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Former land commissioner candidate addresses civic clubs in new role

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ARTESIA — He ran for New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands in 2010 and after that, he was the CEO of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. These days, Matt Rush serves as a motivational speaker.

Rush

He was in Roswell and Artesia this week speaking with civic organizations and the general public.

Rush said he spoke to an all civic club luncheon in Roswell on Tuesday.

“There were 26 civic clubs from Chaves and Eddy counties,” he said.

Rush added, “it was just an amazing experience to be able to speak in front of  a group of people who basically volunteer their time to help improve the lives of our people and our communities in this area.”

After his speech in Roswell, he ventured south and spoke to a group of people at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center in Artesia Tuesday night.

He said his speech there focused on the people who live in this region.

“My message was, we have to be viable, which means willing and able to grow,” he said.

“We have to be valuable and be willing and visible to tell our story,” Rush added.

His speaking tour concluded Wednesday during the noon at the meeting of the Artesia Downtown Lions Club.

He talked about growing up in Dora, which is a village in Roosevelt County, and his involvement with the Future Farmers of America at Dora High School.

He talked about his youthful experiences to drive home three points.

“Number one, we have to know what’s going on,” he said. “What we put in our mind is what’s gonna come out and how important it is to be able to tell our story.”

During his speech to the Artesia civic organization, he also talked about how society will define the future.

“No one else can do it except us,” he said.

Rush added that the people in our region are very underrated.

“This is a great place, there are great people here and I want people to be proud,” he said.

These days Rush is a motivational speaker and leadership trainer for Zig Ziglar International.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.