I am Donald Valdez. Colorado House Representative for District 62. What Colorado needs in these uncertain times is continued steady guidance and values rooted in rural Colorado.
I am here to give a voice to all that understand the unique differences of living in rural America — living close to the land and celebrating our rugged individualism.
As your representative, I will be here with you — shoulder to shoulder to face whatever challenges come our way. We will plan and we will pivot for contingencies to meet the needs of our institutions, small businesses, communities, and most importantly our families — so that we ALL remain strong together.
I assumed office on January 11, 2017.
Currently, I serve as the the State Representative for House District 62; representing Alamosa County, Conejos County, Costilla County, Rio Grande County, Sagauche County, Mineral County, Huerfano County, and Pueblo County.
Representative Valdez has served on multiple committees during the legislative sessions.
In 2017, Representative Valdez served on the Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee and the Local Government Committee.
Currently in the 2019 - 2020 legislative session, Representative Valdez serves as the Vice Chair for the Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee, the Transportation and Local Government Committee, and the Statutory Advisory Committee.
You can view the work that Representative Valdez has done: https://leg.colorado.gov/legislators/donald-valdez
Water: My whole life I have grown up around agriculture and have learned the value and importance of growing crops, maintaining a garden, and raising livestock to provide nourishment to families and communities. water is a precious resource for our agriculture industry, for our municipalities, and most importantly for our next generation. At the current time, our aquifer levels are below average; some would argue that we will need a major snowpack to ensure aquifer levels are managed and stable. I continue to work with the Rio Grande Water Conservation District by bringing forth a bill to address these concerns.
Education: Supporting education has been a priority from the beginning of my work and time in office. I am committed to supporting high quality teacher training, teacher pay, and early childhood education. Specifically, ensuring early childhood education is preparing children with a strong early literacy foundation.
Healthcare: Affordable healthcare for everyone is a priority of mine. Knowing that Coloradans have access to doctors, medication, and treatment is of high importance to me.
Supporting Veterans: Supporting our Veterans is paramount. Contributing to organizations through time and financial support has been key to the work that I do. Our Veterans have given their time, talents, and lives — we must recognize and support these men and women and their sacrifices for our freedoms.
Climate Change: The Earth's climate has changed throughout history. Most of the changes today occur due to the human activity. This topic is one that I continue to address and remain updated to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect our environment.