Lt. Gov. John Sanchez meets with members of Roswell City Council during his Mobile Office Day tour, Wednesday. Mark Wilson Photo
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez met face-to-face with constituents and city councilors Wednesday at City Hall to address their state government issues and concerns.
Mark Van Dyke, Sanchez’s chief of staff, said that meeting with residents has been a priority for Sanchez since he took office.
“It’s good for us to get out of Santa Fe,” Van Dyke said. “It’s a big state and residents deserve to have accessibility, have an opportunity to let us know what’s on their mind.”
The Roswell visit was the last stop of Sanchez’s Mobile Office Day state tour, which also included stops in Clovis, Portales, Hobbs, Carlsbad and Artesia.
He also met with City Councilors Jason Perry, Savino Sanchez and Jeanine Best to discuss their concerns for growing the city’s convention center and improving education across the state.
“I’m here to say we can help in whatever way we can,” Sanchez told them. “I want to make sure I identify priorities municipalities have so we can monitor that.”
Sanchez met with a small number of residents individually to address issues involving unemployment and education.
Jacki Morris, a state senior employment specialist, said she asked Sanchez to consider Chaves County when creating job training prospects, especially for those over the age of 50.
“A lot of these people thought they were going to retire and do well. Then, the economy happened,” she said.
Morris works with seniors to help them learn new skills and job interview techniques. “There are people here who have a proven track record,” she said.
Along with airing concerns, constituents also offered their help.
Dara Dana, a former state representative, said she wanted Sanchez to know that she is available to lend her expertise to help the state figure out how to implement the Affordable Care Act “in a manner that helps those that need the help.”
“These are tough times,” she said. “We have to make sure we are targeting the people that need the health insurance.”
Van Dyke said each resident’s concern has been noted and the office will work to follow up on each one.
“Regardless of whether people get a resolution, they definitely will get an answer,” he said.