Councilor Judy Stubbs has 16 years’ experience on the Roswell City Council and says she is seeking election for her Ward III seat during the municipal election in March. If re-elected, Stubbs will serve her fifth term on the council.
First elected in 1994, Stubbs embarked on a run for mayor in 2006, a journey she eventually relinquished. “It made me realize that my talents, my abilities and my passion are much better served in the legislative branch as opposed to the executive. So I ran for my council seat again,” she said. In 2008, Stubbs won her council seat back.
Stubbs said that through her council position she has learned more about fostering partnerships among communities and pooling resources to achieve expansion and retention of local businesses.
During her 16 years on council, Stubbs has successfully negotiated new economic opportunities for Roswell including the International Law Enforcement Academy and the Youth ChalleNGe program. Currently she is president of the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Foundation and has made several trips to the Legislature to obtain funding for the new building. Additionally, she chaired the All-America City Committee, authored the Public Participation and Consent Resolutions and the resolution renaming the Roswell International Air Center and Recognizing Roswell’s 100 Years of Incorporation.
“That first time that I ran I was well prepped as to what city government is all about, what needs to be done and what’s already done. I’ve spent 16 more years cultivating that and learning it, where I think that the knowledge that I have is irreplaceable,” Stubbs said.
Stubbs cited the re-organization of all the city’s zoning ordinances into one document as a vital accomplishment during her tenure. “It presents the city in a much better light, in a much better organized and succinct manner for those who are looking to locate either businesses or residences here,” she said.
Looking at her position as councilwoman as a steward of the city’s property, Stubbs said, “I believe the city has the responsibility to develop a positive environment that sets the tone to attract new jobs and support existing businesses. I also want to see a well-planned Roswell with adequate infrastructure to support a diversified economy.”
Stubbs and Councilor Dusty Huckabee were instrumental in obtaining the $75,000 grant the city received for its master plan process. Roswell’s new downtown master plan, which was approved by the council in December, provides guidance to the city to ensure the economic strength of Roswell’s MainStreet District is maintained over time.
“I believe that my experience uniquely qualifies me for this position and that the knowledge and the resources I have make me a valuable asset to the city,” Stubbs said. “With the redistricting of the City Council wards, I am now representing some new neighborhoods, but my passion has always been for the entire city and I look forward to working with some new parts of the city.”