Many conversations, meetings, and hours of hard work over the past few months have led up to this week. I’ve presented several bills that touch on a variety of issues facing our area— ranging from promoting our local economic well-being to preserving our community’s rich history.
But the reason we’ve gotten to this point is because of your hard work and constant effort to find ways to improve the day-to-day lives of those in our community. It’s been an honor to be your microphone, and this week has proven that I will continue to stand as your voice in our community and this state.
Preserving our rich history
Monday I presented two bills to address the annexation issues surrounding San Elizario and Socorro. One bill, HB 2003, will allow San Elizario to incorporate without the city of Socorro’s consent, while the other, HB 2005, creates a voting process to which a municipality would be required to follow in order to annex an area.
While I prefer these issues to be dealt with on a local level, I presented these bills to serve as a backup. As a representative of both San Elizario and Socorro, I have a deep respect for both areas and the rich history they both share.
I’ve had many members of our community discuss with me their current dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, but I hope these bills have served as a way to promote local progress and cooperation within our community.
Promoting an economy for the future
My dairy farm bills have received a large amount of local, statewide, and even national attention. The El Paso Times has given their support alongside the local community. With all of this positive feedback, I was proud to finally have the opportunity to present to my colleagues in the Agriculture and Livestock committee these bills to restore dairy to El Paso County.
As I discussed at our Agriculture Forum earlier this month, with new policies in place and tools to reevaluate the region, I believe we have the ability to make this industry more successful than it was before. Bringing dairy back to El Paso would enable our local farmers to diversify crops, and put the agricultural talents in our community to use.
Looking ahead, we have many opportunities to move forward in improving our communities. The decisions I make are not done lightly, or the most politically sound. However, I make them for the people who sent me to Austin—you. The work will only get harder, and I’m ready.