Jose and Juanita Martinez live on a small ranch in San Francisco, Colorado, fewer than 15 miles from the New Mexico border. Juanita said this part of the state is often forgotten.
"If you ask anybody in Denver, they don’t even know where the San Luis Valley is," Juanita Martinez said. "We send representatives, but sometimes I think they don’t pound the table enough."
But she's determined to do something about that by running for office herself. She ran, unsuccessfully, for Costilla County Clerk, and wants to run again.
"They play around with a lot of money and they think it’s like a poker game," she said. "I want a place at the table."