By Sylvia Gonzalez
BIG SPRING - We're a little more than a month away from the May elections, Mayor Tommy Duncan knows who he will vote for. NewsWest 9 talked with him exclusively regarding his endorsement for Mayor and for District 5 for City Council.
"That candidate is Roger Rodman, based on his commitment to maintain taxes low, to work on the infrastructure, and always giving the community a voice in significant issues. I am endorsing him," Current Big Spring Mayor, Tommy Duncan, said.
Roger Rodman is a Big Spring native who retired from the Navy after serving for over 20 years. He is currently a medical technologist at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Rodman says he is pleased to be endorsed by Mayor Duncan, and if elected, he has three important issues he would work on right away.
"This is what I would like to do for Big Spring, is to attract these businesses, to keep taxes low, the third tentative on my platform is, I want every citizen in Big Spring to vote on major issues," Rodman said.
Besides endorsing Rodman for mayor, Duncan also has his mind made who he will be endorsing for city council.
"There's one candidate who is committed to allowing the community a voice, who's committed to holding property taxes low and that's J. D. Smith," Duncan said.
31-year-old J. D. Smith is also a Big Spring native. He is a businessman in the oilfield industry, and he says he is pleased and surprised Mayor Duncan endorsed him. Smith says if elected he knows some of the issues that will arise. They include the expansion of the landfill and a possible nuclear facility, but he also knows there is something big just over the horizon.
"I think the most important thing is everybody realizes we may come into a big boom with this cline shale and most people seem very aware of that. I kind of want to keep everything calm and collect and let's remember the bust. Because if we overextend ourselves, we might get ourselves in a train wreck," Smith said.