By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series about candidates for the upcoming Roosevelt County Commission District 2 primary election.
A man who has done everything from operate some of the area’s largest car dealerships to play a key role in city government, is seeking a seat on the Roosevelt County Commission.
Harvey Teague, who has served as general manager of Big Valley Ford Chrysler Jeep dealership for the last three years and before that was owner of the Ford Chrysler dealership from 1983-1996, said the timing is right for him to be a commissioner.
“I’ve always wanted to be a little bit more involved,” he said. “Now I have the time to do it. I have all the experience that is required for the job.”
It’s hard to argue with Teague’s experience.
In addition to running some of eastern New Mexico’s more successful businesses, he served as the assistant city manager for the city of Clovis, as well as working as the city’s personnel director and purchasing agent.
“Anything you can think of with city government, I did,” he said.
Now he wants a shot at the Roosevelt County Commission.
He will face Charles May and George Martin in the June 1 primary for the Republican nod for the commission’s District 2 seat.
The winner of that race will face Democrat David Sanders in the November general election.
Current District 2 Commissioner Chad Davis decided not to run for re-election.
There are several issues that Teague is interested in addressing if elected to the commission, including the importance of keeping Cannon Air Force Base in the area.
“I don’t have any issues with what’s gone on at Cannon in the past,” he said. “We need to work with our national legislators as well as the Clovis Committee of 50 on this. We need to keep people aware of how important Cannon is to Clovis and Portales.”
Teague said the city of Portales has close to 1,200 military personnel from Cannon living here.
“We employ at my business several spouses of military people,” he said. “Anything good for Portales is good for Curry County and anything good for Curry County is good for Portales.”
Teague also said he thought it was important that a road got built that would make it safer to get to the new cheese plant in Curry County.
In addition, Teague said it was important for area officials to continue to go after solutions to water and health care problems.
“We still need to recruit more doctors in the area,” he said. “We have too many people going to Lubbock, Amarillo and Albuquerque for care.”
Teague said his experience in the business world and with government should be one reason that people vote for him.
“I don’t have any axes to grind with anyone and don’t have any hidden agendas,” he said. “I have a ton of experience handling close to $30-40 million budgets . I feel that I can contribute to the overall process as far as budget matters and purchasing matters are concerned. And I’m very good with negotiations. If there is a problem with an entity I think we can work out all of those problems.”
Marshall Stinnett, a longtime figurehead in Portales, said he thought Teague would make a great commissioner.
“He is a hard worker and a good community leader,” Stinnett said. “He is a very successful businessman. He has the skills to be a good commissioner. I have been involved with some chamber projects with him and have association with him as an advertiser when I was running the newspaper.”