The first question I am asked at nearly every meeting with voters is “WHERE is District 54?” or “Wait, what? I didn’t even know that existed.”
That tells me a few things as a candidate, but I’ll save that for another post.
First things first: Here is the big map from The United States Census Bureau
Since this is such an ENORMOUS district in terms of square miles, let’s take it apart and look at it in terms of zones. First, this district represents parts of 3 separate counties: Otero, Chaves, and Eddy Counties. The major population centers are the small mountain communities in the aggregate, Carlsbad, and Artesia, most of which is in Otero and Eddy Counties. Chaves County is sparsely populated in District 54 (but no less important). This means that there are 3 distinct economic zones encompassed by 54. Major industries include (but not limited to): Tourism and forestry in the mountain communities, Farm and ranch in Chaves and Eddy, potash mining as well as one of the largest oil & gas production centers in all of New Mexico in Eddy County.
Northern Otero County mountain community District Bounds Map and City / Village detail
Southern Otero County desert community District Bounds Map and City / Village detail
Chaves County District Bounds Map and City / Village detail
Eddy County District Bounds Map and City / Village detail
City of Artesia, Eddy County Detail
City of Carlsbad, Eddy County Detail
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