State Senate District 5 candidate Leo Jaramillo. Courtesy photo
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich has endorsed New Mexico Senate District 5 candidate Leo Jaramillo in the upcoming Democratic primary election.
Jaramillo is running against longtime Sen. Richard C. Martinez. District 5 includes parts of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties
Heinrich called Jaramillo “a long-time community leader, always willing to roll up his sleeves to do what’s right for the people he serves”.
“He’s energized and has a real understanding of the issues his neighbors face. His commitment to be part of the solution and fight for northern New Mexicans is what we need in our state legislature, especially as we work to overcome the public health and economic challenges this year has brought,” Heinrich said in a news release Thursday.
“It’s crucial to have strong state and local leaders representing our communities throughout New Mexico as we work through this pandemic and its social and economic impacts,” said Heinrich. “I believe together we can rebuild our economy and social safety nets with more equity, access and strength. In the midst of these uncertain times, I am grateful to have these community leaders stepping up, ready to help in this work and serve their communities.”
Jaramillo told the Los Alamos Reporter Saturday that he is honored to have Heinrich’s endorsement.
Jaramillo has also been endorsed by the Santa Fe New Mexican which stated, “Jaramillo’s energy, optimism and work ethic will benefit the people of his district — resulting in policies that expand housing opportunities, improve educational outcomes, support economic recovery and preserve agricultural and cultural traditions. Jaramillo shows promise, grit and ability.”