I am seeking a 14th term as State Representative, Taos County, District #42, for 2020. I am currently vice-chairman of the New Mexico House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and a member of …
I am seeking a 14th term as State Representative, Taos County, District #42, for 2020. I am currently vice-chairman of the New Mexico House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and a member of the Transportation Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee. I am a member of the Interim Legislative Finance Committee, the Investment Pension Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Legislative Council, Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy and the Mortgage Finance Authority.
I have been able to represent the needs of Taos County at the state Legislature for 13 terms. My experience and seniority in the House of Representatives have enabled me to be a leader in addressing important issues for the residents of Taos County.
My knowledge and 30 years experience in the field of education have enabled me to represent Taos County on key legislative education committees. I have been able to assist Taos County schools and University of New Mexico-Taos with various capital outlay projects. I worked on the passage of the Taos County Education Gross Receipt Tax Election, which will bring approximately $22 million to the Taos, Peñasco, Questa and Charter school districts and UNM-Taos. I sponsored legislation to acquire branch status for UNM-Taos and co-sponsored legislation for a Constitutional Amendment election for 70 million new dollars state-wide for education.
I co-sponsored legislation to acquire Eagle Nest Lake as a state park, legislation for a state-of-the-art ladder fire truck for the Taos Fire Department and swimming pool for the Town of Taos Youth and Family Center.
Previous bills sponsored and passed include House Bill 112 Define Agricultural Use for Property Tax; HB441 Taos Ski Valley Bond Sale; HB534 Volunteer Firefighter Retirement Credit; HB29 Transfer Regional Housing Authority Oversight; HB32 Dialysis Facility Service Gross Receipts; HB257 Acequia and Community Ditch Act Purposes; HM4 National Native American Heritage Day; house bill to protect historical zoning, and others (for a complete list of legislation and capital outlay projects go to nmlegis.gov).
My community and state awards include Hispanic State Representative of the Year from the Hispanic Roundtable; the Soaring Eagle Award from the Association of Counties for the work done to support DWI programs; LEADER Award presented by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce for efforts to reduce taxes on Health Care; recognition for support to restore Cabresto Lake; Dallan Sanders Award from N.M. Coalition of Main Street Communities for promoting the renewal of Main Street businesses; and New Mexico Municipal League Amigos de Ciudades Award.
I retired from education after serving as superintendent of the Taos Municipal Schools. I have served as president for the Western States Transportation Alliance. I am appreciative of the support of the voters of Taos County and remain committed to continue working and utilizing my expertise and experience at the legislative level to support the needs of constituents in Taos County and the state of New Mexico.
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