Jordan Juarez officially declared he is running for election to the Sandoval County Commission with a campaign announcement event Saturday night in Rio Rancho.

Juarez is running to replace Dave Heil, who is terming out in Dec. 2024, as District 4 Commissioner. The 25-year-old Juarez said he has lived in that part of the city for most of his life.

Heil and District 2 Commissioner Jay Block attended the event to support Juarez, who wants to work to ensure better wages for people who work in Sandoval County.

“My main focus is to make sure we’re getting good, living-wage jobs in this county,” Juarez said. “We struggle behind Bernalillo County on that. We have a large percentage of residents in the county driving every day into Bernalillo County to be able to get good work. We have to make sure that Sandoval County is growing in the proper direction. The residents deserve to live and work in the same area.”

Juarez said improving infrastructure in Sandoval County is also an important focus of his campaign.

“I want to make sure that I’m working with the city and the commission to start building better infrastructure that’s able to attract new businesses,” Juarez said. “We need to make sure we’re leveraging our assets to do so. We’re going to attract outside businesses, and even growing our small businesses. We need to encourage those necessary resources.”

Juarez works as a supervisor for an aerospace company. While working a full-time job, he is also working toward his degree in political science at Central New Mexico Community College. Since 2022, he has been the youngest member serving on the Sandoval County Ethics Board.

“I’m a blue-collar guy. I’ve worked since I’ve been able to work and I put everything pedal to the metal,” Juarez said. “I’m willing to learn. I’m willing to take opportunities that are presented to me and make sure I turn them into positives for the community. I’m willing to take the community’s input. That’s the whole point of why I’m doing this; I want to make sure I can serve the community that was able to help me grow up and become who I am today.”