Democrat for NM House  

District 46

Standing up for Democratic Values

  • The New Mexico Department of Health has established a Coronavirus hotline for all health related questions:

    • CALL: 855-600-3453

    • For up to date information on the outbreak of New Mexico please visit

  • We understand this is stressful time for many New Mexicans. If you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis, please phone New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) 855-662-7474.  The hotline is available on a 24/7 basis and is staffed by licensed counselors.

public health orders
  • K-12 Academic School Year Ends -  New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced Friday.​ More info:

  • Starting Monday, June 1st, all New Mexico restaurants may operate indoor dining services at 50% of maximum capacity

    • Restaurant employers must have COVID Safe Practices in place including requiring employees to wear face masks

      • Bar and counter seating is prohibited

      • No standing service is allowed

      • Tables of customers must be six feet apart

      • Service stations and buffets that allow customers to congregate are discontinued

      • Employees must be regularly trained on cleaning processes 

      • Employees must conduct stringent and frequent sanitizing procedures

      • Bars remain temporarily closed

      • Breweries/wineries can continue to do curbside pickup where permitted by license 

  • Hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage services, and nail salons may operate at 25% of maximum capacity

    • Employers must follow applicable COVID safe practices

    • These services can accept client on an appointment-only basis

  • Indoor malls may operate at 25% of maximum capacity

    • Loitering is prohibited

    • Food courts must remain closed

  • Gyms may operate at 50% of maximum capacity

    • Personal training permitted for up to 2 trainees

    • Pools may be used for lap-swimming and lessons of only two students

  • Pools must otherwise adhere to CDC guidelines

  • Hotels may operate at 50% of maximum capacity

  • Drive-in theaters permitted to open with COVID safe practices in place

  • 14-day quarantine order for airport arrivals amended to permit certain business travel with COVID safe practices in place

  • Retailers and houses of worship may operate at 25% of maximum capacity

  • Face coverings muct be worn in public settings

  • Mass gatherings and congregations still unsafe and prohibited

  • Stay home whenever possible, especially when feeling ill

  • Keep a minimum of 6-feet of physical distance from others when going out

  • State Police, in conjunction with local law enforcement, will ensure that businesses adhere to its directives.​​

    • If you wish to report non-compliance within a business, a violation of the mass gatherings ban, or other violations of the public order, you may report them to or contact the non-emergency COVID-19 hotline at (833) 551-0518, Option 2.

    • When submitting a non-compliance complaint via email, please provide the following: date and time of observed violation, city, county, business name and business address.

  • United States Congress passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. The President is expected to sign both bills.

    • H.R. 6201 guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding.

    • H.R. 6074 is an $8.3 billion package to fully fund our nation’s response to coronavirus, including vaccine development, support for state and local governments, and assistance for affected small businesses.

  • Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announces three additional measures for State agencies to develop child care plan for first responders, key personnel; encourages Medicaid enrollment

FOOD ACCESS for kids

School districts throughout the state will begin serving grab-and-go meals to eligible students. For specific times of service and distribution locations, constituents should visit:

  • All children ages one to 18 are eligible to receive meals.

  • Santa Fe Public Schools will also begin grab-and-go meal service on March 16th: 

    • ​The district will provide meals, free of charge, to all SFPS students under age 18, beginning after Spring Break, on Monday, March 16th. These meals will be distributed curbside at the following locations for Breakfast at 7:30 am – 8:30 am and Lunch at 11:45 am – 12:45 am:

      • Aspen Middle School,

      • Capital High School,

      • Chaparral Elementary School,

      • Kearny Elementary School,

      • Ramirez Thomas Elementary School,

      • Santa Fe High School, and

      • Sweeney Elementary School

  • ​Meals will be provided at Pojoaque Valley Schools beginning March 16th. For information on distribution call: (505) 455-2282

Resources for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Includes info about home delivered meals): 1-800-432-2080 |

  • Santa Fe County Clerk, Geraldine Salazar responds to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines by modifying office hours and services. New hours of operation for the public who must be assisted in-person are Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Clerk’s lobby at the two customer service windows. The County Clerk’s Office will be closing daily at 4:00 p.m.
  • Services provided by Clerk’s Recording Division

    • Record documents via mail and e-recording. Mailing address is PO BOX 1985, Santa Fe, NM 87504. E-Recording services information can be found on our webpage.

      • Issue Marriage Licenses only for emergency situations and by appointment only. We will evaluate case by case. Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office phone number is 505-986-6280.

      • Record Marriage Licenses via mail only.

    • Record plat of surveys by appointment only and will evaluated on a case by case basis.

    • Notary Services will temporarily no longer be provided.

    • Services provided by Clerk’s Record Division

      • Perform research via mail or email requests. For email requests we would need to accept payment before mailing the request.

      • Marriage license copy requests via mail or email only. For email requests we would need to accept payment before mailing the request.

    • Services provided by Bureau of Elections

      • Voter Registration via mail and online only. Voters can register online.

      • Absentee Ballot Application Requests via mail or online only. Online request can be found on our webpage.

      • The completion of statutory tasks related to deadlines for the primary election will continue.

      • Please feel free to contact the Santa Fe County Clerk’s office at 505-986-6280 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Most Santa Fe County business can now be done by telephone. We urge you to call individual Departments if assistance or information is needed.  Direct contact information can be obtained by calling the following numbers:

    1. Community Services Department: 505-992-9849

    2. Public Works: 505-992-3010

    3. Adult Jail Facility: 505-471-4941

    4. Youth Detention Center: 505-424-5605

    5. Growth Management/Land Use: 505-986-6225

    6. Fire Department: 505-992-3070

    7. Clerk’s Office: 505-986-6280

    8. Treasurer’s Office: 505-986-6245

    9. County Assessor: 505-986-6300

    10. Probate Judge: 505-992-1636

    11. Sheriff’s Department: 505-986-2455

child care services information

Important Websites:  

  • Measures also guarantee health coverage for uninsured early childhood workers diagnosed with COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If my child care center closes, can I take my child and my CYFD contract to one that is open?
A. Yes. The state will pay both entities during the state of emergency so that you may find care. Please make contact with your local Child Care Services Bureau to notify them of the new child care center (see Child Care Services Bureau phone listing on page 10).


Q: I am a parent, can I call and get a contract for child care services over the phone?
A: Yes, a phone interview may be conducted in order to get a contract for child care. Clients seeking child care assistance may submit their application in various ways: you may go to to submit an online application. You will receive a phone call from a worker. You may also go to to download an application and applicant checklist for a list of all necessary documents required for eligibility determination. A phone interview will be required once all documents are submitted. When the emergency declaration is over, you may be required to schedule a visit to continue receiving services.

Q: How will the state support first responders and health providers with child care?
A: If a first responder or health provider needs child care during the public health emergency, CYFD will issue full-time contracts for payments to early childhood providers who are providing service. In our state plan we will designate emergency responders and health care professionals the high-risk category. This will enable full-time contracts to providers. Call your county offices to apply for services (see phone numbers below).

Q: Are there options for child care for children of hospital workers? Will there be waivers to allow hospitals to establish their own child care? Are there options to use community centers with priority for HCW and other first responders?
A: If a first responder or health provider feels they need additional support during the public health emergency, CYFD will be issuing full contracts for payments to CYFD - approved early childhood providers who are providing service. Call your local county office to apply for services (see Child Care Bureau phone listing below).

  • To apply to open a licensed temporary site, please call your local licensing office (see Child Care Bureau phone listing below). In addition, we recommend for any community wanting to open additional space to please work with a local child care provider who is currently licensed as a 3 STAR center or above and your local licensing office.

Q. How will the state support families with meals if the licensed child care provider is closed?
A. If you have questions about food access, please call 1-833-551-0518 or email:

Q. If I am a parent in need of child care, who can I call if I have questions or need support?
A: For questions about child care assistance in general, your child care contract or payment for child care services, you may contact your local child care assistance office. For licensing/registered home questions, you can call your local licensing office. Please see the Child Care Bureau phone listing below. For technical assistance or other support, you may call the New Mexico Child Care Resource and Referral line at 1-800- 691-9067. It operates 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also email your questions to


Q: Are CYFD offices going to remain open during this time and are reimbursements to providers going to be processed on time?
A: Yes. CYFD offices will remain open. Reimbursements will be processed on time.


Q: Are CYFD NM PreK providers (that follow public school schedules) to close as well?
A: No. The State is not mandating CYFD funded NM PreK sites to close. However, if your program makes the decision to close you will continue to receive payments and the required hours will be waived for the weeks during the emergency health declaration. Please make sure you submit your billing based on the previous month’s enrollment so that you can get paid. This is also the process if you decide to stay open to meet the needs of your families and have fewer children than those enrolled, your billing should be based on the last reported enrollment.
Q: When the PED NM PreK program in the public schools close, will the CYFD NM PreK programs funded by CYFD close?
A: No. At this time, CYFD licensed facilities are NOT required to close.



Help for Businesses Negatively Impacted by the COVID-19 Health Emergency

The State of New Mexico is adjusting its business-loan guarantee programs in order to make capital more available to business owners whose operations are severely impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency.

COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program

The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has created a program to assist businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit to deal with negative economic impacts from COVID-19. NMEDD can guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80% of principal or $50,000. Loan proceeds are flexible and can be used for (and not limited to) the following: working capital, inventory and payroll. 


  1. Borrower approaches lender

  2. Lender applies to the program

  3. Lender and NMEDD sign agreement

  4. Lender makes the loan

  5. NMEDD guarantees the loan in case of default

Lenders and borrowers can apply here.  Or Download a PDF version of the application.


Contact Johanna Nelson, or 505.469.6204.


LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans

  • Limited to expenditures for land, building and infrastructure

  • Can be used for lease abatement or mortgage assistance

  • Company must be a qualified entity (manufacturer, non-retail service business with more than 50% of revenue generated out of state, or a retail business in a community or less than 15,000 in population)

  • All loans will be required to provide security equal to the amount of the loan


For assistance with LEDA loans, find & contact your Regional Representative, or contact Mark Roper, or 575.562.0327

New Mexico Finance Authority: Business Loan Partnership Program

NMFA and “Partner Banks,” together, share risk while lowering the overall cost of borrowing for the business by NMFA offering low-cost rates on its portion of the loan to a New Mexico business.

Contact, John Brooks, 1-877-ASK-NMFA, or


Federal Assistance

On March 12th the Small Business Administration (SBA) announed up to $2 million in disaster assistance loans.  These are low interest loans that may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact.  More information from the SBA.

The SBA disaster assistance customer service center can be reached at 1.800.659.2955 (TTY: 1.800.877.8339) or email

SBA International Trade Assistance: Contact Edward Herrara, 505.670.5957 or



Utilities services

nm gas company
Consistent with Executive Orders issued by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and consistent with Orders issued by the Public Regulations Commission (PRC), we have made changes to certain aspects of service and billing to assist customers impacted by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. These measures were effective March 11 and will remain in place for the duration of the effectiveness of the Governor’s Executive Orders.

  • Disconnections of residential gas service for non-payment are suspended. 

  • Late fees related to bill payments are being waived.

  • Medical certificates that are set to expire will automatically be renewed for 90 days.

  • Walk-in bill payment centers, located in 22 communities across the state, are close effective close-of-business on Friday March 20, 2020. Customers have options to pay their bills online or by mail or through Western Union.

  • Customer Service Representatives can waive reconnection fees if needed.

  • Visits to customers by collectors are suspended. We continue to work with customers by phone to be flexible and help them with payment arrangements.

  • The Customer Call Center remains fully operational, although they are using technology to enable individual representatives to work from their homes. The website has been changed to ensure Coronavirus-specific information is accessible and easy to find for customers.

PNM & Water authority
  •  PNM will temporarily be suspending disconnections for non-payment. Learn more about this, and other steps PNM is taking.

  • The Water Authority is responding to COVID-19 by assuring customers that it has contingency staffing plans in place to ensure continuity of water and sewer service, as well as suspending disconnections for non-payment until further notice. Learn more.

why i serve

With great honor I serve House District 46, a microcosm of New Mexico. Our district is both rural and urban, hosting the stunning Española and Pojoaque Valleys, northwest City of Santa Fe, with the Santa Fe Railyard, and four sovereign Pueblos, Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque.  

Our district contains the vibrancy and potential of our state, with new and emerging businesses, preserving and hosting cultures and traditions for hundreds of years, and the hope and inspiration for a better New Mexico at every turn.

I am honored to serve our people in our New Mexico House of Representatives. I hope you will reach out to me with your interests, comments, concerns and inspirations. It is my great pleasure to hear and learn from you and carry our collective hopes and ideals for our state.



meet andrea

Andrea Romero is a 17th generation Northern New Mexican, born and raised in Santa Fe, Española, Chimayo, La Mesilla and Nambe. Her father, the first in her family to graduate college, became an engineer, which created opportunities for her family. Her parents stressed the value of education and giving back to community. She has two brothers; one who is a veteran and now works in the private sector and another who is a NM State Police Officer.


After attending elementary, middle school, and high school in the Santa Fe Public Schools, Andrea graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science. She has dedicated herself to the growth of Northern New Mexico’s economic and environmental vitality through her leadership roles formerly with MIX Santa Fe and the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, and volunteer service to various organizations throughout the region. An entrepreneur at heart, Romero also runs a small business startup, Tall Foods, producing healthy probiotics through ostrich eggs.


Andrea Romero

Andrea Romero for NM House District 46

1101 Hickox St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505


Neri Holguin, Campaign Manager

Jennie Ayers, Fundraising Director


Cecile Lipworth, Field Director


© 2018 Andrea Romero for NM House District 46, Julián M. Trujillo, Treasurer.

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