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NM State Senator District 10

Represents a district in the New Mexico State Senate, which has 42 members. In odd-numbered years, the legislature meets for 60 days; in even-numbered years, it meets for 30 days. The Governor may call for special sessions. Senators sponsor and vote on “reasonable and appropriate laws,” represent the constituents of their districts, and serve on legislative committees. Positions are unpaid, except for per diem expenses. Elected for a four-year term.

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    Katy Duhigg
    (Dem)

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    Rudy B Mora
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What abilities do you have that qualify you for this office?

What is your top priority, and how do you plan to address it?

What additional water policies and actions, if any, are needed in New Mexico?

What, if anything, should be done to improve public safety?

What programs or actions, if any, would you support to provide more affordable housing?

How can New Mexico diversify its economy?

Should legislators be paid a salary? Why or why not?

Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 527
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Campaign Phone 505-980-4933
Campaign Email katy@katyduhigg.com
Campaign Website http://Katyduhigg.com
Occupation Attorney
I am an attorney, a policy wonk, and have been involved in policy development in New Mexico for many years. I am the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I frequently help folks craft or re-write legislation so that it meets those Committees' exacting standards, and avoids unintended consequences, while achieving the policy goals that are sought.
Right now my top priority is ensuring that New Mexicans have affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare. In the 2024 Session I passed the Healthcare Consolidation Oversight Act, and am spending the interim working with stakeholders -- the Supt. of Insurance, medical providers, patients and patient advocates -- to evolve this essential oversight that New Mexico has lacked until now. Voting rights, education, public safety, and addressing climate change are also priorities of mine.
Water is a sacred resource, and I am very concerned about the projections I am hearing about water availability in the not so distant future. We should be working with climate scientists to take action now, should be incentivizing agriculture that does not use large amounts of water, and need to continue guarding against policies that prioritize profitability over sustainability.
We need to address root causes of crime like poverty, and substance abuse, but we also can't wait 20 years for results. In the mean time, we need to invest in evidence-based approaches -- not window dressing. Too many of the "solutions" that are pushed these days are things that data shows do not actually change behavior. When we waste our time on things that are not effective, that takes critical funds and energy away from approaches that can actually make a difference.
We need both short- and long-term affordable housing. One of the easier short-term solutions is manufactured housing, but an expansion of manufactured housing will require an update to our statutes to protect the rights of people living in that housing (our current statutes look protective, but lack any enforcement mechanisms). For long-term housing, we need to incentivize developers to invest in affordable housing, and provide wrap around services so that those who obtain housing can keep it.
Transitioning to renewable energy is a great opportunity to diversify our economy. We can and should be the solar and wind energy capital of the nation.
Yes. We are the only state in the nation that does not pay its legislators, and the truth is you get what you pay for. The people's business is too important for an amateur legislature, and not being professionalized inherently undercuts our separation of powers.
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