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Representative Brittney Barreras (D-Albuquerque) resigned from the New Mexico House of Representatives on Jan. 28.
We ask that members of the media please respect the privacy of Rep. Barreras and her family at this time. Please do not contact Rep. Barreras and direct any inquiries to House Democrats Press Secretary, Alison Riley.
Statement from Rep. Barreras:
“First, I want to say that I am completely honored that my neighbors and community have trusted me to represent them. I have done my best to stay true to them and true to my roots in the South Valley. The huge amount of pressure in such a big job has become increasingly difficult for me. All of the pressure and stress has taken a toll on my mental health.
Two years into a pandemic, I know that many of us are experiencing stress, anxiety, and negativity. I want you to know that I feel you, I see you, I hear you, and we’re in this together. I know that I need to take care of myself right now in order to be a good mom, daughter, co-parent, and community member.
I will not stop being engaged in our state government and I will always encourage my community to speak up and get involved. The Legislature works best when real people show up and participate.
I have made arrangements to ensure that the work I have begun will be carried forward until the Bernalillo County Commission appoints a new Representative for House District 12.”
Statement from House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces):
“It has been a privilege to work with Rep. Barreras over these past two years. I have come to know her to be an intelligent, compassionate, and courageous addition to our caucus. I respect her for acknowledging the need to focus on her mental health and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
She will be replaced by the Bernalillo County Commission.