Crestina Martinez for SD 35
Why Stand supports Crestina Martinez for Senate District 35
"Crestina will bring a refreshing rural perspective to the education debate. She will be a dynamic advocate for her community."
- Maria Vitale, Stand Endorsement Committee member
About Crestina Martinez
Crestina Martinez is a San Luis Valley native whose family has lived in the region for multiple generations. Upon graduating from Colorado College where she studied sociology and Spanish, Crestina chose to return to her community to be a positive change agent and to work improve the quality of life for residents.
As the daughter of a rancher, Crestina learned the importance of water, land and natural resources. She has used this perspective in several community leadership positions, including serving on the boards of the Colorado Acequia Association and the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance, and working on efforts to promote green energy in the San Luis Valley.
Currently the Costilla County Commissioner, Crestina has demonstrated her commitment to improving opportunities for youth by acquiring funding to establish community-based youth coalitions in Costilla County’s two school districts to emphasize healthy choices and lifestyles and providing more summer employment opportunities to youth.
Crestina has served on various state boards and commissions, including Governor Ritter Climate Advisory Panel and the Centralized Call Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Referrals. Most recently, Crestina was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper and confirmed by the State Senate as a member of the Colorado State Board of Health. She was most recently recognized as 2011 San Luis Valley Person of the Year and delivered Adams State College’s fall commencement speech.
Crestina raises grass-finished natural cattle and hay at the South Ute Mountain Ranch in San Acacio Viejo with her family. She is the daughter of Roy D. Martinez and Stella Rodriguez and has two dogs, Lobo and Bandit.