Endorsement: Pilar Schiavo for Assemblywoman
Pilar Schiavo for Assemblywoman (“Pilar for Assemblywoman”) is a pro-life and pro-choice activist, who is running for the statewide position of Assemblywoman in the Democratic Party primary election on September 10, 2010. She entered a Democratic primary election against incumbent incumbent and Republican Assemblywoman Teresa Tomlinson, who has held the office since 2004. Pilar Schiavo was born in Puerto Rico, and raised in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Her father was a public school teacher, and her mother a public school teacher. She attended the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) until she transferred to the University of New Mexico to earn her degree. She married a United States citizen who is an engineer, and the two now live in northern New Mexico. She works as an advocate for public education, with a focus on improving teacher quality, and she is also involved in the public school system, and has served as a member of the New Mexico State Board of Education.
Pilar Schiavo first became involved in politics at the age of 17.
“I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I went to the University of Puerto Rico and then I lived for 3-4 years in Florida where I worked as a teacher. But when I returned to Puerto Rico, I found out that the university was not very good. I then transferred to a different university, but at that time, there were very few public universities. That’s why I decided to study in the United States.”
She began her political career by serving as a local organizer for a number of political campaigns including those for then-Assemblyman and now Congressman Pete Gallegos, and for Senator Pete Domenici.
She was active in the Puerto Rican community and in community-based organizations, including the New Mexico Democratic Party, and she also served on the Democratic Central