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Klarissa Peña Campaign Turns In 500+ Petition Signatures

Flexes Organizational Strength

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2013
Contact: Renee Martinez – 505-363-5922

Albuquerque, NM – Today the campaign to elect Klarissa Peña to city council district 3 announced that in just over a week of filling her official candidacy with the Albuquerque City Clerk, her campaign is flexing it’s organizational muscles and is turning in enough signatures to get on the ballot, with the overall goal to collect 1,000 signatures.

Below is a statement from Klarissa Peña, candidate for city council district 3:

“I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support that my campaign has received in just over a week since I filed my intent to run for City Council District 3.

We are off to a very good start, and our goal is still to get to 1,000 petitions signatures in the coming few weeks so then we can start talking to the voters about what really matters: jobs, safe streets, and infrastructure for our community.

We are building a grassroots army that will extend from one side of this district to the other and today proves that by collecting over 500 petitions signatures in just over a week. I am not going to take this race lightly, and I plan on working tirelessly for the constituents in district 3 and my campaign is the first step in proving that.”

About Klarissa:

Klarissa was born and raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley and has been married to Johnny Pena for 25 years. She is the proud mother of six children and grandmother of nine. She is also a Caregiver to her brother and foster son with developmental disabilities. She is Special Projects/Governmental and Community Relations Director at Youth Development Inc. (YDI). She is President of South West Alliance of Neighbors (SWAN) a coalition of 14 neighborhood associations committed to enhancing the community. She is the Executive Director for the West Central Community Development Group (WCCDG) a 501(c)3 dedicated to revitalizing Route 66 a stretch of the historic road on Albuquerque’s Westside, a member of Alamosa Neighborhood Association, honorary member of West Central Merchants, member of New Mexico Family Living Providers and chair of the Albuquerque Interstate Landscaping Task Force. She is a former City of Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commissioner. In 2011 she was honored to receive the South Valley Pride Day Outstanding Citizen Award.

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February 21, 2013, 12:00pm

Klarissa Peña longtime community activist announces candidacy for City Council District 3

Albuquerque, NM- ”With the support of family and friends I have decided to run for City Council District 3.  My decision to run stems from over 23 years of community involvement. It began as a concerned parent wanting the best possible education for our six children so I joined the PTA.   Soon after I saw the need in our neighborhood and was encouraged to become a member of the association. I begin to work alongside community members and elected officials to help transform our neighborhoods.  This led to my employment for a leading social service agency whose work addresses community needs.  I have a non-partisan approach to accomplishing the goals set out by the community.  With this experience, I believe I will be able to better serve the community in a much broader capacity as a City Councilor.”

Klarissa was born and raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley and has been married to Johnny Pena for 25 years. She is the proud mother of six children and grandmother of nine.  She is also a Caregiver to her brother and foster son with developmental disabilities.  She is Special Projects/Governmental and Community Relations Director at Youth Development Inc. (YDI).  She is President of South West Alliance of Neighbors (SWAN) a coalition of 14 neighborhood associations committed to enhancing the community.  She is the Executive Director for the West Central Community Development Group (WCCDG) a 501(c)3 dedicated to revitalizing Route 66 a stretch of the historic road on Albuquerque’s Westside, a member of Alamosa Neighborhood Association, honorary member of West Central Merchants, member of New Mexico Family Living Providers and chair of the Albuquerque Interstate Landscaping Task Force.  She is a former City of Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commissioner.   In 2011 she was honored to receive the South Valley Pride Day Outstanding Citizen Award.

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