Democrat Doreen Gallegos has announced her candidacy for State Representative, District 52, covering from south Las Cruces to Anthony.
Ms. Gallegos is the Executive Director of Mesilla Valley CASA, a program that provides advocacy for children in foster care in Doña Ana County. She points to her experience with children and families as key to her decision to seek the legislative seat.
“For eighteen years I’ve worked with families throughout this county and surrounding areas,” Gallegos said. “It doesn’t matter whether they are Republican or Democrat: they deserve the highest representation, access to affordable health care, and a quality education for their children. That is what I’ll work for in Santa Fe.”
Gallegos wants to create greater opportunity for the people of Southern New Mexico.
“The people of our area work hard, and they want good lives for their children. We need to put aside the partisan politics and work together to create economic opportunity, and to provide the services families need to succeed.”
Gallegos pointed to the strong example set by her own parents, who stressed education and service to the community.
“When we talk about family values,” she said, “for my family that meant fairness, respect for others, and an obligation to make our community better. I want to bring those same values to my service as state representative.”
Gallegos received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from New Mexico State University. She lives in Las Cruces with her husband, Adolfo, who works for the State of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Division, and son, Nicolas, a second grader at Tombaugh Elementary.