Official Election


District 3: Jose "Joe" Evaro


District 4: Esperanza "Espy" Holguin


District 5: Vacant

District 7: Furman "Smitty" Smith

Newly elected Directors will be sworn in at the regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. at our La Mesa Office, 521 St. Valentine.





District 1:Raymundo Sanchez


District 2: Alma Boothe


District 6: Michael McMullen


Candidates elected to the Board of Directors:

District 1—no candidate

District 2Santos Ruiz

District 3Carlos Telles

District 4Johnny Holguin

District 5Roberto Nieto

District 6Michael McMullen

District 7Furman Smith

Question Re: allowing Directors to be paid mileage for travel to Board meetings passed on a vote of 14-7

The newly elected Directors were sworn in at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors on April 17. 2013.  There was an election of officers at the meeting,and a roll of the dice established staggered terms (three 2-year terms and four 4-year terms. In the future, all Directors will be elected to 4-year terms).  

The Board of Directors

The Initial Board consisted of five Directors, each appointed by the Board of Directors of the Founding Entity they represented. They served until the first elected board was sworn in on April 17, 2013. The initial appointed Directors were Chairman Roberto Nieto representing the Mesquite MDWC & MSWA, Vice-Chairman John Holguin representing the Vado MDWCA, Secretary Santos Ruiz representing Berino MDWCA, Director Rosaura Pargas representing Desert Sands MDWCA, Director Blanca Martinez representing La Mesa MDWCA, Director Mary Berry representing Butterfield Park MDWCA, Director Furman Smith representing Organ WSA and Director Mike McMullen representing Brazito MDWCA. 

You will find the NM Statute establishing the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority and our Governance Document on the Documents page. You'll find information there on the duties of the Board, elections, districts, voting and more. There is a Board Minutes page where you will find the minutes & board packet from board meetings. A schedule of board meetings is located on the Notices page along with the Agenda for the next meeting and other items of interest. The Events page has a calendar showing board meetings, office closures due to holidays, etc.

LRGPWWA Board of Directors, August 2017
L to R: Henry Magallanez, District 5; Jose Evaro, District 3; Furman Smith, Vice Chair, District 7; Esperanza Holguin, Secretary, District 4; Michael McMullen, Chair, District 6, and not in the picture is Raymundo Sanchez, District 1.

Currently serving on the Lower Rio Grande PWWA Board of Directors are:


Raymundo Sanchez, Director
Elected 4/7/15, term expires April 2019
representing the residents of District 1
Email: raymundo.sanchez @ LRGauthority.org

Jose "Joe" Evaro, Director
Elected 4/4/17, term expires April 2021
representing the residents of District 3
Email: joe.evaro @ lrgauthority.org

Esperanza "Espy" Holguin, Secretary
Elected 4/4/17, elected Secretary on April 19, 2017, term expires April 2021, representing the residents of District 4
Email:espy.holguin @ LRGauthority.org

Henry Magallanez, Director
Appointed 8/16/17, term expires April 19, 2021
representing the residents of District 5
Email: henry.magallanez@LRGauthority.org

Mike McMullen, Chairman 
Elected 4/7/15, elected Chairman on April 19, 2017,  term expires April 2019,
representing the residents of District 6
Email: mike.mcmullen @ LRGauthority.org
Furman Smith, Vice-Chairman
Elected 4/4/17, elected Vice-Chairman on April 19, 2017, term expires April 2021,
representing the residents of District 7
Email: furman.smith @ LRGauthority.org

Districts 2 & 5 are currently vacant
See the notice below for information about how to apply to fill one of these vacancies


If you would like to receive an email reminder about our Board meetings, email your request to:
board @ LRGauthority.org
(remove the spaces before & after @)
See below for map of Voting Districts and links them to download in PDF versions.

LRGPWWA Board of Directors, April 2015
L to R: Raymundo Sanchez, District 1; John Holguin, Vice Chair, District 4; Roberto "Marty" Nieto, Chair, District 5; Mike McMullen, District 6; Furman Smith, District 7, Carlos "Cali" Tellez, District 3; and Alma Boothe, Secretary, District 2.
Lower Rio Grande PWWA Directors Elected April 4, 2017: Espy Holguin, Joe Evaro, Furman Smith
Election Information and Districts

Developing election districts was a bigger challenge than anticipated, but the Board of Directors adopted the first Election District Map on April 6, 2011.  And then, the Butterfield Park MDWCA, Organ WSA and Brazito MDWCA members voted to merge with us, so voting districts had to be redrawn, and now there are seven instead of five.  These districts were adopted by the Board and an Election Proclamation was issued by Resolution on January 16, 2013 and has been filed with the County Clerk.

Our consultant, Vencor Engineering, identified each property within our Service Area by Parcel ID Number and owner information, and our staff put together our member and customer lists with the Parcel ID Numbers, this data was compared and collated by Vencor to establish a location on the map for each eligible voter.  The Service Area was then divided into seven districts with an approximately equal number of eligible voters. 

PLEASE NOTE that our Election District Map is NOT the same as our Service Area Map.  Our Service Area is based on our Place of Use of our water rights and is mapped by Section, Township & Range.  Election District boundaries need to be easily recognizable geographical features such as streets, rivers, canals, etc.  Our Election District boundaries extend outside of our Service Area in order to show these features, but only Members of the Authority are eligible to vote.  In order to be a Member, a person must own real property within our Service Area and receive service from us to that property.

We encourage our Members to be sure that we have your current and up-to-date account and property information on file for our voter rolls.   The link above will open a PDF document of the District Map with a bit more detail than this image to help you see which is your voting district.