sgo fotoSimon G. Ortiz, a retired local businessman and former insurance agent, has announced his plans to seek the position of Grant county commissioner District 5.

Ortiz running as a Democrat acknowledges the challenges facing our local county government, i.e., the hospital, CAP, water availability, roads, law enforcement, the county detention center, environmental/recreational challenges and property rights, Bataan Park among others.

“The game changer for this community is the hospital,” Ortiz states. “The county challenges, those that persist and the newer ones will continue to be addressed and dealt with but a hospital closure will change this community, and not in a good way,” Ortiz said.

“I am making the hospital issue the center of my campaign,” states Ortiz. “We just have too much at stake if the hospital closes,” he said. Ortiz further states: “not only is the healthcare of the community impacted, our community of doctors, our nurses and our healthcare personnel will also be impacted.”

“As an active member of this community, I have spoken with many of our fellow citizens. Most people have heard of the hospital’s financial problems and many agree but don’t know what can be done. No one is standing up and waving a red flag,” Ortiz states, further saying “the hospital is the community’s problem, and this is why I am waving a red flag and willing to take drastic actions as a commissioner. It is my problem and your problem as well.”

Ortiz states that he is willing to undertake serious discussions regarding public taxation specifically in benefit of the hospital and will advocate for such measures. “This issue does not scare most people, but they caution that there has to be strings attached so that only the hospital benefits,” Ortiz stated.

Ortiz is a Cobre High graduate and attended WNMU and UNM, graduated with a BA from Cal State University, Northridge. Attended law school for 1 ½ years and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University Graziado School of Business & Management.

His community activities include serving as a member of the hospital Board of Trustees. Ortiz was an active member of the Hispanic Roundtable, was one of the founding members of the Boy’s & Girls’ Club and served as a member of the Silver City Museum Board of Directors and also served as a member of the Grant County Community Concert Association.