School board candidate Paul Jaramillo, Jr. shares his thoughts on critical race theory and LGBTQ + issues at GOP forum – Los Alamos Reporter
School board candidate Paul Anthony Jaramillo, Sr. at his table before speaking at the Friday morning GOP candidate forum at Christ Church on Diamond Drive. Photo by Mayor O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com
BY MAYOR O’NEILL
Paul Jaramillo Sr., candidate for the Los Alamos District 2 Public School Board, told the audience at the Los Alamos Republican Party Candidates Forum on Friday that if he was elected, when he voted, he would vote on ma moral and what I was taught. spiritually to believe ”.
Jaramillo said he had lived in Los Alamos since 2010 and in the Espanola Valley for 24 years previously.
“The reason I’m here is because I pioneered the Los Alamos Christian Fellowship in 2010 across the street from high school and since then have moved on to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of North Carolina , so I switched to Open Door Bible Ministries in 2017 were located across from Ashley Pond, ”he said.
Jaramillo said many people have contacted him online about being a minister and wanting to hear his take on “critical race theory, the LBTQ Trans movement, etc.”
“Since I’m a pastor, they want to know what I think about these and how I’m going to approach them if I’m on the board, which I actually think can add a positive impact to that,” did he declare. “I am a fiscally prudent person. I have done a lot of things in life. I don’t have a college degree but I was a District Manager for Burger King. I oversaw five restaurants, 120 employees and 37 managers, so I managed a big budget there. Then I transferred to Tseay Corporation in Espanola and was their retail manager. I managed a lot of finances there with the laundromat, two car washes and three conveniences, so I had several employees under me in this area. From there, I entered the funeral service business as a funeral director. A cousin of mine owned De Vargas Funeral Home in Espanola, so I had a great time there.
Jaramillo said he had a lot of experience in different fields, worked for security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and then semi-retired in 2010 to become a full-time pastor.
“I believe and know that I am running for the school board because I have seen changes over the years in the direction our school board is taking. I’m not too happy with it and want to be able to express my thoughts and opinions and moral beliefs which, by the way, I’m not speaking for my church, I’m speaking for myself. You can talk to anyone in my church and they’ll say, “He doesn’t really stand up for his political ideas,” but I’ll speak what I believe. ,” he said.
When it comes to finding a new LAPS Superintendent, Jaramillo said he believes there are a lot of important qualities to look for.
“It will be the start of a new beginning. A clear vision of what needs to be done for the good of the district is part of a great superintendent and a clear vision of what needs to be done – leadership is at the top of the list because it takes a passionate and strong leader. to get things done in a respectful manner. Its goals, whoever is hired, should ensure that students in the district learn at a high standard in a positive atmosphere and that all students are equal, ”said Jaramillo. “I am a minister but I believe that every student in the neighborhood should feel safe, feel at ease in the environment where he attends, whether it is in high school, elementary or middle school and I think he is important that he feels safe. where they are. That being said, I have a lot of opinions when it comes to Critical Race Theory, the LGBQ Trans movement that is going on, which is being pushed into the school system right now – clubs and things are happening. , and you are welcome to ask me questions. I answered several questions for local citizens of White Rock who emailed me and asked me about these issues.
“I’ll be frank with you. There are a lot of things that I will say you won’t agree with and there are a lot of things that I will say you will agree with. I understand that. It’s part of coming together as a community and making a difference in the school district. If we can’t work together, and as you can see it doesn’t work today because there is only a small crowd, the community has to come together to make things happen, otherwise it won’t. won’t work, ”Jaramillo said. “I’m here to let you know that I am a caring and compassionate person, and I care about everyone in this room as well as everyone in this community and always have.”
Jaramillo said he had been married for 37 years and had two grown sons who went to public schools.
“If they attended school today, I don’t think either of them would have graduated from high school,” he said.
When asked about the proposed housing project in North Mesa, Jaramillo said it had no direct impact on the immediate needs of LAPS students.
“If it’s affordable housing, I think that’s great. But the experience I have had is that there are 160 houses under construction in White Rock near La Vista Church. It was supposed to be affordable housing for paramedics, teachers, etc. In the end, they were houses priced between $ 400,000 and $ 775,000. I wouldn’t call it affordable housing, so if they can convince me that our students can get affordable housing in North Mesa with their parents, I will support them, ”Jaramillo said. “If I’m on the board, I’ll make sure that happens or that I make an effort to make it happen. Growth always brings more students and traffic, and security can become an issue. This will all have to be looked at by the school district and taken into account in all areas, but when they talk about affordable housing I have a big question mark about it because we had a bad experience regarding White Roche. “
When asked why his sons wouldn’t graduate from high school if they were there now, Jaramillo replied, “You can probably tell I’m Hispanic or Mexican. There is currently a movement in schools called Critical Race Theory. I have a lot of concerns about this due to the fact that Critical Race Theory is not designed to get people to move forward; he’s actually holding them back. It reminds them of their past and keeps them at that point, ”he said.
Jaramillo said at the time that he was unsure whether it was in the 1990s or 2000s there had been an accusation that black people could not get mortgages.
“I was the victim of a mortgage that was turned down because I thought they thought I was probably Hispanic and couldn’t afford the house I was buying at the time. Well let me tell you something, this experience should not determine my success in the future. Critical Race Theory is designed to destroy our social system by immobilizing our students. If we keep talking about it and reminding them what is going to happen is that they are going to stay at this point and they are not going to give it their all because of the fact that we keep reminding them of where they come from and what kind of experience their ancestors had, ”Jaramillo said. “I’m sorry my ancestors had bad experiences. I had a bad experience, but I’m not going to let that identify who I’m going forward and standing here pretty much proves that. “
He said housing should be affordable for teachers because he saw the kind of money my wife has made over the years.
“If your husband or partner doesn’t work in the lab and you don’t supplement a teacher’s income, you can’t afford to buy a house in Los Alamo,” Jaramillo said.
He said when the 160 homes are completed in White Rock, it will double the population of Pinon Elementary School.
“So we can all imagine the realignment and restructuring that will be done with this kind of growth in White Rock. It will change Chamisa and it will change Pinon primary school. I would love to be a part of that growth, part of the direction that’s going to be taken because it’s going to bring big changes to the students there. I think our students should be given priority in whatever is decided, ”said Jaramillo.
Jaramillo said he received a question from a White Rock resident asking him what role he sees the school system playing in the mental health of LGBTQ + students and if he thinks services should be provided to these students, that they might begin to question their gender, identity and sexual orientation.
“The first thing I have to say to this is first of all, no matter what level of school district you work in, you are not a health care provider. We are not here to mentally direct the students and help them decide what they are going to be in the future. It is up to their parents and their personal medical advisor to do this. The only thing I think the school should play a role in is creating a safe place for all students, ”he said. “And I will highlight all the students because of the fact that right now this movement – what is happening as the acceptance of this – I understand it. I understand. They need to feel secure and to be happy in their surroundings, but what is happening is that the Christian, the believer, is put aside and his voice is silenced and I will tell you Why.
Jaramillo went on to say that he had a seventh grader in one of his classes during the four years he worked for the school district, who stood up and said he wanted to be a part of the show. and tell but was afraid to do it because he was ashamed of, “because everyone had something to show, but what I want to show they can’t see.” It is Jesus ”.
“My advice to him was that you should have come up and do what you thought in your heart you should do. If I said that today, I would be in trouble. I really think all students need to feel safe and that includes all students of all backgrounds, ”Jaramillo said.
Later, during a question-and-answer session, Jaramillo said, “These students, even if they are who they are, deserve to be protected as well as anyone. There is no balance. Christian believers cannot even say “God” in the hallways. (They) put up club posters for all of these things, but yet, as Christians, we cannot publicly disseminate our information in schools. When I talk about feeling safe I am talking about every student feeling safe, even Christians in the same way I call the other religion. If they can teach their religion, we can teach our religion. We can make them feel safe, but we also need to feel safe ”.