20200521jimbowilliamssenate28James S. "Jimbo" Williams, Candidate for NM Senate District 28
James "Jimbo" Williams was raised in Quemado, NM. He is a 5th generation resident of NM and lifelong resident of Catron County. Before deciding to run for NM Senate District 28, James has served his community in many ways over the years. He has strong roots and a deep love for the communities he serves. As a businessman, 3rd generation rancher, father, grandfather, and husband, James is focused on preserving Catron, Socorro, and Grant counties.

"Because of my position with the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts, I have been able to spend time in Santa Fe for the past three years during legislative sessions and have witnessed the political dysfunction with my own two eyes. In those three years, I noticed a trend of rules being broken, disrespect for procedure, frivolous spending and harmful legislation being introduced.

"My dad always told me that if you were not happy with something - don't complain about it - try to do something to make it better. I am not a career politician, but as a successful business owner with two grassroot businesses and all my years in public service, I feel my experience can help to create a better New Mexico."

"The following qualifications and my years of public service have provided me with diverse experience and insight into our state:
• Small Business Owner
• Rancher
• Bachelor's degree from NMSU in Agriculture Education and completed my student teaching in Silver City, NM.
• Past president of the Quemado Independent School Board.
• Current Chairman of Quemado Soil & Conservation District.
• Current President of New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts.
• Current national board member of National Association of Conservation Districts.
• Current board member of New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association.
• Past Board Member of New Mexico Jr. Livestock Foundation.
• Past President of Catron County Farm Bureau.

"I respect and admire our service men and women and our Veterans. I was not able to serve as a soldier; however, I believe there are other ways to serve. My propane company supports The Semper Fi Fund, which aids wounded warriors of all branches in the military, with a donation per gallon pumped from our Military Tribute Truck. Last year we donated nearly $10,000.

"My dad taught me to work hard, be honest and when borrowing something, always give it back in better condition. This life lesson has shaped who I am and what I stand for. I have a strong desire to give back to the community as much as I can. For the past 13 years, my wife and I have purchased multiple animals annually at our local County Fair from our county youth. We actively provide scholarships for graduating seniors in Quemado and Reserve and we continuously support fundraising efforts for our Senior Center, for the youth in our school districts and our first responders. We continue to donate to the Semper Fi Fund to continue to support our Veterans.

"As a businessman, rancher, husband, father, and grandfather, I know we need to make positive changes not only for today, but also for tomorrow and the days after. Through your support, together we can improve educational opportunities, increase economic development, and create a better place to live and work in Catron, Grant, and Socorro counties."

Contact me at newmexiconeedsjames@gmail.com and visit my website jameswilliamsfornm.com.