Mark Walterscheid unopposed in Ward 4 Carlsbad City Council race

Ward 4 Carlsbad City Councilor Mark Walterscheid questioned City of Carlsbad Director of Utilities Ron Myers on Jan. 12, 2020 if a proposed sewer line for south Carlsbad would extend past Derrick Road.

Running unopposed in the Nov. 2 Carlsbad City Council elections, Ward 4 Councilor Mark Walterscheid said traffic on the community’s south side was a vital focus for his next term.

Two crucial U.S. highways: 285 and 62/180, were based in Walterscheid’ s district which he was elected to represent in 2018.

“The biggest issue in my ward is traffic going through the city,” he said. “The south side of town needs to streamline traffic and traffic lights. I am an advocate of rerouting traffic via loop roads presently under construction.”

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Work continued on the city’s southeast loop road, which connects both major U.S. highways. The west bypass connects West Lea Street with Corrales Road.

The City of Carlsbad partnered with Eddy County on both projects.

Born and raised in Carlsbad, Walterscheid graduated from Carlsbad High School, attended a trade school in Denver and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

From left:City of Carlsbad Administrator John Lowe, Ward 1 City Councilor Lisa Anaya Flores and Ward 4 City Councilor Mark Walterscheid listen to a presentation during the March 10, 2020 Carlsbad City Council meeting.

He ran a family farm in Carlsbad and then started the Garden Mart nearly 40 years ago.

Walterscheid said being a businessperson and Carlsbad native provides experience for the City Council.

“Being born and raised in Carlsbad it is important for me to make it a great place to live,” he said.

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Growth in Carlsbad and Eddy County is a major issue for government leaders as the City and County grew from 2010 to 2020, read U.S. Census data.