EVANS NAMED 'REPUBLICAN COUNTY OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR'

EVANS NAMED 'REPUBLICAN COUNTY OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR'

The National Association of Counties has named District 4 Commissioner D. Kent Evans as its Republican County Official of the Year. The award will be presented to Evans at the 2005 NACo Conference in Hawaii on July 18, 2005.

Doña Ana County Republican Party Chairman Al Nuñez nominated Evans for the award.

Evans was first elected to the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners in 2000, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004. In 2002, Evans served as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, and he is serving his third term as vice-chairman, have previously served in that capacity in 1999 and in 2003. In 2003, he represented Doña Ana County on the New Mexico Association of Counties as the chairman of the Commissioners' Affiliate, and he served on the New Mexico County Insurance Authority Multi-line Pool from 2001 through 2003. He was reappointed to the multi-line pool board in 2005.

Earlier this year, Evans was a recipient of the Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal Award. Bestowed by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Reagan Award honors Republican elected officials who show unyielding support to the Republican Party, outstanding leadership in business and a commitment to Reagan’s vision for an entrepreneurial America.

Evans is one of two county commissioners from the state of New Mexico elected to the National Association of Counties Board of Directors to serve the 2002-to-2003 term. He was appointed in July 2003 by the NACo national president to serve as vice chair of the National Workforce and Labor Committee for a one-year term, and he will chair that committee in 2005.

During his term as commissioner, Evans has served as a board member of the Extra-Territorial Authority, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority, Rio Grande Council of Governments, Maternal Child Health Care, Bishop's Colonias Taskforce, Metro Narcotics Agency and the South Central Council of Governments.

Evans has been married for 44 years to Anna Mae Evans, and they have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. During both his 2000 and 2004 campaigns, President Bush visited southern New Mexico, and the Evans were privileged to meet him.

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