Roger Montoya, the Democratic nominee in Española-centered state House District 40, is facing a political scandal. A conservative internet site revealed that, in his early 20s, Montoya – now 59 years old – performed in porn films. The Republican Party has called for him to drop out of the race.
He shouldn’t. Montoya is a lot more than whatever got him into sex movies as a neophyte actor and dancer four decades ago.
Today, Montoya heads Moving Arts Española, a youth development center that uses dance, music and other art forms to promote confidence and goals for its young participants. His work with the program earned him recognition as a top 10 finalist for CNN’s hero of the year award in 2019.