After thorough review of the candidates’ APS candidate surveys and the APS candidate forum, we chose to endorse these candidates in District 2 and 4. These candidates are aligned with our four guiding principles: Excellence, Options, Transparency and Innovation. We believe that the following Education Champions will bring necessary change to Albuquerque Public Schools to ensure that every child has access to an education that prepares them to be the future leaders our city and state need. They have demonstrated through their responses that they are committed to improving student outcomes in New Mexico’s largest school district.


Peggy Muller-Aragon

District 2

Known for putting students first, Peggy Muller-Aragon has served as a member of the APS Board since 2015. After graduating from Albuquerque’s West Mesa High School, Peggy earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in education administration from the University of New Mexico. Peggy’s passion for education and student success can be seen in her 26 years of service as an APS classroom teacher. Most recently, Peggy served as Vice President of the APS Board and contributed to the historic launch of the APS Strategic Plan: Emerging Stronger. As a board member, Peggy will continue to put students first, focus on improving student outcomes, and ensure parents have access to timely information about their students’ academic success.

Steve Cecco

District 4

Steve Cecco is a longtime resident of Albuquerque. For three decades, Steve has lived in APS District 4 with his wife, Faye. Together, Steve and Faye have four children who have all attended Albuquerque Public Schools. A devoted family man and small business owner, Steve is deeply invested in his community. His commitment to Albuquerque shines through his involvement in several meaningful projects, including the Title1 homeless project and Feed New Mexico Kids. In addition to his community involvement, Steve serves as the President of his trade association. He has also shared his expertise and leadership as a scout troop leader and a coach for his children’s sports teams. With deep roots in Albuquerque and a passion for serving others, Steve Cecco understands the needs of APS District 4 and is ready to prioritize student success as a board member.