I am a “born and raised” northern New Mexican. My family is from Alcalde, a small farming community north of Española. That is where I spent my childhood and that is where I currently reside.
My work ethic was instilled at a young age. I grew up helping my father with his contracting business, raising cattle, cleaning the acequia every Spring and growing crops of hay and alfalfa. I also grew up as an outdoorsman and to this day enjoy hunting and fishing in the vast wilderness found within Congressional District 3.
I was blessed to be brought up in a musical family. I play several instruments but play the saxophone in my family band.
I am blessed to have my roots in Alcalde, a community with a rich New Mexico history. Alcalde, the Spanish word for “Mayor”, is situated next to Ohkay Owingeh (formerly known as San Juan Pueblo and the first capital in the US which was established in 1598). Ohkay Owingeh is the ending point for the 1,500-mile historic Camino Real, the ancient trade route which extended from Mexico City, and which played a key role in cross cultural trade and commerce.
The valley from which I originate is also rich in tradition and culture. For centuries, on December 27th, Los Matachines de Alcalde perform the traditional “Dance of the Matachines” at the church in Alcalde. The Dance of the Matachines is one of the few traditional dances observed both by Pueblo and Hispano-Mexicano people in New Mexico. The Dance of the Matachines is performed on Christmas Day in Ohkay Owingeh by members of the Pueblo.
As your Congressman, I will bring with me the strong work ethic instilled in me as a child, a love for the rural and outdoor lifestyle and a deep appreciation for the ancient and multi-culture history of New Mexico.