Aztec city commission has all female members

Posted at: 03/25/2014 9:17 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After election season, something was very different and unique about the new Aztec city commission.

“I know it has never happened in Aztec, then it went to I wondered if it happened in the Four Corners area. No. Well has it happened in New Mexico? No,” said newly elected commissioner Katee McClure.

For the first time in the state’s history-- a city's commission has all female members.

“Well most of the  women in the city are like 'go!', laughed Mayor Pro-Tem, Sherri Sipe.

In fact, this isn't just history in New Mexico,  this is only the seventh time in the nation that a governing body is made of all women.

While most people are positive about it-- some would like to see a man in the mix.

McClure said she was talking to a former Aztec commissioner, “He said you know what the problem with your new commission is? It had  been a week old... He said, you don't have any men.  That made me smile, turn on my heels and ignore him.”

“Those kind of things, you have to just take a deep breath and ok, let it go,” said Mayor Sally Burbridge.

The bottom line is that these women respect each other, love their city and want to be good role models for the next generation of women leaders.

“There are no limits, there are no limitations if you want to do something, you can do it,’ said McClure.

Sipe echoed, McClure’s comments, “Go for it!”