Editor:

    We are experiencing a critical moment in history where principled leadership is greatly needed.

    Roger Montoya and his entire staff at Moving Arts Española have made my family and community a better place for children to thrive. As a first-grader at Ohkay Owingeh, my son was enrolled in Moving Arts, where he very much looked forward to attending classes aimed at physical engagement and discipline. He, like many others in his school, was positively impacted by what it means to belong and cultivate lifelong learning skills.

    I am beyond grateful for Roger’s vision and leadership. He has dedicated his life to community organizing and privileging youth voices and needs.

    Our previous representative, Nick Salazar, worked tirelessly on behalf of the district for 45 years. We continue to see the impacts of his Democratic values as evident in our local schools and senior centers, to name a few examples.

    We need leadership committed to staying the course and not one who will jump ship at other opportunities.  We need to elect a state representative who will continue to build relations and uplift youth and communities, and not candidates who are aligned with building walls and locking up children in cages.

    Please join me in getting out the vote and supporting Roger Montoya for State Representative District 40!  

    Matthew J. Martinez

    Ohkay Owingeh

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