SANTA FE – Andrea Romero, the director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, announced Tuesday that she’ll challenge incumbent state Rep. Carl Trujillo in the June Democratic primary for House seat from northern Santa Fe County’s District 46.
“I am running because we need a leader who can bring people together to solve our most serious challenges,” Romero said. “I care deeply about the people in this area and am ready to work with everyone to address the lack of good paying jobs, the opioid crisis, and how we come together to resolve our serious water issues.”
Romero also criticized Trujillo. “I am concerned that Carl Trujillo is dividing our community and working on behalf of special interests involving utilities, oil and gas, and insurance companies who put their bottom line over our community’s well-being,” she said.
Trujillo responded: “My record shows that I stand strongly with my fellow community members. I fought hard to prevent utilities and special interests from raising electrical rates 40 percent, overnight, on all citizens.” He also said he worked on a bill that would have prevented a proposed high-voltage power line from passing near homes and schools, voted against preempting local communities from regulating oil and gas drilling and has filed a bill to reinstate a tax credit on rooftop solar power.
The regional coalition that Romero heads is group of cities, towns and pueblos that advocates for jobs and community programs related to or supported by LANL. Romero, a graduate of Santa Fe Public Schools, has a degree in political science from Stanford University. She also operates Tall Foods, an ostrich farm.