Congratulations Rio Communities
Rio Communities voters went out to the polls Tuesday and elected their first governing body.
The citizens of Rio Communities should be proud of this historic election. As we celebrate with the winners, we also congratulate everyone who took part in the process and ran for elected office, whether they won or not.
All the candidates who ran for mayor, city council and municipal judge did so for different reasons, but for the majority, they said they wanted to make a difference in the new city, they wanted to be the voice of the people.
Now that the election is over, the real work begins. Those elected to lead Rio Communities now have the daunting task to build a government that will serve the people of the newest city in Valencia County and in the state of New Mexico.
Since the successful incorporation election in January, volunteers, many of whom were candidates, have been involved in the municipal committees, dealing with issues such as public works, safety, finances and economic development. These committees will now be recommending ordinances and ideas to the new governing body to help build the new city.
The newly elected Rio Communities officials are not your typical politicians. They are all volunteers, and they will not be paid. The only other municipality in Valencia County that doesn’t pay their elected officials is the town of Peralta, that only incorporated in 2007.
While we congratulate all the candidates of the first Rio Communities municipal election, we also thank them for trying to make a difference. Starting a city from the ground up is no easy task, and we hope their efforts will be succeed.