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Candidate Q & A – CNM District 2

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Editor’s Note: The Journal today takes a look at Central New Mexico Community College’s District 2 board race. Coverage of the CNM District 1 race was published on Wednesday. The election is Tuesday.

CNM District 2

1. Why do you want to be a member of the governing board?

2. What would you bring to the board?

3. What is CNM’s role in the state of New Mexico?

Bob Matteucci, Jr.

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Bachelor’s in history from the University of New Mexico; master’s in business administration from Tulane University; law degree from University of New Mexico School of Law.

1. New Mexico needs good paying jobs. CNM can provide the educated workforce to help attract businesses by providing a great and affordable education. I have the vision, experience and perspective to help make that happen.

2. My experience in creating and growing a successful small business. I understand what skills employers want. I’ll work with the legislature and community to adequately support CNM and make sure every dollar is wisely spent.

3. Train New Mexicans for the careers of today and anticipate and prepare for the careers of the next decade. Provide great education at an affordable price. Work with business to give students skills business needs.

Ernest Sturdevant

Occupation: Music director, St. Chad’s Episcopal Church; independent contractor as singer, actor and composer.

Education: Bachelor’s in music, Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; post-graduate study at Michigan State University and University of New Mexico.

1. The governing board, through open communication with the community, and CNM faculty and staff can work together to enable community leadership that better meets the needs of students entering CNM from high school, veterans and other adults returning to school for retraining, as well as holding steadfast to the ideals of a liberal arts education that is the source of betterment for the individual student and therefore the greater Albuquerque community.

2. I have taught in the classroom, privately and led workshops at all levels up to and including community college. My professional music credits include concert, oratorio, music director, vocal coach, pianist, organist, arranger and composer with professional acting credits that include music theater, opera, legitimate stage and film. As a lifelong student and an educator for 35 years, I would bring a unique and practical voice to the CNM Governing Board.

3. With 53 percent of New Mexico’s children living in poverty, CNM must remain a beacon of hope for quality education via affordable tuition as a route to student fulfillment for achieving a higher quality of life and therefore a strong future for New Mexico.

— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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