RIO RANCHO, NM—Rio Rancho-area Republican legislators will be holding their annual legislative listening forum on Thursday, January 11, 2018, to learn and discuss Rio Rancho residents’ priorities for the upcoming 30-day session. State Representatives Jason Harper (R-District 57), Tim Lewis (R-District 60), and Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-District 44) are co-hosting the public forum along with State Senator Craig Brandt (R-District 40). 


The forum will take place at the administrative building for the Rio Rancho Public Schools located at 500 Laser Rd NE. The legislators will start the evening at 6:30 P.M. with an open discussion with residents to listen to their concerns and expectations for the 30-day session which will begin on January 16, 2018. Then at 7:30 P.M., residents will have an opportunity to submit their input on Rio Rancho’s capital outlay needs. 


“I encourage the citizens of Rio Rancho to attend this forum and share their concerns with us,” Rep. Lewis said. “Your ideas will help us as we develop solutions to improve our economy and make our state a safer place to live.”  


“After years of belt-tightening, we now have some capital outlay funding to address some of Rio Rancho’s infrastructure needs,” Rep. Harper said. “It is crucial that the residents of Rio Rancho voice their thoughts on which projects deserve these dollars.” 


“This annual forum gives us another opportunity to listen to area residents about their priorities for New Mexico,” Rep. Powdrell-Culbert said. “We need to know what is on the minds of citizens as we set the budget and work on policies to create more opportunities for New Mexicans.” 


“Although much of the upcoming session will focus on the budget, I expect we will also discuss new ways to improve New Mexico’s educational system to give our students the skills they need to succeed,” Sen. Brandt said. “Rio Rancho’s schools are among the top performing schools in New Mexico, and we welcome residents’ thoughts on how we can raise student achievement statewide.”