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Grateful for article on Blake Williams’ passing
Thank you for the article on Blake Williams (“A voice that spanned oceans is silent,” June 28 – July 4, 2017). He was one of a kind. He was so alive and vibrant when I met him for lunch just a few weeks before his passing that I just can’t believe he’s gone. He was really larger than life. I think of him every day. Thanks again.
Jeffrey A. Friedberg
Introduction to candidate for Torrance County Assessor
My name is Jesse (Jesus) Lucero and I am running for the office of Torrance County Assessor on the Republican ticket. Let me take a few minutes to share with you my experience and my family background. I have been married for 20 years to my wife Lucia Lucero. We have three children, two of them have already graduated high school. I was a member of the Estancia School board for six years and recently resigned in preparation of the 2018 election. I served in the U.S. Navy during Operation Desert Storm. I am very proud to say I am a Veteran. I have a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. I am also working on my Appraisal classes to become a New Mexico Certified Appraiser.
My resume shows over 20 years of management experience. The last four years have been as the Torrance County Deputy Assessor. During this time several initiatives and actions have been implemented which have allowed the Torrance County Assessor’s office to overcome operational challenges and become more effective and efficient. For example a mass review of agricultural accounts was completed through a two-year period to remove ineligible exemptions, resulting in fair assessment for all taxpayers.
As a member of the Legislative Committee for the Assessors Affiliate, I am very involved in the legislative process from the introduction of a bill in committee, all the way to passage into law. This experience gives yet another voice for Torrance County.
As chairperson for (TCVAC) Torrance County Veterans Advocacy Council one of our goals is to get Veteran Services in Torrance County through lobbying efforts. This has been a slow process but success is on the horizon.
As an appointed official I understand the accountability to the community. The importance of local issues, and the need to lobby for constituents. These different affiliations show the versatility of my government involvement. This makes me the ideal candidate for the position of Torrance County Assessor.
Jesse (Jesus) Lucero
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