Diana Bustamante has announced her candidacy for the position of Doña Ana County Probate Judge. Bustamante, who currently serves as Executive Director of the not-for-profit Colonias Development Council (CDC), pledges to bring her strong background in community-based teaching to the job of Probate Judge.
“Our Court needs a commitment to quality probate services that cuts across all demographic and linguistic groups. The ability to educate and a commitment to community outreach is the key to effectively provide services in the position of Probate Judge” Bustamante said in her announcement. “For too many New Mexicans the process of probate is an unnecessarily difficult and intimidating process. The Probate Court is charged with transferring property in accordance with a decedent’s Will and the laws of the State of New Mexico. The Probate Court must also work in partnership with the neighborhood groups, residents and individuals in our county to teach end of life estate planning. As Probate Judge I will build on the work of Judge Alice Salcido and her staff have done in outreach in bridging the knowledge gap between those residents and communities and the workings of the Court.”
“As Probate Judge I will bring a strong background in education and a proven commitment to empowering individuals and local communities to the Court” Bustamante said.
Bustamante has served as Executive Director of the Doña Ana County Colonias Development Council (CDC) since 1997. Founded with the mission to improve the quality of life for colonia communities in southern New Mexico, under Bustamante’s leadership, the CDC has been a leader in policy advocacy to develop education and training in some of New Mexico’s poorest municipal areas. Bustamante has been a strong and effective policy advocate to improve colonia infrastructure, led efforts for economic development and jobs, as well as worked for quality education, equal services, immigrant rights, and safe drinking water. As Executive Director she has administered budgets, led fundraising efforts and supervised an effective staff for nearly two decades.
Prior to serving at the CDC, Dr. Bustamante was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at New Mexico State University. Bustamante is also a licensed insurance agent in New Mexico.
Diana Bustamante holds a Ph.D from the University of California-Riverside and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona-Tempe. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.