Letter To The Editor: Garcia Richard Serves Us Well

Jemez Springs Area
Stephanie Garcia Richard places the needs of her constituents above party politics, and works to pass bipartisan laws that benefit everyone in the district. I am proud to support her for another term as District 43’s representative to the New Mexico State Legislature.
Among her accomplishments, just in the last two years, she has:
  • Sponsored the legislation that revived the Technology Research Collaborative to bring our State Universities and national research labs together to create opportunities to grow our high tech economy;
  • Traveled to Washington to fight for stable funding for LANL;
  • Established the Energy Storage Taskforce made up of energy research leaders including LANL to study how best to incentivize storage of alternative energy;
  • Served on the Appropriations Committee, where she won education funding to reduce class sizes;
  • Sponsored legislation to revamp State procurement processes, so that locally owned and in-state businesses can be competitive in bidding for state contracts; and
  • Led efforts to strengthen DWI laws in New Mexico, and was named Mothers Against Drunk Driving “Legislative Champion of the Year;” and much more.
She is an experienced teacher, she plans to keep working for the best possible education for our children, and for the needs of small businesses and working families. We need her at the Roundhouse to make sure that the needs of Los Alamos and the Valley are heard.
I have found her to be very responsive to my concerns, whether visiting her office or sitting in a living room during a neighborhood discussion. She is very friendly and accessible. I believe she has served us well and deserves another term.
As for her opponent, Sharon Stover? I have not forgotten the day in 2013 when “Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover refused Tuesday to comply with a judge’s order to issue a marriage license to a lesbian couple….” Defying a judge’s order that required marriage equality is not my idea of a public servant we should have in the Roundhouse.

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