Dear Fellow Democrats:

The Democratic Party of Rio Arriba County’s Central Committee passed a resolution on May 22, 2021, asking the current Rio Arriba 3 member Board of County Commissioners to move, by unanimous consent/vote, to a 5 member Board of County Commissioners, emphasizing the fact that the county’s population has grown since the 2010 census. This resolution is being posted in order for Rio Arribans (both Democrats and Republicans) to understand the importance that such a change would bring to Rio Arriba county government, allowing for greater representation for all Rio Arriba citizens. Only the currently seated 3 member board of county commissioners can move this historical and important change by first passing an ordinance and then working with appropriate demographers to create the 5 districts. By doing so they will demonstrate their responsibility to sound government, accountability and transparency. Rio Arriba County is geographically large and diverse with many challenges for those residing in our most rural areas as well as our more populated villages and cities. Just as the legislative districts are now being reconfigured based on population, Rio Arriba’s commission districts must also be reconfigured based on population.

Many behind the scenes have researched statutes governing county governments, redistricting laws and methods to provide for a smooth transition to a 5 member board of county commissioners. Our very own DPRAC Rules Committee Chair, Mr. Jake Arnold, has worked tirelessly, obtaining information and speaking to legislative experts on how this can be accomplished. I want to thank Mr. Arnold for his work on this resolution and for the guidance he provided to the DPRAC Executive and Central Committee members, whose unanimous consensus to pass this resolution on May 22, 2021, reflects their vision for the future of our county. The time for our County Commissioners to act is NOW!

Working Together, We are Rio Arriba Strong!

Joann V. Salazar, Chair

Who we are

The Rio Arriba County Democratic Party is a grassroots organization of volunteers focused on advancing democratic values. We work to create a New Mexico in which every person is treated with respect and every person has what it takes to live a life of dignity: secure, decent-paying jobs; a just economic system; not-for-profit universal healthcare; high quality public schools; a safe, healthy environment where the unmatched beauty of our land is preserved for future generations.

We are the Democratic Party organization representing the registered Democratic voters of our county; we work in concert with the New Mexico Democratic Party and the national Democratic Party to nominate and elect Democrats to public office, in order to make New Mexico everything we would like it to be.

Speak up on redistricting

The Citizen Redistricting Committee has published map concepts for new Congressional, state senate, state house, and public education commission districts. They are soliciting public input and public comment on the maps. The maps finally chosen will affect Rio Arriba’s representation in state government.

For more information on how to participate in person or virtually, see the Redistricting Committee’s web site.

Make your voice heard.