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NM State Senator District 20

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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    Martin E Hickey
    (Dem)

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    Wayne A Yevoli
    (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?

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Campaign Phone 505-350-2243
Campaign Website http://www.waynefornm.com
Occupation Mechanical Engineer
I am a small business owner with 24 years operating an engineering firm in New Mexico. I have worked in all parts of the state and understand its diverse people and cultures.
My top priorities for my role as senator is working with others in my party and across the aisle to introduce bills on housing and tax reform. The state does not have enough affordable housing for its citizens and the current tax climate in NM is detrimental to small business.
NM has a limited water supply and careful usage and re-use measures must be reviewed and moved forward. In addition, our state has many deep water aquifers but are too salty to use with out treatment. We need to utilize this water and recharge existing aquifers for continued reuse. This will need broad support from the legislature and the state engineers office.
Public safety is paramount to a free society and with the migrant crisis, homelessness and the lack of police in our state has made crime rampant. We need to elect public officials to take a tough on crime approach and pass meaningful legislation to end the revolving door.
More affordable housing is necessary as we are seeing our young families unable to afford the American dream. New Mexico has several affordable housing initiatives but with the current interest rates and lack of housing units, the legislature needs to continue to find ways to help with this need such as public private partnerships.
There are several different areas that needs to be addressed to diversify our New Mexico economy. Some of those items would be removing the gross receipts tax and encouraging reform of the licensing and reciprocity requirements for businesses and individuals entering the NM economy. Without diversity we will continue to be a state dependent on the current institutions, the federal government and the military installations.
I believe that there should be a discussion concerning what is needed for the legislature to complete the job of working for the people at the state level. I would be more open to explore solutions for paid technical and professional staff for the legislators. This would be a way to providing a professional understanding of the problems, gather information for review, and possible solutions facing New Mexicans.