I was not expecting to have ever gotten involved in politics, but when I discovered that my opponent had voted in favor of House Bill 51, the decriminalization of abortion, I felt a moral and religious obligation to defend the defenseless. My district is mostly traditional Catholics, and this does not represent their stance on abortion.
In addition to this, I have lived here in San Miguel/La Mesa area for 25 years and the roads have always been an issue for us. In Vado some of the roads are so bad that during heavy rains they are inaccessible by private vehicles. Even the school busses cannot pass through the flooded streets to pick up children for school.
There are constant issues with water and Northern New Mexico’s refusal to share water with the Southern side of the state. This is very concerning because SoNM agriculture makes up one-third of all of the state’s economy. Northern New Mexican farmers are not regulated on water usage off of the Rio Grande like our SoNM farmers are. Our farmers down here have been running out of water from the river so they are pumping water from the underground aquifer. The aquifer has dropped significantly and it is very costly to drill deeper wells. Most of us that are not commercial farmers have had to let our wells go dry because we cannot afford to have the wells drilled deeper. Myself included. Yearly we have to pay for our rights to use water from the river, but often there is not enough water to significantly irrigate our fields. Due to prolonged drought conditions, SoNM’s commitments to deliver water to Texas and Mexico, the non-commercial farmer generally only gets one or two irrigations off of the river a year. Yet, we still have to pay full price to maintain our water rights. The short of it is, we are running out of water at a rate that is going to have a tremendous economic impact on all of New Mexico, but especially those of us in the South valley farming communities. Already SoNM farmers are feeling the pinch.
This issue is so serious, that it will soon be effecting all of Las Cruces, and no one is prepared for this. However, this could be solved if Northern New Mexico were put on water regulations like we are in Southern New Mexico. Apparently Santa Fe has no problem endorsing wealth distribution, but when it comes to water distribution, it's a different story. Remember, ...no water, no green chile.
In addition to these issues, I am very disheartened at how many fledgling small businesses down here are regulated to death by Santa Fe. There was a gentleman from the area, who started a farm down here. He was growing quickly and the local community was in full support of him as well. This included local restaurants and food trucks who had the opportunity to buy fresh product from him. Tragically after the gentleman had put in over a million dollars into his business, Santa Fe came after him with petty and over bearing requirements until eventually they regulated his business to death. This is common down here unfortunately. New Mexico is known for being one of the most unfriendly states to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Small business owners are the back bone of American and without a doubt the heartbeat of New Mexico. If we continue down this path, we will be nothing more than government subsidized farms. Many of our local struggling dairies are a prime example of the damaging effects of having the government intervene on doing what was once done by generational family owned and operated farms.
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