Deep Roots and Humble Beginnings
I’m a native New Mexican, land grant heir, and acequia water rights owner. I’m the great-grandson of a constitutional delegate, Jose Amado Lucero. I’m the product of our public school system. My strong work ethic was forged at an early age growing up on a small farm and helping to run a small, family business in Santa Cruz. The importance of a good education was also instilled in me as far back as I can remember. I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering.
When I witnessed an unethical city government that was not representative of the public’s interest, I stepped up, ran for office, and won a seat on the Espanola city council. At that time, there was only one woman on the governing body. As a reform-minded progressive, it soon became clear, after my first term, that I needed more help to bring about transformative change. So, I recruited progressive newcomers to run with me on a gender-balanced slate. On election day, we swept all city council positions on the ballot. The government transformation had begun, but not yet finished, as the governing body was deadlocked and mayoral administration still entrenched. The kind of change that the community yearned for was nearly complete. As a candidate for mayor in the next election, I, again, recruited progressive newcomers to run on a gender-balanced slate. On election day, we swept all five governing body positions on the ballot! I also appointed my replacement to fill my remaining city council term – a female senior citizen who, after being seated, established the first female-majority on the governing body.
My Record of Public Service and Leadership
I firmly believe that leadership is vital to the success of the PRC. Some leadership positions that I’ve served in include:
- President, New Mexico Municipal League;
- Chair, New Mexico Voices for Children Board of Directors;
- Vice-Chair, Conservation Voters of New Mexico Board of Directors; and
- Member, National League of Cities Board of Directors.
I’m proud to have served our country as a Federal civil servant for over 30 years and also served as a local elected official for 14 years that included being a Santa Fe City Councilor and Mayor of Espanola. I specialized in transportation and water resources – two prominent areas under the PRC’s purview. I’m a registered professional engineer in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas; and a business development manager with an engineering consulting firm.
Why I’m Running
I am running to put my qualifications, experience, and leadership to work to address the PRC’s complex regulatory issues and reform the PRC. I want to continue effectively solving problems in a political environment with determination, objectivity, and teamwork. Working families deserve a Public Regulation Commission that will balance the interests of ratepayers and investors; ensure that telecommunication services are responsive and reflect market advancements; and that fire, motor carrier, and pipeline systems have safety as paramount. I’m pursuing qualification for public financing to avoid the influence of special interests and make the interests of everyday New Mexicans my priority. My record of public service includes election, ethics, and government reform; environmental sustainability, transparency and transforming infrastructure through smart and efficient policy.