District Five starts near Highway 62-180 at the Eddy County line and continues to the east until Dal Paso. From there is continues south until it eventually extends to the Texas state-line and continues to the southern county-line where it borders the Texas state-line. The district is populated by small oil towns, and is predominately oilfield service, ranching and agriculture.
Commissioner Sims first came to public service with Lea County by way of the Lea County Housing Board. He was later appointed to the Fair Board and then elected county commissioner.
He has also served in many capacities at Eunice Methodist Church, including lay leader, council chair and as a member of the finance board.
Commissioner Sims is especially proud of being able to play a part in improving entertainment at the Lea County fair during his time on the Fair board. Although he states that the acronyms used in county government sometimes present a challenge, he finds the most fulfilling part of being a commissioner is being able to directly assist citizens with any questions and requests for information in a one-on-one manner.
During his time his tenure, Commissioner Sims intends to practice responsible spending without compromising the maintenance and improvement of county roads and supporting law enforcement and fire entities. Ensuring that water systems are made more dependable and doing everything he can to keep New Mexico as the #2 oil producer in the nation are just two of his goals.
Pat was born and raised in Eunice. After spending six years living in Lubbock, he returned to Eunice and has lived there since. He graduated with honors from South Plains College, earning an associate’s degree in petroleum technology.
His first job was at a hardware store in Eunice. He worked on his family’s ranch for several years until eventually taking on leadership of the ranch. He is also a small oil operator and invests in real estate rental.
Pat’s family includes two sons, girlfriend Tonya, three corgis and a cat. In his down time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, off-road racing and racing trophy trucks in Baja Mexico.
Commissioner Sims shared that he spends quite a bit of time being a politician, more than he realized would be involved when he was first elected. Learning the ins and outs and daily workings of government has inspired him to encourage constituents to register to vote and then follow up at the polls. He believes that the strength of the county rests upon its citizens exercising their voices, regardless of who they cast their ballot for.