flood mitigation and drainage. We know that this is going to be an enormous cost for the city. Another challenge we continually have is bids for projects coming in higher than our engineer's estimates. When that happens, it affects our budget as whole if we decide to proceed with higher numbers, and we may not be able to proceed with other projects, or we reject those bids and go out for rebid, which delays the project.