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Jack Eakman hopes to be the next City Councillor for District 4.
Less than a week after Nathan Small said he would not seek a third term for the seat, Eakman sent out a release Monday, Aug. 24 to announce his candidacy.
“Everywhere I look, I see opportunity and I want to be a part of realizing our great potential as a city,” Eakman said in a statement.
Eakman reports he spent 31 years in health care management, 18 of those as senior administrative officer for a large hospital system in North Dakota. He is currently a consultant for business, government and nonprofits, specializing in strategic planning and organizational support.
Eakman has been active in community service in the Las Cruces area, most recently as an organizer of the Behavioral Health Care Summit, designed to develop coordinated behavioral health services for city and county residents.
He said he is an advocate for well-managed growth for the city, including through the development of vacant and under-utilized land within the city limits and a strong commitment to existing neighborhoods. He is a supporter of workforce development and the many economic development projects currently under way in District 4.
Eakman lives with his wife Delilah in the Tierra Verde area. They have three sons.