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Background - Rep. David Chavez Will Not Seek Re-eelection

Background - Rep. David Chavez Will Not Seek Re-eelection

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Chavez announces he won't run for secondterm in state House
Mar 10, 2012
Filed under:News
After only one term in office, Rep. David Chavez (R-7), of LosLunas, has announced that he will not seek re-election to theNew Mexico House of Representatives.After only one term in office, Rep. David Chavez (R-7), of LosLunas, has announced that he will not seek re-election to theNew Mexico House of Representatives.Chavez said as a trial attorney, who deals primarily withpersonal injury cases, his business requires his full attentionat this time."I have to dedicate myself to my practice and my clients,"Chavez said Friday. "I am extraordinarily busy and haveobligations to my clients."Making the decision to not run again was "the hardest I'vehad to make," Chavez said. "My constituents have given meoverwhelming encouragement and support to run. But theyalso understand that it is very difficult to be a small businessowner and provide the efficiency that is necessary to servein the Legislature. It's a full-time job."Chavez said it's definitely time for the state to considerpaying its legislators."Under the plan now, we pay in about $600 a year and atretirement, have a pension plan that's about $20,000 ayear," he said. "If the state feels that is what it costs to pay a
legislator, then we need to decide if it's a full-time or part-time position and pay them. This needs to be something thatgoes on the ballot and the voters decide."When asked if he was considering a run for the Senate seatcurrently held by Michael Sanchez (D-29), Chavez said whileit was always good to keep options open and he appreciateddifferent experiences and challenges, but he wouldn't beseeking the seat "at this time."Chavez said it has been a privilege to serve as a legislator."I truly enjoyed the opportunity of serving in the Legislature.I was really blessed with that opportunity," he said. "I amsure God will open up other doors for service in other ways."During his two years at the Roundhouse, Chavez said hesupported and worked diligently to vote for a balancedbudget, repeal driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, reducetaxes, encourage economic growth and development,holding public officials accountable for public corruptionoffenses, reduction of property taxes, and for the reductionof less government and better services."I have attempted to locate funding and will continue to doso for a Los Lunas interchange project and a sewer andwater system in Peralta and Bosque Farms," he said in apress release. "In the last 30 day session, I submitted capitaloutlay requests for Valencia County in excess of $38 million,which included these projects and many others in ValenciaCounty."I look forward to continued service to our community and toour state."In other legislative news, before Valencia County even got toknow her, State Rep. Rhonda King (D-50), of Stanley,
announced on March 7 that she will not seek re-election.Due to redistricting of the House this year, King's districtpushed into the eastern side of the county, picking up votingprecincts in Rio Communities, Tierra Grande and LasMaravillas.King, who has served for 14 years, said in a press releasethat it has been an honor to serve and work with the peopleof District 50."I am very proud of what we have accomplished together,"she said.She indicated that at this point in her life, she wants tospend more time with her family, including her youngdaughter.On March 8, Torrance County Commission ChairwomanVenessa I. Chavez, from Tajique, announced her intention torun for the District 50 seat.
-- Email the author at  jdendinger@news-bulletin.com.
Jamie EstradaVice President, DW Turnerwww.dwturner.com575-386-9654http://www.linkedin.com/in/jpestrada

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