City Councilor Jason Perry (R-Ward 4), his family and a number of supporters braved the cold, rainy weather, Saturday, to meet on the west steps of City Hall, where Perry announced his bid for re-election in the 2014 election.
Among those who faced the 19 degree temperatures were Rep. Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell), former City Councilor Sonny Espinoza, Rep. Bob Wooley (R-Roswell) and his wife, Jana, Mayor Del Jurney, mayoral candidate Dennis Kintigh, District Attorney Janetta Hicks and Chief Deputy Britt Snyder of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.
Perry told his audience: “I’m not here at City Hall to play — my sleeves are rolled up. I have worked hard to make zoning less restrictive to attract new businesses to Roswell and create a positive climate for current businesses stay.”
Zoning is an important topic for Perry. He is a voting member of the Extraterritorial Zoning Authority, a body which consists of both city councilors and county commissioners, who plan development of county lands immediately surrounding the city.
He also is chairman of Roswell’s Buildings and Lands Committee and a member of the Airport Committee. Perry is active in Neighborhood Watch and feels combating crime is a key ingredient to growth in Roswell.
“I have worked to strengthen public safety and do everything necessary to encourage economic development…”
In the past year, Perry supported a resolution to confirm residents’ Second Amendment rights, or the right to bear arms. He proposed an ordinance that places heavy restrictions on sexually-oriented businesses that he believes harmful to the citizens of Roswell.
His views reflect his ministry. Perry is an associate minister at Tabernacle Baptist Church and acts as the church’s Minister of Education. In addition, he is president of the School Board for Valley Christian Academy.
He is involved in a number of different groups. Perry is vice-chairman of the Chaves County Republican Party. He was a past president of Roswell’s Noon Optimist Club and serves as pianist for Roswell Rotary.
Perry also acts as the city’s liaison to the veterans cemetery project at South Park Cemetery.
Perry said he takes his job seriously and has worked to maintain a relationship with Gov. Susana Martinez and the State Legislature to ensure the City of Roswell has a voice in Santa Fe.
After the gathering on the steps of City Hall, a reception was held to celebrate his candidacy, which was attended by 60 stalwart supporters.
“It was freezing, but I was determined to keep my promise that the announcement would take place as scheduled,” Perry said.