Tomás Salazar is my candidate for State Representative in District 70. Tomás is a rancher from rural San Miguel County. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics and sits on several prestigious committees at both the local and national levels. Tomás retired from New Mexico Highlands University in 2003 after serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Retirement hasn’t slowed Tomás down. He keeps busy working the land that has been in the Salazar family for four generations. Tomás cleans acequias, repairs fences and manages a small herd of Black Angus cattle. When he’s not getting dirty at the ranch, Tomás provides community service by being active in several organizations including Habitat for Humanity-New Mexico, AARP-New Mexico and The New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees, just to name a few.
I used to vote for Ricky Vigil, but if you really look at his record, he really hasn’t accomplished much. Most of Ricky’s bills die in committee; he just doesn’t have the backing of other legislators to see his bills through. Ricky has missed votes on important bills, bills important to our area. That just doesn’t sit well with me and that’s not what I want from a legislator.
Tomás has some big advantages over Ricky: Tomás can grasp the issues, he can work through problems, and his collaboration with his peers on those committees is highly valued. People really respect his knowledge and insight.
I respect Tomás’s values, his dedication and his integrity.
In a nutshell, Tomás is dedicated, Tomás is smart and Tomás can get the job done. This year, Tomás Salazar has my vote for State Representative in District 70.