Herrera seeks District 41 seat


State Rep. Debbie Rodella has competition for the Democratic nomination for a seat representing Española and a swath of Northern New Mexico where she has been a political force for decades. Taos precincts include the communities of Tres Piedras, Arroyo Hondo, Ojo Caliente and Pilar.

Susan Herrera, the former CEO of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and former director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, announced Wednesday she is running for the seat in House District 41.

“I think we need a more progressive Democratic Party at the state Legislature,” Herrera said Wednesday. “... We need to bring the issues of working people to the Legislature.”

Herrera, a resident of Embudo, helped start The University of New Mexico’s Taos campus. She also worked for UNM at what was then Northern New Mexico Community College to develop a baccalaureate student nursing program.

Herrera sits on the board of the advocacy group, New Mexico Voices for Children, and the board of the Family Learning Center in Española.

Contending that relying on oil and gas to prop up the state budget is unsustainable, Herrera says legislators can create a strong revenue stream for education, health and economic development by revamping the income tax, permanent fund and gross receipts tax.