Who I Am
I am a “born and raised” northern New Mexican. My family is from Alcalde, a small farming community north of Española. That is where I spent my childhood and that is where I currently reside.
I learned my work ethic at a very young age. I grew up helping my father with his contracting business, raising cattle, cleaning the acequia every Spring and growing crops of hay and alfalfa. I also grew up as an outdoorsman and to this day enjoy hunting and fishing in the vast wilderness found within District 40.
I am blessed to have my roots in Alcalde, a community with a rich New Mexico history. Alcalde, the Spanish word for “Mayor”, is situated next to Ohkay Owingeh (formerly known as San Juan Pueblo and the first capital in the US which was established in 1598). Ohkay Owingeh is the ending point for the 1,500-mile historic Camino Real, the ancient trade route which extended from Mexico City, and which played a key role in cross cultural trade and commerce.
The valley from which I originate is also rich in tradition and culture. For centuries, on December 27th, Los Matachines de Alcalde perform the traditional “Dance of the Matachines” at the church in Alcalde. The Dance of the Matachines is one of the few traditional dances observed both by Pueblo and Hispano-Mexicano people in New Mexico. The Dance of the Matachines is performed on Christmas Day in Ohkay Owingeh by members of the Pueblo.
As your State Representative, I bring with me the strong work ethic instilled in me as a child, a love for the rural and outdoor lifestyle and a deep appreciation for the ancient and multi-culture history of District 40.
I bring over 15 years of Executive Management and Technical experience in the Energy Industry Sector, and in the Construction and Operation of Nuclear Facilities for Waste and Research Operations. Throughout my profession I have worked at state, local and private sector levels. I have also served in a leadership capacity in the development and implementation of regulatory strategies and programs for the provision of energy utility service under the government jurisdiction of the Public Regulation Commission of New Mexico. In this capacity, I established key partnerships with other power industry providers, and with local and state governments.
My professional work includes:
- Engineering Manager, Engineering Services Division at LANL
- Electrical Engineer in support of LANL construction and operation programs
- CEO of Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (JMEC)
- I have represented JMEC in state and local initiatives with other power providers for the provisions of power service under the government jurisdiction of the Public Regulation Commission of NM
- I have been responsible for all aspects of the operation of JMEC, including but not limited to business services, member services, engineering services and line operations
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and two Master’s Degrees, one in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and one in Business Administration, from New Mexico State University.
I am a Registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico and an IEEE Professional Society Member.
Service to My Community
In service to my community, I am a Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico and I sit on the Board of Directors of United Way of Northern New Mexico.
About District 40
District 40 covers a large geographic area and includes the counties of Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba and San Miguel. Included in this area are cities, (Espanola), towns, (Springer), villages, (Eagle Nest) and Tribal lands, (Ohkay Owingeh).
The District includes rural, agricultural lands, wilderness where many of us seek retreat and recreation and urban areas rich in New Mexico history and culture.
The sectors within District 40 which provide employment for us and our neighbors range from healthcare to government to hospitality to agriculture.
The one common point among all of this diversity is the need for a Representative who understands the lay of the land and the needs of the people and communities, and someone who will be a voice and an advocate for all the people and communities of District 40.
Why Vote For Me
The right to vote is a privilege we should not take for granted. Many have fought for us to be able to cast our vote. When you consider who you will vote for, rest assured that as YOUR Representative, I will be respectful and responsive.
You can count on me to show up on time for meetings, to respond to all phone calls and emails, and to do so in a timely manner. I will listen to all concerns and ideas and I will do my best to manifest viable and sustainable solutions which enhance and lift up all communities and constituents.
I am deeply rooted in the traditions and values shared by those who reside in the communities within District 40 and I bring with me a diversity of management skills, educational accomplishments and experiences. I will utilize all of this and my work ethic to address and resolve the issues we face in District 40.
I have identified a number of issues which have a direct impact on the welfare of the people and communities of District 40. These are the issues I will address and champion as your State Representative:
Early Childhood Education
Northern NM Economic Development
Tougher/Smarter Drug Laws
Improved Support for
Law Enforcement Agencies
Opiate Addiction and Opiate Manufacturers
Community Mental Health Support
Uphold Family and Community Values
Support for our Local Farmers, Ranchers and Acequias
Support Veteran Initiatives
It takes many hands to run a successful campaign. We invite you to join us as we work to elect Joseph Louis Sanchez as the voice for the people and the communities of District 40.
You can join us in the following ways:
- Help us collect position signatures to assure Joseph is on the ballot
- Post a campaign sign in your yard for Joseph
- Invite Joseph to meet with other voters you know in District 40
- Call your friends and family who vote in District 40 and let them know about Joseph and tell them you are supporting him
- Let Joseph know of any community events you would like for him to attend
- Carry a sign in parades and at polling locations during early voting and on Election Day
- Make a financial contribution to Joseph’s campaign. Your financial assistance helps pay for signs and other campaign materials
- Send us an email and let us know how you want to help elect Joseph: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your contribution is greatly appreciated and will assure that we have a responsive, hardworking person at the New Mexico Legislature working on YOUR behalf!
Get in Touch
I’m here to serve you, please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you.