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Delia Cortez-Collier seeks District 1 seat

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Longtime Artesia resident Delia Cortez-Collier is seeking the District 1 City Council seat currently held by Raul Rodriguez. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA — Delia Cortez-Collier has announced her candidacy for Artesia City Council District 1.

She is running against incumbent Raul Rodriguez and is no stranger to Artesia or the government process.

Cortez-Collier has lived in Artesia for six decades and her husband is former Eddy County Commissioner Glen Collier. He served more than a decade on the commission.

“We’re just community people, I think, and I like working with people,” she said.

For 30 years, she worked with Foundation Investment Co., Blazer Financial Services and Artesia General Hospital.

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She has also been involved with civic organizations as well.

“I’ve just been involved with people in different organizations in the community, with city events, church events. I’m not afraid to talk to people and see what’s happening,” she said.

The boundary lines for District 1 run all the way from Richey Avenue to West Washington Avenue.

Collier said she is running for City Council to see where she can help the community.

“Not that I think that everybody is doing wrong or there’s big problems,” she said. “Just getting involved.”

“She loves people, she responds to people and she hears what they say,” said Glen Collier.

She said that she was with her husband during his years of working for county government.

“I got see a lot of government people in Santa Fe. We made many political friends and I think I learned a lot. I was in a lot of their meetings,” she said.

The Collier’s ran and operated the Eddy County DWI School and they also started the initiative to help domestic violence victims in the Artesia area in the early 1990s, which led to the Grammy’s House shelter.

If elected, Cortez-Collier would like to see city government have a faster response for citizens who are having issues.

“I would like to listen to the issues,” she said. “Let’s see how we can fix it, as soon as possible and not procrastinate. Procrastination to me is not good.”

The Collier’s live on Mahone Drive, which is one of the busiest streets in the community, she said city government didn’t tell residents living on that street why they decided to paint the curb areas yellow and designate them as no parking spots.

“That has been an issue down here on Mahone for a long time,” she said. “One of our neighbors has been to the council many times and still we have no answer and that’s what I don’t like. We need some answers, quick.”

She added, “I see that as a fault, because people don’t get informed of what’s going on of their plans to do something until it’s here, it’s done or a catastrophy. So that is one of the issues that I think is wrong.”

“We call it Mahone 500,” Glen Collier said. “The race when school is out, all the beer trucks (and) everything else they run about 40, 45, 50 mph. We had a neighbor who’s grandma came to visit a new baby and they parked in front and got a ticket for parking on Mahone.”

“It makes it difficult because where do our houses face?” Cortez-Collier asked. “Everybody’s house is facing Mahone, that’s your front door. Like some of these people that may not have a driveway, what are they gonna get to the alley or what? I have a good driveway, thank God, most everybody has for a car or two.”

Artesia Physical Therapy is just up the street from the Collier’s house and she said people park in front, there is parking in the back. She said the front door faces Mahone.

“Most everybody that goes there are on crutches or walkers, give me break. They stop there for just a minute to get the people down to go in and then they took off or park in the back well they can’t even do that now,” she said. “I see that as an issue that again that I don’t think they gave anybody a chance to voice why there shouldn’t be a yellow line in front our house.”

She said a yellow line would make more sense on the other side of the street where the Eagle Draw flood control channel and park is.

Cortez-Collier said procrastination has also been a problem with the water situation in Artesia. Last year, some boil water alerts were issued after E. coli was found in the system. City crews had to flush the system with chlorine and now they are looking to do that on a permanent basis.

“What I hear people say a lot is procrostination, we weren’t told until days later,” she said.

Another issue she’s heard from people is Artesia slowing down in community activities. She said neighboring communities like Roswell and Carlsbad have bigger events.

“Our people are going out of town to those events,” she said. “I don’t blame them, I do, too. It would be nice to have something big and nice here in Artesia.”

Election Day is Mar. 6. Absentee voting starts today and the last day to request an absentee ballot will be Mar. 2 at 5 p.m. Early voting starts Feb. 14 at City Hall.

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

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