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Opinion: Chavez announces candidacy for Taos County District 3 seat

By Andrew D. Chavez
Posted 2/13/20

I am Andrew D. Chavez, a Democrat from Llano Quemado. I am announcing that I seek the commission seat for Taos County District 3, currently held by Commissioner Gabe Romero. The …

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Opinion: Chavez announces candidacy for Taos County District 3 seat

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I am Andrew D. Chavez, a Democrat from Llano Quemado. I am announcing that I seek the commission seat for Taos County District 3, currently held by Commissioner Gabe Romero. The election for this position will be held in June 2020.

I am retired and have many years of experience. I have been a mathematics teacher, a human resource director, a finance manager, an administrative services director and a county commissioner. I have been a union member and a union president as well as a member of management.

I have served as a volunteer and continue to serve in several community organization boards. Through my experience I have learned that it takes people working together to accomplish the things that are most important.

During my service as Taos District 3 county commissioner (2009 -2012), we accomplished much even though these years encompassed the great recession when revenue was limited. These accomplishments included building the current county complex under budget and purchasing the land where the senior center is being built. We worked with our congressional delegation to purchase the Miranda Canyon, place it under United States Forest Service ownership and made it available for public use.

We kept bad incidents at the county jail to a minimum and under control. We constructed the paved road connecting U.S. Highway 64 to the Taos Junction Road. We kept the county road system well maintained, producing minimal complaints from the public. We successfully redistricted the county using the 2010 census data, keeping relevant communities like Ranchos, Talpa and Llano Quemado in the same voting district.

During my tenure as a volunteer in various community boards, we have brought a community center to Llano Quemado as well as the El Valle de Los Ranchos Water and Sanitation District Office. We have prepared our community water system to adequately serve our community of Llano Quemado for the next 40 years. We have extended the community water lines to serve east and west Llano Quemado. We have brought sewer service to much of Talpa, Ranchos and some of Llano Quemado helping to keep our aquifers clean.

As your next District 3 county commissioner, I want to work with you to address the many issues facing us in Taos County. Among these issues are: reinstating the agricultural exemption that so many in our community lost during 2010 to 2014; maintaining the health of our acequias; associated water rights and the traditional use of our lands; addressing the management of our county-owned Holy Cross Medical Center and regaining its hospital status; securing a fire substation and community center for the Ranchos de Taos area; beefing up the maintenance of our county roads; finishing the veterans cemetery; refurbishing the old court house and keeping it for community use; continuing to address the problems at our county jail; and redistricting Taos County using the 2020 census data.

We face many issues in Taos County that need to be addressed. I humbly ask for your vote and support and ask that you elect me in June 2020 as your next Taos County District 3 commissioner. I look forward to working for you incorporating your input to address the many needs of the people of our county.

Andrew D. Chavez is a resident of Llano Quemado.

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