Judy Gutierrez, candidate for City Council, District 2

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Questionnaire: Judy Gutierrez, candidate for Metropolis Council, District 2

What motivated you to run for this place?

Repeatedly listening to from many constituents who felt that they had no illustration because the incumbent’s focus was on state and nationwide points. I additionally witnessed firsthand the incumbent’s excessive frustration with the job and would usually depart council conferences and govt periods early as a result of she hated the job. In my 15 years of working for Four Metropolis Reps, solely the incumbent ever mentioned they hated the job and didn’t wish to do it anymore.

2. Please describe your private {and professional} background.

I’m lifelong El Pasoan, born and raised in District 2. My mother and father immigrated from Mexico and I’m the ninth of 10 kids. I’m a most cancers survivor and my kids have at all times been 4-legged canines of varied breeds. I used to be my father’s caretaker for many of my grownup life till his passing in 2019. I spent 12 years in direct affected person care at Sierra Medical Middle earlier than beginning my profession on the Metropolis of El Paso. I selected to retire early in 2019 and introduced my candidacy shortly thereafter.  

3. How do you earn a residing? Do you intend to proceed if elected?

As a retiree, I obtain a pension and am not at the moment working anyplace, nor will I search employment elsewhere if elected. Metropolis Consultant shall be my fulltime job, because it was once I was chief of workers.  

4. Please describe your schooling. The place did you get your highschool diploma? What larger schooling levels and certificates have you ever earned from the place?

I’m a proud Irvin rocket graduate and acquired an affiliate’s diploma, with honors, from EPCC in Enterprise/Accounting.

5. What experiences in management do you’ve got that qualify you for this place?

I assisted in main the clinic creation and affected person program arrange for the primary kidney transplant program in El Paso. I additionally assisted in overhauling the nursing budgetary course of to supervise annual fiscal and capital funds operations. As President of Solar Up Optimist Membership, 5 Factors Enterprise Affiliation, and board member of each El Paso Sheriff’s Advisory Committee and Central Regional Command Advisory Committee, there are a number of situations the place one should be taught to take the lead, or to step apart and let another person lead. Management is figuring out when to do this, in addition to when to hear, and when to talk up.    

6. If elected, what can be your three key priorities whereas in workplace? How would you fund these priorities?

Enhance the return of our funding on police and hearth companies.

QOL Tasks/Upkeep and New Tasks; reprioritize our tasks that finest advantages the district whereas sustaining present working bills.

Neighborhood-based illustration; being out within the neighborhoods, being seen and accessible and caring for the wants of the district from the sector; not the workplace. I’ll proceed doing what I’ve been doing the final 15 years; caring for the problems and wishes of District 2.

7. Have you ever beforehand run for workplace? If that’s the case, please checklist the positions sought and the result.

I’ve by no means run for workplace earlier than. 

8. Have you ever ever been arrested or charged with against the law? Have you ever ever had a civil judgment towards you? Have you ever ever been in arrears on native, state or federal taxes? If that’s the case, please present an evidence.

I’ve by no means been arrested or charged. I’ve by no means had a civil judgement towards me. I’m not in arrears on any taxes that I’m conscious of. 

9. If elected, would you’ve got any potential conflicts of curiosity that you’re conscious of that might impair your potential to serve? Please clarify what they’re and the way you’d keep away from the battle.

None that I’m conscious of. 

10. What are the qualities of a very good public servant? How does your background and expertise mirror these qualities?

public servant ought to be all about serving the those that elected them. Voting and setting coverage as a result of it’s the proper factor to do, and never as a result of it can look good at re-election time, and never as a result of it can serve them as they search larger workplace. They need to have robust character and temperament in order that within the warmth of disagreements, they don’t turn out to be combative or worse but, stroll away with out resolving the problems.

I’ve spent my complete grownup life coping with people who find themselves at their worst or lowest instances of their lives, be it within the hospital setting, or the sufferer of against the law once I labored at 911 or taking of their complaints as a result of the town has failed to handle a necessity of their neighborhood. I’ve handled many individuals yelling, swearing, threatening me, and I’ve allowed them to vent with out interruption after which with observe up about what I can do to assist them.

It is studying to diffuse conditions with out letting them escalate. My method can be to diffuse battle on the dais reasonably than to inflame it and discover widespread floor that advantages the constituents.

11. What are your values on the subject of a citizen’s entry to authorities and transparency? Would you are taking calls from the media and conform to interview requests?

I imagine it’s an American worth; a citizen has a proper to talk or entry their elected officers and procure paperwork by way of the ORR course of. I additionally imagine a citizen has a proper to name out elected officers in no matter tone or language they need. Even whether it is demeaning or foul. All media ought to have entry to elected officers however ought to make each effort doable to present discover for interview requests. Nonetheless, I’m conscious that deadlines exist and appointments will not be at all times doable. 

12. How would you charge the town/county’s response to COVID-19? Do you are feeling our restrictions got here quickly sufficient, went far sufficient? What work do you are feeling must be carried out to proceed responding to the pandemic?

I imagine our management failed us. Restrictions had been enacted in a well timed method; however they weren’t enforced. As with different legal guidelines in our books, what good is the regulation when not enforced? The Metropolis needed to play good and deal with “educating” nevertheless it got here at a value of well being and lives. There ought to have been ZERO tolerance for a lot of of those companies and personal houses violating the foundations. Contract tracing and testing must proceed and enforcement of the foundations is paramount.

13. Ought to El Paso pursue a nationwide memorial and museum honoring the victims and marking the teachings realized within the Aug. Three Walmart mass capturing?

The County has carried out a wonderful job in honoring the victims and getting ready or constructing the memorial. I don’t really feel our Metropolis can be effectively served by having a number of websites.  The Walmart memorial is ok for the enterprise location however didn’t totally honor the victims and isn’t conducive for web site visits by household and buddies of the victims. The Metropolis and Ciudad Juárez ought to work with the County to make that memorial THE memorial to honor our group.

14. With extra calls to enhance policing in America, ought to El Paso make reforms with its police division? If that’s the case, what sorts of reforms do you help?  

I totally help our El Paso Police and wouldn’t vote to defund or reallocate funds.  Reforms in any group is a optimistic factor and must be evaluated by each these throughout the management, and a civilian group that’s really capable of give unbiased suggestions on the place these reforms ought to be. 

I personally want to see strengthening of our background checks for our recruits and rather more coaching in areas of psychological well being, homelessness and home violence on the academies and as persevering with schooling for our cops.  

15. El Paso skilled one among its hottest summers on report in 2020. What, if any steps, ought to the area soak up combatting local weather change?

We have to put money into different vitality. We should always incentivize extra houses and even companies to go photo voltaic. We also needs to put money into wind energy. However these treatments should go hand in hand with joint insurance policies on the County, and work with our sister metropolis Juárez and Las Cruces on a regional plan.    

16. If the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Leisure Middle got here earlier than Metropolis Council for a vote in 2021, would you help persevering with this challenge? Why, or why not?

The vote to proceed with the sector was directed by the voters. If the MPC had been to come back out of litigation, what would the vote be for? A court docket resolution can be to permit for the continued plan of the sector or to halt any additional demolition of the buildings. Not figuring out what we’re legally dedicated to by this and former metropolis councils, I can solely say I’d observe authorized recommendation.  

17. Do you help tax breaks/incentives for firms trying to put money into El Paso.

Sure, I’m a supporter of the 380 Financial Improvement Agreements however I’d actually push for residing wages and advantages. If the corporate is getting our tax {dollars}, then I’d count on they supply our workforce with larger paying wages and advantages. It is time to cease promoting ourselves quick. We’re greater than only a bilingual workforce.

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