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United States Representative District 3

This person represents New Mexico in the United States House of Representatives.The House has 435 members elected from districts based on population. New Mexico is entitled to three members. Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a United States citizen for seven years, and must be a resident of New Mexico. Representatives are elected by district for a two-year term.Cámara de Representantes de los Estados UnidosEsta persona representa a New Mexico en la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos. La Cámara tiene 435 miembros elegidos por distritos según su población. New Mexico tiene derecho a tres miembros. Los candidatos deben tener al menos 25 años, ser ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos durante siete años y ser residentes de New Mexico. Los representantes son elegidos por distrito durante un período de dos años.

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    Sharon E. Clahchischilliage

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    Teresa Leger Fernandez

Biographical Information

1. Why do you want to run for this seat?

2. What are the most important issues facing Congress in the next two years?

3. How would you address them?

4. What actions, if any, should Congress take regarding immigration?

5. What, if anything, would you do to improve the functioning of Congress?

Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 2149
Shiprock, NM 87420
Campaign Phone 505-686-0836
Campaign Email
Twitter @SharonforNM
Campaign Website
Occupation Public Servant
There is a lack of representation in preserving the voice and livelihood of New Mexico constituents from out of touch politicians and failed leadership,
Inflation, over regulation, decline of quality education, affordable and available health services, effective land management, water and agricultural advocacy and the funnel orchestrated by the progressive agenda, at the border.
Advocate for minimizing over regulation, shutting down the border, and only allowing for strict, vetted legal immigration. This will stop illegal human and drug trafficking that are destroying New Mexico's communities.
Address the laws regarding the border and enforce them.
Win the Congressional District 3 election! Encourage congressional members to minimize their obsessions with personal agendas and concentrate on addressing the needs of their constituents.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 2675
SANTA FE, NM 87504
Campaign Phone 505-604-6751
Campaign Email
Twitter @@TeresaForNM
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God’s plan is for us to prosper, have hope and a future. My job in Congress is to help create that prosperity, hope and future for NM by creating opportunity and investing in hard-working families. I’m running for reelection because I want to continue to fight for our communities. In Congress, I have secured billions in funding for infrastructure, broadband, manufacturing; millions for community projects, including clean water projects; invested the most in rural America since the New Deal; passed the largest climate investments in U.S. history, and lowered prescription drug prices. I represent New Mexicans, regardless of party, and I know that together we can build a prosperous, hopeful future for us all.
We must expand access and bring down energy and health care costs. We must address income inequality where the wealthiest CEOs and corporations don’t pay their fair share. We must make housing affordable so our families can live in the communities they love. We also face a grave threat to our democracy as the Republican presidential candidate has denied election results, proclaimed he would be a dictator on day one, and would seek revenge on political opponents. We must protect women’s freedom to reproductive health care. Women need health care, not handcuffs. We must also address Social Security to ensure the promise we have made to working Americans who have paid into the system is kept for generations to come.
I’d lower healthcare costs by expanding prescription drug caps, increasing access to healthcare in rural NM, and strengthening the Affordable Care Act. The wealthiest and corporations must pay their fair share and we must make the Child Tax Credit permanent. I’ve introduced a Home Of Your Own Act and funded homeownership programs for NM. To protect democracy and voting rights we must pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the key provisions in it I authored for tribal voters. I cosponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act and will fight Republicans’ attempt to enact a federal abortion ban. I cosponsored Social Security 2100, which would have the wealthiest pay Social Security taxes, increase benefits, and keep the program solvent.
We need to reform our broken immigration system, which includes strengthening the security of our borders and providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and law-abiding undocumented workers currently in our country. Reforming our immigration system would be a $1.3 trillion dollar benefit to the US economy. My first year in Congress the House passed on a bipartisan basis the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Worker Modernization Act, and the No Ban Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion. Sadly, extreme Republicans blocked these bipartisan measures and recently House Republicans and Trump killed another bipartisan border deal. We need solutions not political maneuvering on this important issue.
I was trained as a rebellious lawyer. Which means, I was trained to listen. I have taken this with me to Congress - where I both bring the voices and learnings of our NM communities and do the work to listen to my colleagues and find common ground where possible. The more we listen to each other, the more I believe we can get done. The vast majority of the legislation I have introduced and passed in the House and into law was bipartisan. Fundamentally, though - we also must recognize that the functioning of our Congress is tied to our access to democracy. We must protect and reform our democracy and ensure that every single eligible voter can access the ballot box. That is how we ensure that our democracy works for all of us.