James S. Williams
Candidate for NM Senate
Hi, my name is James “Jimbo” Williams and I’m running for District 28 State Senate, which covers Catron, Grant, and Socorro Counties.
Born and raised in New Mexico, I have always been proud of my home and my community. My roots run deep as a 5th generation New Mexican and a 3rd generation rancher in Catron County and I have a special place in my heart for New Mexico.
My grandmother, Eleanor McClintock, was the epitome of a strong, Western woman. She came out in the early thirties during the Depression and bought property in Quemado, New Mexico and built a ranch there while juggling a career in professional rodeos as a Saddle Bronc Rider, riding with Tim McCoy’s Wild West Show and Barnum & Bailey Ringling Bros Circus. My grandmother also ran for the New Mexico State Senate in 1956 and is in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
My dad, Jim Williams, graduated from The New Mexico Military Institute in 1962. He was a ranching man with strong Christian values who taught me that hard work and honesty should be present in everything I do. My mom, Arlene Hopper, spent her career working with children as an Educational Assistant and taught me to always be kind to others.
Due to my position with the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts, I have been able to spend time in Santa Fe for the past three years during the legislative sessions and have witnessed 1st hand the political dysfunction with my own eyes. In those 3 years I have noticed a trend happening of rules being broken, disregard for procedure, frivolous spending, and harmful legislation being introduced.
My dad always told me that if you weren’t happy with something don’t complain about it, but do something to make it better. I am not a career politician. I am a successful small business owner with 3 grass-root businesses. As a voter you will be placing your trust in me to represent you as your voice in Santa Fe. With the following qualifications and my years of public service, I have diverse experiences and knowledge that can be used to make New Mexico better:
Small Business Owner
Bachelors degree from NMSU in Agriculture Education and performed my student teaching in Silver City, NM
Former President of the Quemado Independent School Board
Former Board Member of New Mexico Jr Livestock Foundation
Former President of Catron County Farm Bureau
Current Chairman of Quemado Soil & Conservation District
Current President of New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts
Current national board member of National Association of Conservation Districts
Current board member of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association
Through my propane company, Ag Country Propane, I have had the opportunity to support our local community. For the past 13 years we have been able to purchase multiple animals at our annual local County Fair from the 4H and FFA programs. We routinely provide scholarships for graduating seniors in Quemado and Reserve and we continuously support fundraising efforts for our Senior Center, for the youth in our school districts, and for our first responders. As a 4F classification with the United States Military, I was not able to serve as a soldier. However, I have the utmost respect and admiration for our current and former servicemen and women and I believe that there are other ways to serve and uplift those incredible members of our community. Through AG Country Propane, we are able to support The Semper Fi And America’s fund, which aids wounded warriors of all branches in the military, with the donation of .02 per gallon pumped from our Military Tribute Truck. Our efforts last year resulted in just under $10,000.00 being donated.
As a businessman, rancher, husband, father and grandfather I know we need to make positive changes, not only for today but also for tomorrow and the days after. By having your support, together we can improve our educational opportunities, create economic development and make Catron, Grant, and Socorro counties a better place to live and work for everyone.