Rep. Joseph Sanchez. Courtesy photo
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
State Representative for District 40, Joseph L. Sanchez of Alcalde, has announced his intention to run for the seat currently held by U. S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.
“I view the opportunity to run for the Congressional District 3 seat as an opportunity to create and further policy having a larger, more positive impact on our northern New Mexico communities. My passion, desire and innovative thinking will serve the District well,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said he is a rancher for ranchers, an engineer who advocates for advances and access to the latest technology, and a musician who supports improved education and the arts,
“I’m a Democrat and I am deeply concerned about and committed to assuring that the needs of our communities in the 3rd Congressional District are not overlooked, that the needs of the people of the District are addressed, that our rights are protected, and that our economy and well-being are improved,” he said.
Sanchez said he is a coalition builder and will build community coalitions and coalitions with other members of Congress.
“I will listen to the needs and ideas of the people of the 3rd Congressional District and I will advance and support policy through our legislative process to ensure that we achieve expected results,” he said. ” I envision a path where our families and communities are thriving, not just surviving. I envision a future where together we can bring increased results for northern New Mexico families in the areas of public health, the environment, the economy, energy sustainability, human rights and our overall quality of life.”
Sanchez, who was elected state representative in November 2018, said he is committed to effective representation and will work tirelessly to address family and community needs and not those of special interests.
Sanchez holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. He is employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory as an electrical engineer and is the former CEO of Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Sanchez is a member of the board of United Way of Northern New Mexico and a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.