District 2 - Tessa Abeyta-Stuve

Biography

Early Life

Tessa Abeyta-Stuve is a native New Mexican who was raised in Los Alamos. She was drawn to Las Cruces via New Mexico State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Government in 2009. 

Family

Tessa met her future husband, Todd, while working together at a local restaurant. In 2008, they welcomed twin boys, Elliot and Lucas. In 2013, the Stuves completed their family with the addition of their daughter, Persephone. 

In 2020, Tessa will begin her first term in office for Las Cruces City Council. She is proud to be raising her family in such a vibrant and diverse district. 

Employment

Tessa works very hard to instill a family motto in her children, “Be a good human and make the world a better place”. It was from this motto that as the children grew, Tessa worked to become a community advocate. She has served on numerous boards including the Executive Board of Directors of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, Border Servant Corps, and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) of her children’s elementary school.

Tessa worked as a lobbyist for the Child Advocacy Centers (CAC), where she was instrumental in helping pass legislation to place the CACs in the statute. She also worked to secure funding for them and the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.

City Charter Section 2.04 General Powers and Duties

All powers of the city shall be vested in the council, except as otherwise provided by law or this Charter, and the council shall provide for the exercise thereof and for the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the city by law.