8 Questions with Bryan Wall, City Councilor
By Fowler Roberts
Q. What got you interested in running for City Council?
A. I’ve always been involved in politics. I was in the state legislature, when I was here; and when I was growing up, I knew quite a few different politicians in town and was always consulting with them. My father was a county commissioner, here in Gallup, and a county treasurer.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
A. I enjoy seeing projects that I have been working on coming to fruition. I think we must move in a positive manner and that we must have vision and I think one of the biggest things that we should be working on is the Gallup-Navajo Water Project.
Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job?
A. The biggest challenge is to have patience in the longevity to see things through. I set a lot of different things into place through the years and some of them have become real. But I think what we need to do the most is make the city grow so that we will have enough funds to put into our infrastructure.
Q. What is your top priority as a City Councilor?
A. The top priority is to see if we can do more to make the city grow. The more we grow, and the more grants, or so forth, we could get, the better the city can become.
Q. What do you enjoy most about living in Gallup?
A. I have a lot of relatives and friends here. I was away from Gallup for 20 years in Arizona but I would always come back. I have always noticed that there are more activities going on amongst the people that we know than there was in Arizona. In Arizona, we had more special events like major pro football games and major operas, and things of that nature, but in Gallup we have more social events.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
A. I love gardening, as long as the sun is out, and I also love traveling. I just love that.
Q. What is your favorite movie?
A. I saw a movie the other night – it was the second or third time I had seen it – and I really enjoyed it. It was called A Walk in the Clouds. A soldier got out of WWII. He came out of the service and met this girl and they had a winery. When I was growing up, our folks made wine, too. I came from a large family. We used to get five bed trucks of grapes and, as kids, we were squashing the grapes. The music was playing real loud and all of the families had such a great time. Those are memories I will never forget.
Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why?
A. Well I always said this: Albert Einstein. His brain was just so far out there, which is something I’ll never know. It’s just beyond belief – everything that he has done – and people still today are finding out that the things he said back then are still true today and he did it through mathematics.