Thursday, March 18, 2010
3/21: Loretta Naranjo Lopez Announces Campaign for Bernalillo County Commission District 1
Albuquerque resident Loretta Naranjo Lopez will announce her candidacy for Bernalillo County Commissioner, District 1 on Sunday, March 21, 2010, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, at the Spiritual Renewal Center at 6400 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque. "I can’t think of a better place for announcing my candidacy,” Naranjo Lopez said in a statement released by her campaign.
Naranjo Lopez will speak about how her experiences as a native of Albuquerque and life-long resident of District 1 inspired her passion to serve as County Commissioner. She says she brings experience and understanding as a community organizer/activist and planner on community issues.
Naranjo Lopez said she will provide accountability and openness on the Bernalillo County Commission. "I will use my experience, education, leadership and vision to serve our families, neighborhoods and the District 1 community as a whole," she stated.
The Bernalillo County Commission is responsible for a budget of $100 million for the operation of County government. This includes local laws, setting policies, zoning and business regulation in the unincorporated areas, as well as appointing individuals to various boards and committees. Loretta Naranjo Lopez explained she will bring to the job over 25 years of public service experience, including seven years working directly with the County Planning Commission. “I know that persistence and hard work pay off and I plan to spend whatever time is necessary to do the job right,” she said.
As an elected member of the Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA), Naranjo Lopez says she oversaw $13 billion of assets and appointed members to the board. She has also dealt with million dollar projects on the Greater Albuquerque Housing Project board, and was a factor in appointing the current Executive Director. As a planner, she drafted and analyzed ordinances and resolutions and made recommendations on numerous land use cases that dealt with development in District 1.
Naranjo Lopez noted that she was a small business owner for several years so she directly understands the issues people deal with when starting up a business and the regulations that are required of a small business owner. Likewise, as a former AFSCME Union President for Albuquerque City Management, she understands working family needs and issues.
More recently, as a community organizer/activist she was instrumental in obtaining $12 million for infrastructure repair in the Martineztown neighborhood where she lives. “We were able to fund efforts to stop flooding that had been affecting Martineztown residents for over 50 years," she said.
"As a successful organizer, I will use these leadership skills on the Board of County Commission to be a team player who will use my leadership and experience to get things done,” Naranjo Lopez added. “Residents of District 1 need someone to represent their best interests on the Bernalillo County Commission. I’ll be a strong voice for the people and I won’t be afraid to take on special interests. I will be a team builder who will use my leadership and experience to help District 1. I am retired and will serve District 1 as a full-time County Commissioner,” she concluded.
Naranjo Lopez was also “honored” in 2009 for Hispanic Heritage month by Emerge America, a national organization, as an “amazing Latina on the rise” and an “Emerge success story.”
She encourages the people of District 1 to vote on June 1, 2010.