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NM State Senator District 11

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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    Richard Carrion
    (Dem)

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    Linda M Lopez
    (Dem)

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?

The ability that qualifies me for this position is that I am a very detail-oriented person who executes quality work in every situation. I have a good work ethic; problem solving skills and can execute tasks until completed. I'm a decisive leader that can make tough decisions, but at the same time can listen to other opinions. I communicate well with colleagues and people from all walks of life. I enjoy challenges & have developed processes to create positive outcomes and better efficiencies.
Crime. First, we need to invest in our law enforcement agencies by Providing more law enforcement personnel, adequate funding, training, and other technological resources. We also need to explore the passage of legislative bills to help address some underlying factors in relation to crime, such as increase employment opportunities, reduce homelessness, address substance abuse and mental health issues, and provide a better education system. we can reduce our crime with proper legislation.
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To improve public safety, I believe we must invest in our local law enforcement agencies and provide proper training, as well as create an advanced crime prevention program. Creating a mental and substance abuse support programs will also help address public safety in our community. Agency transparency and accountability programs will go a long way to establish public trust as well.
I would like to provide people the opportunity a path to homeownership. Programs that I would support to help families get into a home will include down payment assistance, mortgage assistance, and home buyer education. Two, provide developers some incentives in forms of tax breaks and accelerated permitting process to help and encourage developers to create these affordable housing opportunities. Lastly, we need a well-thought-out government-funded program to provide subsidized housing.
By Investing in education and workforce development programs to ensure that our local workforce has the skills and training needed to succeed. These types of training include vocational training, and apprenticeship programs. Invest in our local small businesses by providing lower taxes. Encourage local entrepreneurship by providing development, guidance, and support.
This is a very complex question; however, I am in support of providing a salary for state legislators. By providing a salary I believe this will attract a diverse range of candidates, including those who may not otherwise be able to afford to serve. It can also incentivize legislators to dedicate their full time and attention to their constituents and their duties, rather than relying on outside sources of income. We shouldn't overpay, but there should be some compensation for their service.
Campaign Mailing Address 9132 Suncrest Rd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Campaign Phone 505-831-4148
Campaign Email lopez4148@msn.com
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During my tenure as State Senator for Dist 11, I have sponsored legislation addressing: limited resources of water; environmental justice issues; issues affecting our acequias/land grants; a fair, equitable and transparent election system via a paper trail for voters in 2006; equitable public education to include students with learning disabilities; assuring access to women's reproductive health care; safety against domestic violence/sexual assault; investing in community to prevent crime.
There are several issues to continue working on: access to healthcare services, access to mental health services, affordable housing/rent, gun safety, drug rehabilitation services, public safety, domestic violence, sexual violence, safety for children. Systems of support need to be rebuilt and given priority via legislation and funding.
NM must update it's laws that protect access to water; hold those who are polluting water accountable; develop a statewide conservation plan; develop a public education plan on water conservation; fund efforts by State Engineer to finish adjudicating water rights. Attention must also be placed on housing/business developments to follow water conservation plan (local government buy-in is needed).
Improving public safety is a continual process. Education/training must happen in all sectors of our community. Police are not the only ones responsible for public safety. We must work on reducing domestic violence/bullying. We must invest in mental health and drug rehabilitation programs. Share information on who/where to call for intervention. Support programs that offer intervention for families in need of services. Public safety is a system that needs support/interaction/funding.
I have introduced legislation to remove state prohibition of local governments to adopt policies limiting increases of rent. I have and will continue to support funding that will increase the number of affordable homes/multi-family dwellings/emergency shelters for the unhoused. Those who are unhoused have been pushed out by a system that does not support them. I will continue to support efforts to increase services for those who are unhoused or are on the brink of becoming unhoused.
NM has already begun the process to diversify its economy. We are investing in solar and air energy. Working with local community colleges, Career Technical Ed in public schools and labor unions we are training the next generation for the new jobs that are growing in the renewable energy sector.
I believe that legislators should receive a base salary for their work. A base salary would enable a different sector of persons to participate. I believe the legislature would see a mix of persons from different income levels that would be representative of who NM is. Those who currently serve can afford to do so because they may be retired, have access to personal funds or are resourceful.