8 Questions for Carol Bowman-Muskett
McKinley County Commissioner, District One
Q. Carol, what got you interested in serving as a County Commissioner?
A. I worked for the County for 28 years and I was hitting retirement. There are a lot of areas in District One where I live that still needed attention. I felt like that area was kind of neglected. I figured I could do something about it and I have. I’ve hit all areas of my district.
Q. What do you enjoy most about the job?
A. The people. I love talking to the people, going out and meeting them. In the commission meetings they bring us their stories.
Q. What is the biggest challenge of the job?
A. The bureaucracy. I think that has been the biggest challenge. We have the Zuni Tribe on one side, the Navajo Nation, the BIA, NDOT – just trying to get them all to collaborate and work together.
Q. Currently, what is your number one priority as County Commissioner?
A. My number one priority, and I’m going to hit this area hard, is restoration of the hold harmless funding or enactment of the food tax. The other one in the Gallup area is the indigent sole community provider tax. Those are the two biggies that we are working on now.
Q. What do you enjoy most about living in this area?
A. There again, the Navajo people. I have gone to other places, I have gone to school in other places, but I have always come back here. I just love the Navajo people and being a part of it.
Q. What do you enjoy doing most in your off time?
A. I have two grandbabies that I help my daughter with. She and her husband have very busy lives. Really, I just stay busy with them. I have also started exercising.
Q. What is your favorite type of music?
A. My niece, she is on a scholarship and she sings opera, and I love opera music. My son is going to be surprised to hear that, but I do like opera music.
Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why?
A. That is kind of hard because, you know there are a lot of people. But I can say, I think locally, the one person that I would trade places with is my father, Richard Bowman. He has a lot of good ideas and he feels that there are a lot of things that he can do but he’s getting up in age and he just can’t do them anymore so he’s been helping me, pushing them on me and I have been working with him on some projects.