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Town of Bernalillo Council Candidates (candidates run at large)

AGE: 49
EDUCATION: Bernalillo High School — 1982.
Ernestina Y. Dominguez.

Ernestina Y. Dominguez.

OCCUPATION: 1983-1991 — Town of Bernalillo; Administrative Assistant; 1991-2003 — Village of Corrales; Village Clerk and Acting Administrator; 2003-2012 — City of Santa Fe; Assistant City Clerk; 2012 to present — caregiver for my mom; 2013 to present — Kohl’s Department Store (PT).

FAMILY: Two sons.
POLITICAL GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: I have 28.5 years of experience in municipal government, 1983-1991 — Town of Bernalillo; Administrative Assistant, 1991-2003 — Village of Corrales; Village Clerk and Acting Administrator; 2003-2012 — City of Santa Fe; Assistant City Clerk.
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I successfully completed the Certification Program offered by the New Mexico Municipal League through the University of New Mexico as a Certified Municipal Clerk in 1996; Past President for the New Mexico Clerk’s and Finance Officers Association and Subsection Director for the New Mexico Municipal League Board of Directors.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I have always put my family and my church community first in my life. I would love the opportunity to give back to my community, where I was born and raised and still reside.

POLITICAL PARTY: (Did not answer.)
AGE: 42
 John A. Estrada.

John A. Estrada.

EDUCATION: I am currently taking courses to obtain my BA in Fire and Emergency Management with Waldorf College.

OCCUPATION: 15 years with Town of Bernalillo volunteer fire department holding different positions. Bernalillo’s first paid fire chief, 4 years, during which the west side fire station was approved by the Town council and ground breaking of the new site happened. Started and organized a first paid fire department with a 24-hour response for the town. Wrote and obtained grant monies over $300,000 for much-needed fire equipment. Serve on the Knights of Columbus and volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul during their food drives. Currently work for Cuba Ambulance as an EMT/I and volunteer for the Cuba Volunteer Fire Department.
FAMILY: Wife, Veronica, two sons, one daughter.
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: As the first paid fire chief, organized and implemented the first paid fire department for the Town of Bernalillo, started youth volunteer fire academy. With coordination of the town government, got second fire station for the Town of Bernalillo on the west side. Wrote and allocated over $300,000 for much needed fire equipment for the Town of Bernalillo Fire Department, including a new fire truck, brush truck and utility truck. Supervision and implementation of first Navajo Nation EMS department in the east side of the Navajo Nation, Torreon, NM.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Married 24 years to my wife, raising three children. Going to college to study medicine. Returning to school to get BA in Fire and Emergency Management. Helping my community as volunteer Fire Fighter/EMT-I for the town of Bernalillo for 15 years.


Councilor Prairie, who is seeking re-election, did not return the Journal’s questionnaire.


Questions to Bernalillo Town Council Candidates
Q: How would you like to see the town develop in terms of housing and commercial activities in areas east and west of the river?
DOMINGUEZ: I would like to see affordable housing developments in the town so that the youth of our community can afford to live here and commute to work. In order to provide services to a growing community, we would need to increase gross receipts, so if planned properly we can expand our commercial growth in a way that will complement the town.
ESTRADA: (Did not answer.)
Q: What strategies would you pursue to plan, design and fund infrastructure to keep pace with population growth?
DOMINGUEZ: One of our strategies would be to turn to our state Legislature and request funds that would be available to municipalities for assistance in funding infrastructure. When necessary the town can always pursue general obligation bonds or revenue bonds to fund infrastructure as well.
ESTRADA: (Did not answer.)
Q: Do you believe Bernalillo should participate in and contribute financially to a countywide economic development effort?
DOMINGUEZ: Yes, I would support it, if the resources are there for us to contribute and if participating would benefit the residents of the town.
ESTRADA: (Did not answer.)
Q: In terms of quality of life, what do you think Bernalillo does well, and what is lacking?
DOMINGUEZ: I believe the town has done well planning out the growth of the town; providing services for our youth and our seniors. However, there is always room to improve and expand. We need to continue to provide services for them. We have to continue working on keeping our water and wastewater facilities up to code and safe for the residents.
ESTRADA: (Did not answer.)
Q: Given the town’s limited resources, how do you think the town could enhance services for its senior citizens and youth?
DOMINGUEZ: The town has done an excellent job catering to our youth as far as the Recreation Center and Rotary Park area. It would be nice if we could combine efforts with Sandoval County and the Bernalillo Public School system and request assistance from the state and build a municipal/county aquatic center. If we join forces with the other entities, we can provide a year-round facility that could be used by the residents of the Town of Bernalillo and the students of the Bernalillo Public Schools.
ESTRADA: (Did not answer.)
Q: What changes, if any, would you recommend for the town’s land use and zoning policies?
DOMINGUEZ: It is important to keep our land use and zoning policies current. And in doing so, we can build responsibly. Growth is inevitable and we keep our policies updated we can promote growth while maintaining the integrity of the unique culture and history of the Town of Bernalillo.
ESTRADA: (Did not answer.)
Q: Have you or your business, if you are or have been a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Q: Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
ESTRADA: Yes, more than 19 years ago.
Q: Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state?