Unlike other candidates asking for your support – when it comes to creating jobs and growing local economies – Lawrence has actually done it.
As CAO with the City of Albuquerque Lawrence created thousands of jobs, putting people to work building roads, community centers, libraries, and fixing our aging infrastructure. In addition to building the Albuquerque you see today, he recruited businesses to Albuquerque like Tempurpedic and General Mills, and focused on building local businesses that really drive growth in our communities.
Lawrence’s roots run deep in New Mexico. He was born in Santa Fe and grew up in the small town of Sile, with six siblings. He learned to deal with adversity at an early age after losing his father to a drunk driver.
Lawrence’s mother made sure he learned the value of hard work and community service. He went on to complete a BA in Sociology as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNM before starting his professional career. Lawrence is the proud father of three and is married to his best friend and life long partner, Kim Sanchez Rael.
Lawrence has dedicated his life to serving New Mexico. He started off as the Deputy Secretary of Transportation for NM under Governor Toney Anaya, and in 1987 he went on to serve on the staff of Senator Jeff Bingaman in Washington, DC.
In 1990 he joined the city of Albuquerque and later assumed the role of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), holding that senior role longer than anyone in the city's history, serving with three different mayors and working closely with both Democrats as well as Republicans.
In 2002 Lawrence was recruited to be the Executive Director for the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), which manages transportation, agriculture, work force development, employment growth, land use, water and economic development initiatives across Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance and Sandoval counties.
In 2012 President Obama appointed Lawrence to be the Director of the Farm Services Agency for New Mexico and oversee all aspects of the federal farm program.
As a community leader, he has served as the President of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, an organization that promotes local commerce and advocates growing the renewable energy sector. He has also served on the United Way of Central New MexicoBoard of Directors, New Mexico Livable Communities Task Force, the New Mexico Stimulus Package Advisory Committee and the Kirtland AFB Retention Committee. Lawrence currently lives is Los Ranchos and is running to be the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Mexico.