NAME: DOLORES “LOLO” URIAS
POSITION SOUGHT: COMMISSIONER, PCT. 2
BY ROBERT MORALES
Dolores “Loloâ€ Urias is running for county commissioner, Precinct 2. He was appointed in 2013 by County Judge Carlos Urias to fill the unexpired term of Roland Gomez. He is the incumbent. For the record, both Uriasâ€™ share the last name, but they are not related.
Mr. Urias is a life-long resident of Van Horn. For the past 23 years, he has served as a rehab counselor at MHMR, or as it is now called, Permian Basin Community Center.
“I was humbled that Judge Urias appointed me to serve the persons in Precinct 2,â€ said Mr. Urias. “I had long contemplated running for commissioner, but that wasnâ€™t going to happen until I retired. I believe in public service, and for me, this is the perfect opportunity to reach out to the constituents in my precinct and to the citizens of Culberson County.â€
Mr. Urias wants to concentrate his efforts on three primary areas: affordable housing, airport improvements and maintenance of the City-County Park and county buildings.
“I want to continue working with Judge Urias and the other commissioners on making sure we can help provide needy residents in our county with a decent place to live,â€ he said. “The countyâ€™s HOME program is one way of helping low-income persons who own their property have a chance of getting a new modest home. Of course, there are many more applications than there are available slots for new houses, but I will continue to work my best at helping everyone who qualifies.â€
Mr. Urias said he wants to put the airport as one of the countyâ€™s priorities in 2014. “The airport is not adequately serving our needs right now because we have more traffic. Iâ€™m glad our airport is busier, but we need to address lighting and a good radar system. I am in favor of extending the current runway to allow larger plans to land here. I think we
owe it to our business customers.â€
Mr. Urias is a big believer in consensus-building with the other commissioners. “Iâ€™m one of four commissioners,â€ he said. “As one commissioner, I know I have a voice, but I want to hear what the other commissioners have to say because they may have better ideas on my recommendations. If we work together, things will get done.â€
The countyâ€™s infrastructure remains high on Mr. Uriasâ€™ list of priorities. “I will continue to visit all the outlying areas in my precinct to check on how county roads are being maintained,â€ he said. “It is true that some county roads need more attention than others, and we have to inform the people living in those areas which roads are designated as county roads