Janice Elliott running for commission seat

CNJ staff

Janice “Jan” Elliott of Clovis has announced she intends to run for the District 1 seat on the Clovis City Commission.

Elliott, 49, is the executive director of Eastern New Mexico Emergency Medical Services Corp., which gives technical assistance with public safety agencies in 12 New Mexico counties.

She said her reasons for running include a desire to protect property rights, improve city streets and make sure first responder agencies have resources they need.

“New energy and enthusiasm is needed at city hall to address growth issues that maximize the city’s potential without jeopardizing the reason why many of us call Clovis home,” Elliott said in a statement. “I am running … because I believe in the citizens and the potential they represent. The city has made tremendous strides, but in order to unleash the power of our citizens, they should be represented by a commission that listens to their concerns and ideas, and initiates actions accordingly.”

The seat is currently held by building contractor Randy Crowder, who is seeking his third four-year term. Crowder and Elliott are the only candidates who have announced an intention to run for the seat.

The filing date is Tuesday.

The March 6 election includes the mayor’s race, four commission races, and a ballot question to change the city charter to bar dual service on the Clovis City and Curry County commissions.