Billy G. Garrett, Doña Ana County Commissioner, is running for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico in the 2018 Democratic Primary. Garrett will hold a press conference to announce his campaign on Tuesday, October 24 at 5:00 pm in the Mesilla Plaza.
“I am proud to announce my candidacy in historic Mesilla, at the heart of Doña Ana County. New Mexicans are ready for a change that will lead our State into the future it deserves. The values I have followed as a Commissioner compel me to take up the challenge of this race”, Garrett said.
“I’ve never considered myself a career politician so I had no plans to run for anything at the end of my second term on the Commission. However, with encouragement from a good number of people and after discussions with my wife Cynthia, I knew that this was a step I had to take. Governor Martinez and President Trump are using the power of their positions to benefit a few at the expense of everyone else. I’m running to be your next Lieutenant Governor because New Mexico needs a team in Santa Fe with the courage, experience, and vision to see that state government addresses the needs of residents as its primary responsibility.”
Garrett has served as a County Commissioner in Doña Ana County since 2010. His district extends from the historic neighborhoods and south along Highways 28 and 478 to the northern boundary of Anthony, New Mexico. He’s led regional planning efforts, championed establishment of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and advocated to protect Medicare and preserve social security.
Garrett also promoted policies and programs that addressed road repair and border development, immigration and marriage equality, rural transportation and mental health.
The primary election will be held on June 5, 2018, and Garrett says he is not waiting any longer to get started. “Too many New Mexicans are struggling. Unemployment is too high, wages are stagnating, and now millions of New Mexicans see their health care at risk. We need to send a message to New Mexicans, and the entire country, that we are ready to make a positive change for our future.
For more information, please see Commissioner Garrett’s biography below:
Billy G. Garrett
A third generation New Mexican, Billy G. Garrett was elected in 2010 to fill the District 1 seat on the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners. District 1 extends from the historic neighborhoods and downtown area of Las Cruces west to Picacho Hills and Mesilla, and south along Highways 28 and 478 to the northern boundary of Anthony, New Mexico.
As a Commissioner, Garrett has worked to improve financial management and effectiveness in county government, advocated for rural communities and responsible development, and expanded participation of residents in decision-making. He was Chair of the Board of County Commissioners from October 2013 through January 2016.
He has also served on a number of public boards and committees, including: the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), South Central Regional Transit District (SCRTD), Caminio Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA), the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV), and the Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Authority.
Garrett grew up in Las Cruces and graduated from Las Cruces High School. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a graduate degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University.
He has provided active leadership in the “Viva Doña Ana” regional planning initiative, on social justice issues—including the 2012 & 2013 J Paul Taylor Symposium, and in protection of public lands—most especially designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
He helped organize the Coalition for Pets and People and has been an on-going advocate for the “Zero-in7” initiative focused on saving all healthy and treatable animals at the county’s only public animal shelter.
In 1983 Garrett began a 26-year career as an architect and manager with the National Park Service. Over the course of his career he worked at Grand Canyon National Park, on Civil War battlefields and in the nation’s capital. As chief of operations at Gateway National Recreation Area, he directed the work of 300 employees and was responsible for annual budgets of more than $30 million.
Garrett is the son of Edgar and Nancy Garrett, long-time educators in Las Cruces. Cynthia, his wife, also worked for the Park Service. At the time of her retirement she was the Superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.
The Garrett’s live on the west mesa outside of Mesilla with their dogs, Obi and Kiddo.
Chris Mathys has announced his intention to run for Public Regulation Commission, District 5.
Chris is a Las Cruces businessman. He has been in working for over 30 years, holding real estate broker licenses in New Mexico, California, and Colorado. Chris Mathys truly understands the need for less government. Ronald Reagan once said “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'”
As a single father and with help from his parents Heidi and Guy, Chris Mathys raised his son Roman. They taught him that in America your opportunities are only limited by your dreams and hard work. Roman is currently in graduate school working on his MBA.
Chris is a U.S. Army Veteran. He enlisted in 1984 as an Armed Forces reporter and Spanish translator working at the U.S. Southern Command in Panama.
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ― Anonymous
"As your PRC Commissioner, I will:
– Demand accountability from providers that deliver essential services to New Mexico residents, including utilities, pipelines, commercial transportation, and those industries that help ensure public safety
– Provide fairness for hard-working New Mexico residents who depend on vital industries – keeping the cost down to keep the lights on
– Ensure I am accessible to constituents so the residents of PRC District 5 have a voice regarding the decisions that impact their daily lives."
He is a lifelong resident of New Mexico. He grew up in Belen and currently lives in Los Lunas with his wife, Andrea, and their daughter, Bella.
Following his service in the Navy, Joseph returned to New Mexico where he successfully managed his own small business and continues to help his parents on their family farm where they grow alfalfa and millet.
As an advocate for New Mexico, Joseph currently serves on the New Mexico State Apprenticeship Council, a board that oversees all apprenticeships throughout the state ranging from carpentry to electricians. This is a vital board that ensures both continued job growth for New Mexico residents as well as a pathway to success for individuals seeking a career in the trade industry.
In his free time, Joseph enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering at local children’s charity events with life-size model R2-droids that he builds.
New Mexico Sen. Joseph Cervantes has announced he is running for governor of New Mexico.
"New Mexico is in crisis," Cervantes said. "The only opportunity to turn the state around is to have an effective governor. We have many legislators, but it takes the governor to draw the vision together."
He was born and raised in southern New Mexico. "I received two degrees in architecture, before I decided to go into law. As an architect, I always have a vision, which becomes a plan and then I go to work building it. We have a lot of potential in the state. We just need to build public support."
Joseph Bizzell, Public Regulation Commission Candidate, Embarks on Three Week Journey to Help those Impacted by Hurricane Irma
September 8, 2017: New Mexico resident, Joseph Bizzell, has been asked to travel to Florida in anticipation of the most devastating hurricane to hit the coast in decades in order to develop and implement a plan to help Floridians restore power to their homes and businesses. Joseph has nearly two decades of experience working with utilities – specializing in high voltage electrical services. Joseph started his career working with his family business building distribution lines that brought power to hundreds of people in his community:
“I am honored that I’ve been asked to help our neighbors in Florida. In the past, I’ve worked to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy and those of the Albuquerque Microburst. I’m no stranger to this type of situation and my main focus is ensuring we can get the lights back on for those affected by this storm.
“When I served in the Navy, I saw first-hand the devastating impact these storms can have and if my experience can help others – I want to be there on the front lines.
“This is about working together - and remembering that we all are Americans and in times of need we need to come together,” said Joseph Bizzell.
Joseph Bizzell is a lifelong resident of New Mexico. He grew up in Belen and currently lives in Los Lunas with his wife Andrea, and their daughter, Bella.
“If I can bring my background and experience to help the citizens impacted by this storm, basically, if I can help keep their lights on and restore power– then my place is there to help,” added Bizzell.
Joseph is also running for the Public Regulation Commission – District 5. The Public Regulation Commission impacts local utility rates as well as commercial transportation, tow-truck services, and ambulance services.
Joseph will be documenting his journey via Facebook live and he plans to serve in Florida for the next three weeks. For more information or to follow Joseph live please contact – Megan Wells for more details.
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