Christine Bustos

Christine Bustos was appointed Feb. 12 by the governor to be the new District 2, Rio Arriba County commissioner. She replaces Leo Jaramillo, who in November 2020 won election to the District 5 senate seat but was appointed early to the senate, due to outgoing senator Richard Martinez’s resignation.

  San Pedro resident Christine Bustos was appointed Feb. 12 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to be the new District 2 Rio Arriba County commissioner.

    Bustos was appointed to replace Leo Jaramillo who was elected to the state senate last November and was appointed to the senate early after former senator Richard Martinez ended his term early citing COVID-19 related concerns.

    In a Feb. 12 phone interview Bustos said she was honored to receive the position.

    “I’m very honored to be appointed and hope to do my best for the people of Rio Arriba County and especially my district.”

    Bustos said she didn’t have a list of objectives yet but was planning on meeting with County leaders as well as with former commissioner Jaramillo to talk about what initiatives he started, so she can identify her priorities.

    “There’s a bit of a learning curve,“ Bustos said. “There will be a bit of time before I understand what I‘ll be spearheading.

    Bustos is currently employed as an insurance agent and has served before on the Española Planning and Zoning Commission. She currently is the president of the Downtown Action Team of Española, which puts on the annual Christmas light parade.

    County Commissioner James Martinez extended his congratulations to Bustos in a written statement Saturday.

    “Congratulations Commissioner Bustos! As Commission Chairman, I look forward to working with you on the many issues that are important to the residents of Rio Arriba County.”

    Commissioner Moises Morales also extended congratulations to Bustos in a Feb. 12 phone call.

    “I want to congratulate her and the people of that district for having someone to support their needs and I look forward to working with her and Commissioner Martinez,” Morales said.

    Without a full set of County commissioners, County Manager Tomas Campos said the County has been unable to hold its annual planning session so the County really hasn’t decided on what direction it will go. The commission also was unable to make board appointments with only two commissioners and District 2 was unrepresented during the capital outlay process which determines where money goes for the year.

    “I have presentations that will have to be repeated,” Campos said, “ We will need to start the education process.”

    Campos said he’s met with Bustos before.

    “I’ve met (her). She’s the one candidate who came to see how the County has been run and she came and talked to me,” Campos said. “That impressed me.”

    Bustos earned her bachelor’s degrees in business management and an associates in drafting and pre-engeering from Northern New Mexico College.

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