Fat Tuesday was a day of celebration across America. It was Rio Rancho Day at the New Mexico State Legislature, and dozens of elected officials, community leaders and Rio Rancho Regional Chamber members joined in on the celebrations at the state capitol Tuesday night.

The group gathered at Sazon, an upscale Mexican restaurant in the heart of the plaza, to fete the City of Vision’s success and get an early start to Sandoval County’s Founding Day Anniversary on March 10.

“That’s fantastic; we’re the second-largest, well soon to be second-largest, city in the state, the fastest-growing, we’ve been named the best place to live in New Mexico,” Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block said. “And how we do things in Rio Rancho and Sandoval County is the way things should be. The Roundhouse should be following our lead, our successes with great schools, great businesses and safe streets.”

Rio Rancho was recognized in the House and, eventually, the Senate after a delay for its success and many of the great things happening in Sandoval County.

County Commission Chair Dave Heil expects even more success for the City of Vision and Sandoval County.

“We just have to build on that,” Heil said. “We are the fastest-growing county in the state because we are doing things the right way. The city is run by Republicans, the county is run by Republicans.”