Donald Valdez is a 5th generation San Luis Valley native. He currently resides near his family in La Jara, Colorado. Family and the people of Southern Colorado are important to him, and he feels that representing the people of House District 62 is an excellent outlet for those passions.
Donald graduated from Centauri High School, and went on to earn his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with Emphasis in Management as well as a second Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Management. Coupling his education and business skills with his love for family and the San Luis Valley, he returned home to help with the family farm and ranch – where they grow small grains, alfalfa and run a cow/calf operation. He spent a year in Albuquerque, working with the public but realized that his heart was still in the San Luis Valley. He returned home and went to work for the Conejos County Treasurer’s Office as the Deputy Public Trustee. In this position he also worked with the County Assessor, Land Use Office and the County Clerk – learning invaluable knowledge about the operations of small local government and election cycles. During this time, he was also a Deputy Sheriff in Conejos County.
Hearing a broader calling, Donald joined the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He fine-tuned his skills in the conservation of water, soils, plants and whole ecosystem management. He worked closely with the local farmers and ranchers, as well as community representatives and government partners. This skillset will prove a major asset as Representative of House District 62, as there are already established relationships in the government and intimate knowledge of government relationships with private citizens and small business owners. His dedication to the people, land, water and way of life in Southern Colorado are driving his campaign to represent you.
Both of Donald’s parents are San Luis Valley natives – his father is a US Army Veteran (Korean Conflict) who is a multi-generational farmer/rancher. His mother is a small business owner and has supported the farming/ranching operation and raised 4 children – 3 boys and a girl – and both parents are cancer survivors. Donald knows the realities of the struggles of real people living real lives – the good and the bad. Focusing on the people and protecting our values is Donald to the core.
Donald is currently serving as the Assistant District Governor for Area 5470 of Rotary International, is a former President of the Conejos/La Jara Rotary, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a member of the Sangre de Cristo National HeritageBoard. He was also the vice-chair and Western Slope Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the USDA’s NRCS Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager, NRCS Civil Rights Committee, and the NRCS Green Team.