|Name||Joseph M. Maestas|
|Address||111 W. Lupita Rd |
Santa Fe, New Mexico , United States
Aug 06, 2021 03:52pm
|Info||I am Joseph Maestas and I want to be your next State Auditor. Currently I serve New Mexico as the Public Regulation Commissioner representing District 3. I was elected to the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) in November 2020. I will serve out a two-year term ending in January 2023 as New Mexico transitions to an appointed body of regulators. |
I’m a native New Mexican, land grant heir, and acequia water rights owner. I’m the great-grandson of a constitutional delegate, Jose Amado Lucero. I’m the product of our public school system. My strong work ethic was forged at an early age growing up on a small farm and helping to run a small, family-owned business in Santa Cruz, New Mexico.
The importance of a good education was also instilled in me as far back as I can remember. I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Here are some leadership positions that I’ve served in:
President, New Mexico Municipal League;
Chair, New Mexico Voices for Children Board of Directors;
Vice-Chair, Conservation Voters of New Mexico Board of Directors; and
Member, National League of Cities Board of Directors.
I’m also proud to have served our country as a Federal civil servant for over 30 years and also served as a local elected official for 14 years that included being a Santa Fe City Councilor and Mayor of Espanola.
I specialize in transportation and water resources – two prominent areas under the PRC’s purview where I have made a difference for working New Mexicans. I’m so excited to help lead our State through an historic, equitable transition to a clean energy future.
My accomplishments as one of your PRC Commissioners has been to professionalize and stabilize the agency, protect ratepayers from utility disconnections during the pandemic and help facilitate pandemic federal aid; and establish rules to help make solar energy accessible, affordable, and reliable. I also led the charge to expand broadband service to badly needed rural and tribal areas using the FCC’s Universal Service fund.
I’m a registered professional engineer in the states of New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. Before being elected to the PRC, I was working as a business development manager for a private engineering consulting firm.
I believe my qualifications, experience, leadership and readiness to address the complex issues facing the State Auditor’s office make me the best person for the job. I want to continue effectively solving problems in a political environment with determination, objectivity, and teamwork.
To begin my campaign for State Auditor, I will launch a listening campaign to New Mexico’s 33 counties to learn first hand where abuse is occurring in every corner of the state. I pledge to hold elected officials accountable to the public, and increase transparency, access and ethical practices.
I believe that working families deserve a State Auditor that will balance the interests of taxpayers and politicians; ensure that state agencies operate in a transparent, accessible and ethical manner; and that our elders are protected by guardian and conservator arrangements. The State Auditor must also work closely with all government agencies to ensure annual audits of public money are timely, accurate, and investigated in the instance of waste, fraud, or abuse.
As a seasoned reformer, I always seek to serve the public by bringing efficiencies to the office I seek. My goal as State Auditor is to see the agency reach its full potential as a top regulatory body. As New Mexicans we know there is room for improvement in the tracking of public funds and it is time leadership stepped up to the task.