Senate District 17 is a special place. It is home to some of the strongest and most-diverse communities in Albuquerque and the state.

From the residents of the East Gateway area of Albuquerque (Central and Tramway) to the families in the International District, my constituents are exceptional people. It is my privilege to represent and work for them in the New Mexico State Senate.

I’ve lived in District 17 for 30 years. It’s where I raised my two children while working as a teacher in Albuquerque Public Schools.

My district has much in common with New Mexico communities around the state. Like so many New Mexicans, District 17 residents are working harder than ever before to provide for their families and create a better life for their children.

They want a strong, safe community where their families can thrive.

What stands in their way? New Mexico’s lack of good jobs and our struggling school system. 

Fortunately, in New Mexico we are hopeful and determined, resilient and responsible. We never quit.

How can we restore confidence that the next generation will be better off than their parents have been, that New Mexico can once again be a land of opportunity? 

Good schools and higher education have always been the ladder to success for New Mexicans. As a retired classroom teacher, I have always made student success and teaching excellence my top priorities. 

We need to make smart investments in education – and this means, among other things, increasing resources to our children’s classrooms and teachers.

If we do this, we can begin to get our state on the right track and help New Mexico’s families.