MIYAGISHIMA DECRIES LACK OF SOUTHERN REPRESENTATION ON STATE BOARD

MIYAGISHIMA DECRIES LACK OF SOUTHERN REPRESENTATION ON STATE BOARD

District 4 County Commissioner Ken Miyagishima issued a statement today voicing concern over Gov.. Gary Johnson’s appointments to the New Mexico Workforce Development Board.
“This is an important board whose mission is to help create jobs all over New Mexico,” Miyagishima said. “In reviewing the governor’s appointments, I was dismayed to see that only one person was appointed from Doña Ana County – the second-most populated and the twenty-third poorest county in the state.”
Johnson named 40 people to the board, only three of whom represent the southern sector of the state: Joe Nelson of Anthony, Jimmy Bridge of Mescalero and Roger Block of Alamogordo. Twenty-two appointees are from Albuquerque, eight are from Santa Fe, and the rest are from areas such as Farmington, Rio Rancho, Raton and Roswell.
The New Mexico Workforce Development Board, Miyagishima said, is responsible for developing a five-year plan for job development in New Mexico and overseeing a number of local programs related to job development.
“For the governor to essentially ignore Doña Ana County and, indeed, the entire southern part of the state, in his selections indicates a disregard for a huge constituency in a traditionally poor sector of the state,” Miyagishima said. “I am hopeful that people who voted for Gov. Johnson and who live in this area will call or write his office and ask him to reconsider appointing more individuals from Doña Ana County.”