Maria Antonia Baldon, matriarch of a large and distinguished family in Tortugas, celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday night, May 2, in the recreation Hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Tortugas. The dinner-dance function was jam-packed with family members, politicians, community leaders, friends, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Among the politicians in attendance were Sen. Mary Kay Papen, Rep. Mary Helen Garcia, Judge Oscar Frietze, Judge Olivia N. Garcia, Judge Kent L. Wingenroth, County Treasurer David Gutierrez, and former Sheriff candidate Ralph Misquez. Ms. Baldon is highly influential in Tortugas, active at monthly Saturday meetings held to discuss local community issues. Her advice and support are eagerly sought by politicians running for local, state, and federal positions. She often works with a small group of dedicated women living in or near Tortugas who support various civic causes and candidates.