Economic Revitalization

We can improve Belen by creating jobs. Under Jerah’s leadership, Belen’s economy began to turn around after almost three decades of decline. Jerah created more than 250 jobs through new and expanding business:

  • Keter Plastics
  • United States Air Force
  • Loves Travel Stop
  • KGM
  • Geomni
  • Tractor Supply
  • ACE Hardware
  • Circle K
  • Arby's
  • Domino's
  • MetroPCS
  • Dollar Tree
  • Family Dollar
  • Hub City Brewing Co.
  • Belen Railroad Credit Union
  • Blue Star Insurance
  • Hardkor Fitness
  • Cowbelle
  • AC Disposal

Fighting Crime

While crime has spun out of control in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico, Jerah has been fighting local crime by:

  • Hiring a new, aggressive police chief
  • Shutting down drug houses at every opportunity
  • Demolishing problem properties that attract vagrancy and drugs
  • Supporting the efforts of Belen Community Watch and community policing
  • Calling on New Mexico to put an end to the new catch-and-release court rules
  • Paying trained officers more so we don’t lose them to nearby departments
  • Increasing patrols in neighborhoods and around businesses
  • Increasing the Belen Police Department budget so they have more and better tools
  • Purchasing and installing $100,000 worth of computer notebooks in all police vehicles to increase time spent patrolling
  • Supporting drug and alcohol treatment programs, included being awarded $3-million in funding for these programs in Belen only to have the money vetoed by the state

Preserving Culture

Jerah is proud to have strongly defended Belen's history and culture when a group from Wisconsin demanded Belen remove its downtown nativity scene. Belen will always be Bethlehem, and we will always stand up for who we are. Jerah also worked to preserve and revitalize historic buildings – and he’s excited to see continuing investment in the Belen Harvey House, Central Hotel and Feil & Ellermeyer.

Civic Engagement

Jerah continues to work with local civic and volunteer organizations, like the Belen MainStreet Partnership, Belen Art League and the Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce, to engage citizens in community improvement efforts.


We can improve our quality of life by investing in our water, roads, parks and more. There are many more projects already scheduled for 2018. Under Jerah’s leadership, more than $25-million has been spent to improve Belen:

  • $9.5 million to build a new North Main Street overpass to support the Belen rail yard
  • $5.5 million for a second airport runway to support aviation business development
  • $3.7 million for a new main fire station
  • $1.5 million for citywide sidewalk improvements that have been desperately needed
  • $1.5 million for new Main Street and Reinken Avenue paving
  • $1.3 million for electronic water meters to bring our meters into the 21st century
  • $1 million to build flood protection ponding on Camino del Llano
  • $1 million for a new Eagle water tank, providing water to Belen that had been out of service for nearly a decade
  • $980,000 for new Martha Jean water and sewer lines and paving
  • $950,000 to bring a city water well back online after years of running dry
  • $800,000 for a sewer line to support Dennis Chavez Elementary School, businesses and residents
  • $700,000 to expand of our wastewater treatment plant to accommodate higher volumes
  • $670,000 for an airport fuel station to support aviation
  • $440,000 for Eagle Park improvements
  • $805,000 for Vivian Fields improvements
  • $200,000 for new Orchard Road paving
  • $200,000 for new Christopher Road drainage and paving
  • $200,000 for park improvements at all city parks
  • $150,000 for new Old River Road and Wisconsin Avenue paving and sewer line
  • $150,000 for additional paved parking at the Belen Senior Center to alleviate the lack of parking
  • $80,000 for new Aragon Road paving
  • $75,000 for new Perizzite Avenue paving
  • $75,000 for new flood control drains on Mesa Road
  • $70,000 for new East Ross Avenue paving
  • $60,000 to revamp the old Belen Armory into the Belen Business Center
  • $50,000 for new Esperanza Avenue paving
  • $50,000 for planning and design for flood control on Barboa/Gabaldon Place
  • $15,000 to repaint the Harvey House

Managing Emergencies

When floods hit Belen in the late summer of 2017, Jerah worked with local emergency crews around the clock for a week to make sure residences and businesses didn’t suffer. Crews were mobilized within minutes of the massive rainfall. We pumped streets and ponds, filled and distributed sandbags, and checked up on residents and business owners street-by-street.

Investing in Community

Jerah continues to support funding for important facilities and projects that make life better for people in Belen, such as the Belen Food Pantry, Belen Public Library, Belen Community Center, Eagle Park, Belen Senior Center and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).