By Intersection Strategies
Today, Representative Angelica Rubio of New Mexico House District 35 will begin her near 300-mile bicycle ride to Santa Fe at 7:45 am. Rubio will be leaving from Klein Park in the historic Mesquite District. The send-off will include a blessing from members of the Piro Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe del Pueblo de San Juan de Guadalupe.
“It’s my hope that by cycling to the capital I can encourage a greater sense of connection between the southern part of New Mexico and the legislative process,” said Representative Angelica Rubio.
The representative will be holding meet-and-greets with legislators and community leaders from both sides of the aisle along the way in order to hear first-hand what New Mexicans’ greatest concerns are leading up to the 2019 legislative session. She also hopes to share some of the legislation she will be presenting over the course of the 60-day session, most notably the creation of an “Outdoor Equity Fund” which would provide funding to disadvantaged communities for outdoor activity programs. As New Mexico shifts towards Outdoor Recreation as a means for economic and cultural development, Representative Rubio notes that, “low income and communities of color don’t get access to the public lands and other things that I think we should be able to be a part of, so that’s part of the Outdoor Equity Fund.”
Rubio’s first stop will be in Hatch, then she will continue through to Truth or Consequences, San Antonio, Belen, and the South Valley of Albuquerque before arriving at the Santa Fe Roundhouse on Saturday, January 12.