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NM State Senator District 12

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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    Jay C Block
    (Rep)

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    Candace Thompson Gould
    (Rep)

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    Phillip Ramirez
    (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?

Campaign Phone 505-659-8140
Campaign Email tj@blockforsenate.com
Campaign Website http://blockforsenate.com
Occupation County Commissioner & Nuclear Operations Consultant
USAF (ret) Lt Col/combat veteran trusted with our nation’s nuclear codes. I commanded on foreign soil representing our country partnering with our allies on national security issues. I am also a leader in private industry leading teams & business development efforts helping grow our market from two dozen employees to 200. Lastly, I am currently serving on the Sandoval County Commission, implementing policies helping the county/Rio Rancho become the fastest growing and safest place for families.
My top priority is public safety. NM was just named the most dangerous place to live, we need strong leaders in Santa Fe to pass stronger criminal laws that actually keep people in jail instead of putting them back on the street putting people at risk. I firmly believe if we had bail, stop catch & release, had harsher laws for violent criminals/drug dealers, tougher judges & better programs to treat mental health/substance abuse, our crime rates and homeless problem would decrease significantly.
New Mexico must invest in desalination like other states have successfully done. We are blessed with huge aquifers across the state that can transform our agriculture, ranching and mining industries. This is a huge opportunity that integrates with economic opportunities that will help enable and grow our rural areas, providing a much-needed boost to our farmers and ranchers who are struggling today.
We must pass tougher laws holding drug dealers/violent criminals accountable. We are tired of seeing multiple news stories of repeat criminals committing crimes & becoming more aggressive because of catch and release. Too many businesses have shut their doors due to high criminal activity leaving our state and we lose those jobs. Lastly, we must provide police officers incentives to stay on the job and other incentives to recruit qualified officers due to the current shortage in law enforcement.
We have accomplished this in Sandoval County working with developers and builders in partnership with local government to build affordable housing for those in need. However, I think on a national level, prudent fiscal and economic policies will prevent high interest rates, record inflation, supply chain issues, workforce shortages, less regulation on business and a competitive and trained workforce will push families up the economic ladder to be able to afford the American dream, a home.
First, we need safe communities for business to invest so families relocate here. Second, we must improve our educational system from last in the nation because companies realize how important education is to the employee’s children. Third, we must focus on in-demand labor categories by training our workforce to help capture those markets and jobs. Lastly, we must reduce regulation & revamp our unfriendly business tax code and implement a tax code that is competitive with our neighbors.
Maybe that’s a question to answer when we no longer live in a state that is labeled the most dangerous for our families and our education system isn’t the worst in the nation. We also have poor healthcare opportunities where New Mexicans have to leave the state for treatment, just like the Governor does. Maybe if we can fix just those three to start you might change my mind. But right now, why pay legislators who have failed the people miserably?
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 10454
Albuquerque, NM 87184
Campaign Phone 505-269-7711
Occupation Executive Director
Previously serving in the state senate has given me a deep understanding of the legislative process. I have successfully authored and co-authored numerous bills, supported our police and firefighters, and fought for important causes in my district. 50 years in small business have equipped me with a strong understanding of the needs and challenges facing our local economy. My 18 years as a foster child advocate have given me a unique perspective on our vulnerable populations.
Improve public safety by addressing crime, strengthening the education system, and securing our borders. End the harmful catch and release policies and continue supporting our law enforcement. Ensuring a quality education for every child is key to creating a prosperous and safe community. Advocate to return the National Guard to our border and ensure border patrol has the resources required to secure the border.
Investing in our state's water infrastructure should be a top priority. Ensuring New Mexicans have access to clean water and ample water resources and rehabilitating our water infrastructure.

The safety and well-being of our communities and citizens is crucial for a growing society. We must End catch and release policies which allow individuals arrested for certain crimes to be released without bail, which has had unintended consequences. This has led to repeat offenses and increased danger to the public. As a state senator, I will work to repeal this policy and ensure that proper measures are taken to ensure the safety of the community while also upholding the rights of the accused.
As a state senator, I will encourage partnerships, streamline regulations and reduce red tape making it more friendly and cost effective for homeowners, and increase funding and resources in a fiscally responsible manner.

Implementing policies and initiatives to attract new businesses and foster growth in existing industries. This includes streamlining the regulatory process and investing in infrastructure and workforce development.
I do not support legislature salaries. Our government was not designed to have career politicians that rely on their elected positions for their income. I support NM’s citizens legislator that attracts those willing to serve their communities.
I am currently the Vice Chairman of the construction commission for CID representing the GB 98 con-tractors. I will bring the knowledge from this commission to the State. I will use my construction experience to fight for trades. I currently run our family small business which has given me the tools and education to fight for small businesses.
Bringing trades into the school curriculum. If we get with local unions, AGC and ABC to streamline education and start training during the Junior year of high school this will give these young adults the ability to start a career at a higher pay. I would work with public education systems to bring diverse classes to the high school setting. increase the budget for public educators to higher local trade teachers to teach during the day.
As a UA member and signatory UA local 412 contractor, I was invited by the union to meet for the water conservation coalition. We discussed the implementations of capturing rain water and reusing it for irrigation and grey water for toilet fixtures.
Work with local and state law enforcement entities to discuss the laws that need to be changed to sup-port their efforts on reducing crime. Work on the state budget to find money to help recruit more people to become sworn officers. Provide incentives for added behavioral education and degrees. Work with community members to ensure that the public safety needs are met.
I would work with realtors to see if the current programs are working. If not, I would rely on them to help create programs that meet the needs. Currently my son and all students who will be graduating this year would not have the opportunity to purchase a house at the current market and interest rates which is troublesome.
By investing in small businesses. These small businesses can contribute to the diversity of our local economy.
There are pros and cons for paid legislators. To understand if this is a good fit for New Mexico, I would need to see how it compares in a presentation. Paid legislators does allow for folks from all walks of life to run for office and represent New Mexicans.