This letter to the editor comes from U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.:
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for welcoming me to your community this past weekend. Speaking with New Mexicans from Portales, Clovis, Melrose, San Jon and Tucumcari, I was honored that you welcomed me into your communities and you opened up about the challenges you are facing.
As I traveled the east side of the Third Congressional District, I appreciated the fact that no matter how big our district is, we share common values and concerns. Small business owners, cattlemen, farmers, students, retirees, veterans, mothers and fathers are frustrated but resilient and dedicated to our future for our families and our culture.
I was proud to see the progress taking place across the region. From the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College, to the infrastructure investments in the Hull Street Bridge in Clovis and the small businesses that are more than surviving but finding new ways to invest in Tucumcari. It’s clear to me that New Mexicans are making this economy grow and I will do everything I can to support their work.
For all of those that I spoke and met with, thank you for sharing your ideas and concerns. I hope we can continue to work together to make New Mexico and our local economies strong on the east side of the Third District.