Originally from El Paso Texas, Laura earned an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Amarillo College, a Basic Peace Officer Academy Certificate from the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy at Amarillo College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice & Police Science from Sam Houston State University. Laura’s early work experience - as a detention officer in Conroe, Texas and adult probation officer in San Antonio - provided her both insight and perspectives into issues related to Criminal Justice Reform.
Laura retired from the Criminal Justice field to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. Working in both English and Spanish news markets, including the Telemundo affiliate in San Antonio and NBC affiliate in Southern Colorado, Laura’s final assignment was for a CBS affiliate as the Prime Time news anchor in Amarillo.
Laura moved to Ruidoso in 2011 to join her husband, a local business owner with practices in both Ruidoso and Alamogordo. She, too, is an entrepreneur and small business owner of a public relations firm. Laura understands first-hand that small businesses are the lifeblood of New Mexico. She will be a fighter for small businesses - and against corporate and special interests - in New Mexico’s 56th House District.
Laura is active in the communities where she lives and works, in both Lincoln and Otero Counties. She proudly serves as 1st Vice-Chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Party. She is also an EMERGE NM Bootcamp Alumni and currently in the EMERGE NM Class of 2020. Laura has served for nearly eight years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children. Both she and her husband support various non-profits and youth athletic organizations benefiting the children of Lincoln and Otero Counties as Laura is quite passionate about the welfare of every New Mexican child. She is the proud mother of two sons and a grandson.
A cancer survivor (Laura was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia 11 years ago) Laura will make affordable, accessible healthcare – including access to mental health services – one of her legislative priorities in the New Mexico Roundhouse.
“Living and working in both Lincoln and Otero Counties has enlightened me to the many challenges families face here, as well as some key issues they deeply care about. Having raised two sons as a single parent, I empathize with many of these families. I’ve been there. I know that the struggles are real and challenging, which is why I am running for office.”