Latest updates from the campaign:
Rick Vigil, founder of Down to Earth Media, was recognized and honored by State Rep. Matthew Martinez (D-62) and the Colorado House of Representatives for his exceptional dedication to preserving the oral history of the San Luis Valley. Through his work in collecting and documenting stories, Vigil aims to ensure that the rich cultural heritage of the Valley is kept alive for future generations, expressing his hope that his films will become part of school curricula to educate people about the unique culture and heritage of the region.
Governor Jared Polis signed three bills into law at a ceremony held in Alamosa, Colorado. The bipartisan bills, sponsored by Representative Matthew Martinez, aim to create a high school scholarship program, remove the requirement for selective service registration when applying for college, and increase access to mental health services for veterans.
Colorado Politics - Hannah Metzger - New law deducts six months for a certificate, one year for an associate or bachelor’s degree, 18 months for a master's degree and two years for a doctorate degree.
Priscilla Waggoner, Courier reporter ALAMOSA– Rep. Matthew Martinez (D-D62) was provided a rare opportunity earlier this week when he was selected to be part of a small group of bipartisan legislators who sat down for a conversation with first lady Jill Biden during her visit to the state capitol.
20,000 Coloradans to benefit from free training in associate degrees, certifications A second bill would offer a $1,500 scholarship for graduating hig
Marianne Goodland - Colorado Politics - The first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Rising Utility Rates will convene Tuesday afternoon, but it won't be an opportunity for the public to talk to lawmakers about their utility bills.
Senate President Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, told reporters Tuesday morning that the committee's first meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m., is a "table-setter" that will allow lawmakers to hear from state regulators and others on what's behind the high electric bills.
Many Coloradans are facing utility bills that are twice as high or more than they were a year ago. Xcel Energy, the state's largest investor-owned utility, has cited higher costs for natural gas as the reason in its filings for rate hikes to the Public Utilities Committee. NASDAQ reported a high of more than $9 per cubit foot in August 2022, though that price has come back down to around $3 per cubic foot this year.
Passes House 61-1
ALAMOSA — A bill that allows non-violent offenders in prison to earn time off their sentence by earning a college degree or certificate has passed the Colorado House of Representatives with one vote shy of unanimous, bipartisan approval.
Introduced by Rep. Matt Martinez (D-District 62) with sponsorship by Rep. Rose Pugliese (R-Dist. 14), HB23-1027 “Department of Corrections Earned Time for College Program Completion” would grant incarcerated individuals earned time off their sentence for degrees earned from an accredited university while in prison.
Representative Matthew Martinez (D) - Monte Vista has introduced his first bill! HB23-1037 Department Of Corrections Earned Time For College Program Completion is also being co-sponsored by Senator Julie Gonzales. Committee hearings should be scheduled shortly!
ALAMOSA — Matthew Martinez, newly elected Colorado state representative for the San Luis Valley and District 62, has only been in office for five days, but he has hit the ground running.
Despite a schedule that sounds not unlike a 10-cities-in-5-days tour that just happens to take place beneath the gold dome of the State Capital, the former Marine and director of Adams State University’s Prison College Program has already introduced one bicameral piece of legislation with four more bills on the way.
Former HD 62 Representative Ed Vigil has Endorsed Matthew Martinez!
Former Colorado House District 62 Representative Ed Vigil has endorsed Matthew Martinez for his former position!
One Colorado has Endorsed Matthew Martinez!
One Colorado has Endorsed Matthew Martinez for House District 62!
Colorado Working Families Party Endorses Matthew Martinez!
The Colorado Working Families Party has endorsed Matthew Martinez for House District 62!
Colorado Optometric Association Endorses Matthew Martinez
The Colorado Optometric Association has endorsed Matthew Martinez for Colorado House District 62!
Colorado Education Association Endorses Matthew Martinez!
The Colorado Education Association has endorsed Matthew Martinez for Colorado House District 62!
AFSCME Endorses Matthew Martinez
AFSCME Endorses Matthew Martinez for Colorado House District 62!
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Endorses Matthew Martinez!
The Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Endorses Matthew Martinez for Colorado House District 62!
Colorado WINS Endorses Matthew Martinez!
Colorado WINS has endorsed Matthew Martinez for Colorado House District 62!
SEIU Local 105 Endorses Matthew Martinez
SEIU Local 105 has endorsed Matthew Martinez for Colorado House District 62!
Carol Riggenbach defeated Ryan G. Williams in the Republican primary Tuesday to earn a matchup against Democrat Matthew Martinez for the Colorado House District 62 seat.
Martinez will try to hold onto the statehouse seat for the Democrats following Don Valdez, who has represented the district since 2017. Valdez, who failed in his bid for the U.S. Congress, will end his term in January 2023.
In interviews Tuesday with Alamosa Citizen, Riggenbach and Martinez addressed some of the issues that will come up on the campaign trail leading into the November general election.
Colorado AFL-CIO Has Endorsed Matthew Martinez!
Colorado AFL-CIO has Endorsed Matthew Martinez for Colorado House District 62!