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Time for a Change

Irma Susana (Susie) Chaparro, a Democrat and life-long resident of Las Cruces, has announced her intention to run for Doña County Commission, District 4. The daughter of hard working Mexican immigrants and naturalized citizens, she learned firsthand the value of family and hard work as a first generation American. She was grew up in the Mesquite Historical District and her parents and son continue to reside in Las Cruces.

Chaparro is a certified court interpreter and owner of a local interpreting and trial consulting firm. She serves as Board President of La Casa Inc., a non profit agency, that operates New Mexico’s largest domestic violence shelter. She also served as vice-chairperson of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County.

Chaparro is a former Magistrate Judge. She was the first judge in the nation to include Spanish speaking jurors on jury panels. Her decision was upheld by the New Mexico Supreme Court a year later. She created and led the first Domestic Violence Court in the State of New Mexico and served as a Drug Court Judge for many years.

When asked about her priorities, she states:

“COVID-19 presents this generation with issues that we have never faced before. Overnight, we have seen businesses close and hundreds of our fellow citizens lose their jobs. We will overcome this together. And when we do, we must work on rebuilding the economy inDoña Ana County. Now, more than ever, we need dedicated and experienced leadership to guide our community as we help businesses reopen and we work to create new jobs.

I will work with my fellow commissioners to make sure that our law enforcement officers and fire and 1st responder personnel are properly equipped to get help to our citizens from Hatch to Sunland Park.

Moving forward with infrastructure improvements throughout the county and working on increasing use of renewable energy will be some of my priorities.”

Chaparro’s varied experience includes budget analysis, management and contracts.
Her leadership and experience demonstrates the depth of her commitment,
community involvement and awareness in Doña Ana County.