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Taos County Commissioner District 3

Together with other members of the County Commission, represents the County and its interests in all case not otherwise provided for by law. Appoints elections officials to fill vacancies. The Commission is responsible for the County budget, County ordinances and resolutions, and zoning and business regulation in unincorporated areas, and sets policy for the operations of County government. Must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of district from which elected. Four-year term, no more than two terms in succession.

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    Martin J Dimas
    (Dem)

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    Darlene J Vigil
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

1. How have your experience and education prepared you for this office?

2. What are the biggest challenges facing the county?

3. How would you address them?

4. What should the county do to support economic development?

5. How would you propose to balance growth with water scarcity in an increasingly arid state?

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Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 1092
Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557
Campaign Phone 575-779-0230
Campaign Email darlenejv@gmail.com
Occupation Public Servant - Taos County Commissioner, District 3
My career in public service began in 1983 at the Taos County Assessor's office, where I worked for 31 years. As Taos County Assessor from 2007-2014, I gained valuable experience in administration, budgeting and policymaking, allowing me to be more effective at advocating for the community of Taos.
Housing shortage has been one of the biggest challenges along with affordable housing.
Taos County and Town of Taos government leaders along with community leaders from private sectors have come together to stand up Taos Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization, Taos Housing Partnership that is working towards developing below market housing a tangible reality for the community of Taos.
Taos County currently is using Community economic development has a process of addressing community economic problems – such as unemployment, or lack of employees, lack of affordable housing, or the lack of sufficient retail and other services – through project ideas, creativity, strategy and finding and mobilizing resources.
Balancing growth with water scarcity is super challenging but very critical. Best practices for water conservation and management is key and in order to move in this direction ordinances must be created to assure that as growth inevitably happens these practices are in place and adhered too.