After 24 Years, It's Time for a Change
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2018
CONTACT: Susan Herrera | 505-579-0092 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Herrera, retired CEO of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, and former director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C., has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the District 41 House of Representative seat in the New Mexico Legislature. District 41 covers most of Rio Arriba County and parts of Santa Fe and Taos counties.
She is running on a platform to improve public education, create good jobs andbuild a better, sustainable health and behavioral health system. She supports an overhaul of the New Mexico tax system so that working families in New Mexico are the priority, not the most well-connected and powerful.
“We can create a strong revenue stream for state education, health and economic development by revamping the income tax, permanent fund and gross receipts taxes. Depending upon oil and gas fees and playing the ‘revenue guessing game’ annually is not a smart way to sustain services to our citizens. I want to work with other legislators to change that,” Herrera said.
Susan serves on the statewide board of New Mexico Voices for Children and the boards of the Family Learning Center in Española and the Northwest First Born Program in Farmington and Gallup. She was instrumental in bringing $2 million in W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant money to New Mexico for early childhood development. Herrera left the LANL Foundation in 2016 having granted $51 million to Northern New Mexico school districts and community-based non-profits. Today the Foundation has an $84 million endowment. She volunteers at Dixon Elementary, where her grandson is a student.
Susan has extended family throughout New Mexico. Susan and her husband, Amalio Madueño, live in Embudo and are the parents of Andres Madueño, a Los Alamos firefighter. He and his wife Charlotte have three children. Susan’s father Bill Herrera was a native New Mexican who moved to California following World War II and later served three terms on the Pomona City Council. The Herrera-Madueño family moved to Española in 1990 where Herrera worked for the University of New Mexico at what was then Northern New Mexico Community College to develop a Baccalaureate Student Nursing program in the north. She helped UNM launch its Taos campus in 1994 and recruited its first students. She also worked for Siete del Norte and started the Foundation at Northern in 1996.
Her public background includes serving on the campaign and legislative staff of Congressman Jim Lloyd (D-Calif.). She was executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus when there were only six Hispanics in Congress. To address the need for Hispanic congressional staffers in D.C., she launched a Congressional Fellowship Program. Her husband, now a community economic development specialist and published poet who worked with UFW AFL-CIO president Cesar Chavez in the late 1970s, was in the 1981 class of those congressional fellows.
“This district is my home and my grandchildren’s future,” said Herrera. “How could I not want to follow in my father’s footsteps as a champion for children and families, working to offer more opportunities for work, education and health care to all?”
District 41 is larger than the state of Massachusetts and includes 31 precincts. It is has been represented since 1993 by Rep. Debbie Rodella.