Op Ed: It's Time To Serve The Needs Of All, Not Just Some

by Staff Reporter / Jun 01, 2016 / comments
Commissioner Barney Trujillo at the Secretary of State's office earlier this year as he filed to run in the House District 40 race. Valley Daily Post photo

Op Ed: It's Time To Serve The Needs Of All, Not Just Some

By: Commissioner Barney Trujillo, Democratic candidate for House District 40

As a Rio Arriba County Commissioner, you are in an unique position to observe and engage with City government and the New Mexico legislature.  For six years, I have been a part of painstaking decisions when funding was limited to the poor decisions of others.  Despite footing the bill for services Española and the surrounding pueblos utilize, I am proud that we were able to maintain a balanced budget and have 100% of projects cleared by audits while improving the lives of all Rio Arriba Residents.

The success of the work we have accomplished can be seen in our state-of-the-art parks and community centers and revitalized fire stations throughout the County.  Our efforts have helped create one of the leading health and human services in New Mexico and every day we are finding new ways to serve our seniors and family members with mental health needs.

While the work done at the County level is essential, is it drastically hindered when we lack supportive representation in Santa Fe.  We deserve a champion that will secure capital improvement funding, invest in a new Española High School, and will defend the water rights of all and not just a select few. 

I am running for State Representative of House District 40 because the time is now to invest in job-training programs, broadband Internet, and education for our children. This election is about ensuring that every community throughout Rio Arriba, Mora, San Miguel, & Colfax have someone that will fight for their values and guarantee that the life blood of our communities, our acequias, continue to flow. 

This election, let’s make sure we continue to strengthen our communities and invest in the lives of our children. I humbly ask for your support and vote this June 7th for Democratic Representative of House District 40.

Trujillo is originally from Chimayo, NM and became Commissioner of Rio Arriba’s District 1 in 2010. Trujillo is a small business owner, with more than 16 years of experience in state government with projects involving oil and gas, commercial development, renewable energy, and agriculture. Other professional experience include: Chairman of Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, budget management for the State Land Office and securing funding for special needs projects with the Legislature and Congress.  He has served on the Legislative Council Service (1998-1999) and worked in the State Land Office (2000-2010).