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Bloomfield City Council: Matthew Pennington

Matthew Pennington
Matthew Pennington

Name: Matthew Pennington

Age: 39

City or town of residence: Bloomfield

Contact information: 505-632-2113

1. Describe your platform and why you are running for office.

I grew up watching my father serve as president of Child Haven and in various positions throughout San Juan County, and my grandfather serve as a state senator.  It was instilled in me at a young age how important it is to serve within the community you live.  I love Bloomfield, and I have enjoyed serving as a city councilor here for the past eight years. Working at the Farmers Market grocery store in Bloomfield allows me to be highly accessible to Bloomfield’s citizens, and interacting with them on a daily basis gives me the opportunity to learn what the citizens of Bloomfield want and need. I keep those citizens and their conversations in mind during every council session we have and choice we make. I am also seeking re-election because I believe it is important to have a business-minded person on the council. I am a proponent of running the city as a business and making sure that it is running as efficiently and smoothly as possible. Government waste, on all levels, needs to be reduced. But, with that in mind, we must always take care of our city employees and our citizens. Bloomfield has always excelled at this. I am proud of those that work at the city who strive to take care of those around them and would love to keep serving among them.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Bloomfield today?

The major issues facing Bloomfield today have not changed dramatically over the past 10 years. The city continues to grow, and with that come problems and opportunities. Funding that growth while keeping up with Bloomfield’s aging infrastructure is a constant challenge. We must find ways to fund new equipment and infrastructure in a declining economy. Here in Bloomfield, we have always risen and fallen with the extraction industry. We have and will always continue to fully support oil and gas. But, we must diversify the city's income as much as possible to reduce the effect these dips have on our community. We must attract new and various businesses that are not tied so directly to extraction. Doing so would lessen the impact of recessions and provide new jobs to those in our area.