Ward working hard toward career and family

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent

Q. What do you think of Portales?
A. “It’s quiet and slow paced. Very dry and flat. Different from Oregon.”

Q. Tell us about your parents:
A. Father is deceased and Mother lives in Oregon

Q. How have your children influenced your life?
A. “They make me want to be a better person and work hard. I want to be a good influence on them.”

Q. Tell us about your spouse:
A. “Kelly is a homemaker and great mother. She is a photographer and active in the school system.”

Q. When you were a kid, what did you think you would be doing as an adult?
A. Professional Baseball Player

Q. Tell us about your first career:
A. Coached college football at Eastern Oregon University for one year, then became a police officer in Astoria, Ore. for three years. “It was a good job but a lot of negatives. The bad guys don’t like you and the good guys don’t like you because you’re a cop.”

Q.Tell us about a happy time:
A. Anytime I’m playing sports. Playing college football was the best.

Q. How did you end up in Portales?
A. “Wanted to get my Masters and live somewhere I had never been. Portales is a long way from Oregon.”

Q. What has kept you in Portales?
A. “School. When I graduate a job could keep me.”

Q. What is your favorite smell?
A. Night blooming Jasmine at the beach.

Q. What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
A. “Family and sports. I still like to play football and baseball and I love playing with my boys.”

Q. If you could go on an adventure, what would it entail?
A. “I would love to go on an African Safari.”

Q. If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place?
A. I would provide funding for public schools so all programs would be offered and our children would be well rounded and hopefully not as obese.

Q. What is your favorite book and why?
A. Rocket Boys. “Great true story about a couple of kids that chased their dream and didn’t take no for an answer.”

Q. Who is your favorite character in a book, movie, or play?
A. William Wallace, (Mel Gibson), in Braveheart. “Inspiring”

Q. What is your greatest hope?
A. “That my kids and their kids will live in a peaceful world not destroyed by politics, pollution and crime.”

Q. What advice would you give to high school graduates?
A. “Go to college and experience life. You have the rest of your life to work.”

Q. If you could go anywhere in the world for dinner, where would you go and what would you have?
A. “Alaska, and have the best halibut fish with chips ever.”

Q. Tell about a time when you were nervous.
A. “When I quit my job, sold my house and moved my family 1,800 miles so I could go to school and change my career.”

Q. What is the one thing you’ve always wanted to do but have been afraid to try?
A. “Only money and time stop me from trying things, Not Fear.”

Q. If you could redo one moment in life, what would it be? Why?
A. “My time in Junior College playing baseball. I got lazy and didn’t work hard and threw away a promising baseball career.”

Q. If you were the Mayor of Portales, what would you do to help fight crime?
A. “Make sure the City Attorney was aggressive in prosecuting crime. Make sure you had members on a drug task force. Meth fuels a huge percentage of crime. Fight to have people sent to prison instead of just probation. Send a message to criminals that their crime will be punished.”

-Compiled by Laurie Stone
PNT Correspondent