He's been Mayor of Santa Rosa for 12 years and was elected a state representative for the eastern part of the state in 2003, now Joe Campos wants to be lieutenant governor.
Campos says his campaign isn't about politics, "it's about our children and their future, and creating jobs for New Mexicans."
On Saturday, he opened his 2010 state campaign headquarters in downtown Albuquerque.
Without a doubt, Campos said the biggest issue in the campaign will be the economy.
He believes renewable energy jobs are a good place to start.
"The state can do much more in a the way of tax and other incentives to both support existing businesses and recruit new companies," Campos said. "Agricultural jobs also remain a vital part of our future and clearly, making progress on our water issues is a priority."
He says he wants to develop the state's energy resources, and focus on renewable energy and natural gas, because it will "create economic opportunities, like high paying jobs" while reducing the country's dependence on foreign oil.
If elected, Campos says he'll also work to improve the state education with an emphasis on math and science, "so our children can fill the jobs of tomorrow."
He'd also like to use the office, to support Diane Denish, and promote a high quality health care system "that is affordable and accessible to all New Mexicans."
Campos told about 60 people, eating posole, tamales, and munching on biscochitos that he believes the state is facing a number of challenges.
"We have to have more ways to diversify our economy and build a large base of good-paying jobs for the long term," Campos said. "To do this, we'll have to harness the tremendous potential of our people and our state."
Campos and his family own and operate a restaurant in Santa Rosa.
Compos is just one of six people vying for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. He faces Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano, state Sens. Linda Lopez and Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque, retiring Mid-Region Council of Governments Executive Director Lawrence Rael and former Democrat Party of NM Chairman Brian Colón.