City Council candidate James McCornack, an operations supervisor for the New Mexico Gas Company, wants to see the city thrive.
“I’m running because I want to see our city succeed and I want to see us grow. I feel we need to change to get there,” McCornack said.
McCornack is running against Caleb Grant and Jerry Heck for the Ward 2 seat, to be vacated by Councilor Jimmy Craig.
Crime and economic development will be his focus, McCornack said.
“Obviously, our crime rate and also our economic development isn’t where we need it to be,” he said. “We haven’t seen the growth where other communities around us have experienced growth.”
McCornack, who has worked for NMGC for the past seven years, first as a district engineer, attended the University of New Mexico and earned a degree in mechanical engineering.
As a licensed professional engineer, he has experience in planning, design, project management and budgeting. His projects for the company have included large replacement projects with multi-million dollar budgets.
McCornack said he feels the city should focus on small-business growth.
“I just want to see positive change in our community,” he said. “I think it really has to be focused on small-business growth. As a small community, we’ve gone through the boom and bust of the Air Force base … etc.”
He has heard about small businesses and had people talk about the Roswell International Air Center, he said.
“That’s a huge benefit to the community,” McCornack said. “We need to be taking advantage of that and the college, too. That’s also a huge benefit to the community.”
McCornack said he thinks the city should limit alcohol licensing.
“From what I’ve heard, we’re already exceeding the amount of licensing. If we’re exceeding the allowable limit, we shouldn’t do that,” he said. “I don’t think small businesses is limited to bars or alcohol sales.”
The focus, he said, should be on health care, other service industries, technology and entrepreneurship instead.
“I think, in general, we just have to set up our policies, our regulations and ordinances that would make it easy for small businesses to come here and make it easy to locate here in Roswell,” McCornack said.
His view of serving on City Council is to make positive changes in the city.
Some changes would be to give the next generation opportunities to be successful, he said. The city needs to invest in the Yucca Recreational Center, the college and make sure students have opportunities to stay in the city, so that “we’re not educating people and they just leave to go to other places,” he said.
McCornack lives with his wife, Meagan.