Village mayoral candidates answer our questions

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Diego Montoya

Diego Montoya

Describe the duties and responsibilities of the position you are running for.

Duties and responsibilities of the Mayor of Magdalena, as stated in Article 2 of the village charter, are as follows. The mayor is the presiding officer of the board of trustees and will only vote when there is a tie. The mayor as, Chief Executive, holds the powers to cause the ordinances and regulations of the municipality to be obeyed, exercise powers, conferred upon sheriffs, to suppress disorder, keeping the peace and perform other duties, which the board may require and has the authority to appoint, supervise and discharge employees. The mayor is a representative of the community.

How would you improve the operation and efficiency of the office?

I would improve the operation and efficiency of the mayor’s office by having a monthly “Mayor’s newsletter/communiqué” to allow more transparency and to allow the villagers to see what the mayor and trustees have accomplished. I will have a public comments box to allow the public to express their ideas.  I would additionally like to modernize the office with more updated technology.

What sets you apart from the other candidate in this race?

What sets me apart from the others is my ability to communicate unreservedly and my experiences from my many hours of volunteering, while bringing enthusiasm to the office. From hosting church fiestas to radio announcing, I am not anxious to present myself in front of a crowd or in front of a committee. What Magdalena needs is a representative who can converse with committees/commissions and request what we need as a community to thrive. My volunteer time has included two service trips to Louisiana to rebuild, many cleanups, event planning and team building, which will all benefit the village.

What do you consider to be the most important unmet need in City Government?

The most unmet need in the village government is maintenance. Maintenance of the infrastructure, which is the basic services to keep the community functioning. This includes the roads, water system, lighting and communication systems. All of the aforementioned need work and updating.

Have you been in a leadership position before, if so, what did you accomplish in that role?

I have held many leadership positions before including student government and class president, the most recent and important position, to the village, has been my position as head of Spanish Village (Old Timers’ Reunion) for the past three years.  With this leadership role I have helped keep the traditions and culture of the Spanish families in the area alive for generations alongside promoting historic “Trails End” Magdalena across the state.

Have you ever been terminated from a professional position and why?

No I have never been terminated from a professional position.

Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a Felony?

No I have never been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a Felony.

 

Tommy Torres

Tommy Torres

Describe the duties and responsibilities of the position you are running for.

The duties are to make sure that the Village is running smooth and all employees are doing their job in a timely fashion, making sure that all departments understand the positions they are responsible to oversee! The responsibilities are make sure that the Village runs as smooth as possible to maintain a healthy and capable running office.

How would you improve the operation and efficiency of the office?

I would improve the operation and efficiency of the office would be to do the best job that I possible can for both the people of the village and for the office I’m running for. I will work hard to maintain the honor of the position I’m seeking.

What sets you apart from the other candidate in this race?

What sets me apart from the other candidates is that I have served 4 years as a Trustee. I have had some highs in this job and some lows. But I learned never give up trying your best.

What do you consider to be the most important unmet need in City Government?

The most important unmet need in city government is money. It seems there is never enough money for doing this thing or that.

Have you been in a leadership position before, if so, what did you accomplish in that role?

Yes, I was a Camp Crew Boss for the forest service. I leaned how to deal with different types of people and what kind of work they could do and what kind of jobs they couldn’t do.

Have you ever been terminated from a professional position and why?

No.

Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a Felony?

No.