State Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Dist. 59, seen here speaking at a luncheon at the Roswell Job Corps this year, will run for her fifth term. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)
State Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Dist. 59, will seek a fifth term this year, as she continues to support education, oil and gas, tourism and agriculture initiatives for Chaves and Lincoln counties, she said Thursday.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to represent Chaves and Lincoln counties and to be their voice,” Espinoza said. I’m just looking forward and would love to have the support of the community to continue representing them.”
Espinoza is a leading member of the House Education Committee, and serves on the Business & Industry Committee and the Interim House Health and Human Services Committee, Disabilities Subcommittee and Water and Natural Resources Committee.
“I’ve worked very hard to achieve real change in education and we are on the verge enacting meaningful reforms that will make a difference in the lives of our kids and all New Mexico families,” said Espinoza. “I have worked closely with Gov. Martinez to try to end social promotion, teach our children to read by third grade, and target funding to early reading intervention programs.”
She said she believes in supporting reform in education.
“We can’t continue being 49th in the nation,” she said. “I strongly support that our kids master the minors. By the third grade, they should be able to read before we push them through to the fourth grade.”
Espinoza, a former teacher who now runs her own small business, was first elected in 2006 with 59 percent of the vote. She was reelected in 2008 and 2010 with 65 percent and 72 percent. In 2012, she ran unopposed.
Espinoza said she has never voted for a tax increase, and that “my focus has always been economic growth and incentives to grow jobs in Southeastern New Mexico.”
Her legislative successes include a law that protects children from methamphetamine by bringing charges of child abuse against adults who expose children to meth; a bipartisan measure that allows gifted high school students to enroll in college courses; and various measures in support of ranchers and agriculture.
Espinoza and her husband, Sonny, have been married 39 years. They have a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.