MEET PATRICK "PAT" VARELA

For Santa Fe, For New Mexico

As two-term Democrat Treasurer of Santa Fe County Treasurer, I formally announce my candidacy after numerous requests from citizens in the district, the New Mexico State House of Representatives District 45 seat being vacated by the retirement of State Representative Jim Trujillo.

As a lifelong resident of House District 45  and the nephew of long time State Representative Luciano “Lucky “ Varela, I have served my community in various capacities with a list of accomplishments that have had a positive impact on the tax payers of Santa Fe County and the State of New Mexico. 

In my first term as Santa Fe County Treasurer, I began to restructure the outdated investment policy by getting away from long term invested bonds which could have been detrimental to the taxpayers of Santa Fe County.  I sold off long term investments in a timely manner at a financial profit to Santa Fe County and restructured the investment policy to not allow long term investments to exceed five years.

Since taking office in January of 2013 I have always maintained an “open door policy” and was the first County Treasurer in the history of the State of New Mexico to establish an outreach program set up in different rural and city facilities to collect property taxes making it more accommodating for taxpayers to avoid having to find and paying high downtown parking prices and standing in long lines.

The outreach program has been such a success that it has been duplicated by several other counties statewide. 

I served two terms as the President of the NM Association of Counties Treasurers Affiliate which allowed me to represent the affiliate before the State Legislature.

My legislative experience is vast as I have written investment legislation that has been introduced and passed by both legislative houses and signed into law by Governors Martinez and Lujan-Grisham.

I am humbled to have established a great reputation of working with government entities from the State of New Mexico, Counties and local governments, thus helping in my successful support from both democrats and republicans in getting legislation passed.

Among the bills:

  • Senate Bill 56- An act which changed the clarification of investments in which County and Municipal Treasurers may invest certain public monies

  • Senate Bill 67-   An act requiring that the County Treasurer in which a tax increment development district is formed be notified of that formation.

  • Senate Bill 473-   An amended act related to public finance providing additional investment vehicles for the State Treasurer and County and Municipal Treasurers.



I am the proud son of a World War II Veteran who passed away, and am still blessed to have my Mother who is always supportive of my endeavors.

2020 Paid for by the Committee to Elect Patrick"Pat" Varela, Dorothy Romero Treasurer