Retired teacher Joy Garratt was re-elected to the New Mexico State House of Representatives, representing District 29, Tuesday.
Garratt defeated Republican Greg Cunningham by more than 800 votes to earn four more years of representing Northwest Albuquerque.
“I’m grateful to all the Northwest House District 29 constituents who voted,” Garratt told the Neighborhood Journal. “This is an incredible right we have as Americans, to vote in freedom without fear, so I am grateful to each person who exercised that right.”
Garratt, who recently retired after 28 years in education, earned her B.S. in liberal studies with concentrations in history and communications from Excelsior College, University of the State of New York and her M.A. in educational leadership from the University of New Mexico. She also received a post-B.A. teacher licensure from the University of New Mexico. Garratt has worked in public affairs and public relations and as an educator. She is affiliated with Ventana Ranch Neighborhood Association and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation.
“This district continues to be a swing district, and my opponent, Greg Cunningham, ran a robust and spirited campaign, so I thank him for stepping up to the plate and running,” Garratt said. “It takes so much commitment and stamina to campaign and he worked hard. I am grateful to each and every person who voted for me as well as each person who came to their doors and talked about their concerns and suggestions — regardless of whether or not they voted for me.”