Local attorney Olga Pedroza has announced that she will seek another term on the Las Cruces City Council.
Pedoza said, “I ran for the council to make sure that our traditional neighborhoods receive full support and attention as the city grows. I have been very pleased at the increased level of service for our residents, from community services to the repaving of long-neglected streets. This is very important for the people in my district.”
Pedroza said she has worked to build a closer relationship with the Las Cruces public schools. She said she was active in a successful initiative to develop working gardens at the district’s primary and middle schools, where science and nutrition can be taught through hands-on activities.
She also points to the city’s efforts to act creatively in dealing with residents who are struggling.
“I am very pleased that we created Camp Hope for the city’s homeless population. It’s not ideal, but at least there is a greater level of security as they transition to more stable situations. Compassion can help us make better policy decisions.”
Pedroza said she is excited about the city’s progress and direction.
“We have an opportunity to become one of the best cities in the southwest,” she said, “balancing our cultural assets with new technologies and an emerging workforce. We need to grow thoughtfully, with broad-based economic development, and city policies that benefit everyone and not just a few.”
Pedroza is a former elementary school teacher who received a law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1985. She worked for 17 years as an attorney for Southern New Mexico Legal Services, 16 of them as managing attorney. She has three children: a daughter who is a nurse, a son who is a director at the emergency Medical Response Agency in Las Cruces, and daughter who is an attorney in private practice in New Orleans. She is seeking her second term as a Las Cruces City Councilor.