Leo was born and raised in Carlsbad. He is employed at WIPP in Quality Assurance. He and his wife Vicki have two children and five grandchildren who are all residents of Carlsbad. Leo’s father Leo Estrada Jr. was an employee of the City of Carlsbad.
Leo has spent many years coaching Carlsbad’s youths. He has coached baseball, soccer and wrestling. He was an officer for the National baseball league. He has also coached adults in the Church’s softball league. Leo is an avid hunter; especially elk hunting.
He has a great love for the community of Carlsbad. He takes a stand and communicates with city officials when he has a concern that he feels strongly about.
Carlsbad native J.J. Chavez said his decision to run for Carlsbad City Council is because the community of Carlsbad has been so good to him.
“I’m blessed and fortunate,” he said. “I’ve succeeded, and now it is my turn to give back to the community and try to make it a better place for all of us.”
Chavez is a 2004 graduate of Carlsbad High School. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminology and criminal justice from Arizona State University. After college, Chavez worked for two years as an Eddy County Sheriff’s Deputy; he has also spent five years in the sheriff’s reserves. Chavez then went to work for the National Enrichment Facility near Eunice. He is currently working at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant as a radiation tech
Chavez said stories of his grandfather, Samuel Olguin, inspired him to develop a similar interest in local government. As an elected official, his focus will be on public safety issues and infrastructure.
J.J. and his wife, Kim, have two children, Kaydence and Krista.