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NM State Senator District 30

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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    Angel M Charley
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    Clemente Sanchez
    (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 Mailing Address PO Box 209
Acoma, NM 87034
Campaign Phone 505-315-3149
Campaign Website http://angelfornm.com
Occupation Executive Director
I bring a wealth of experience in executive leadership, advocacy, community engagement, and lived experience that make me well-suited to serve in this office. My tenure as the former Director of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women sharpened my skills in managing a large-scale organization and overseeing substantial budgets, ensuring fiscal responsibility and leading transformational changes for Indigenous survivors of systemic oppression.
Our district has significant needs, and I aim to champion all of these issues in the legislature. Some of the most urgent priorities are the lack of jobs and economic opportunity, the lack of accessible healthcare, the rising costs of groceries and gas, and the critical need to protect our water. As Senator, I'll advocate for economic growth, healthcare access, transportation solutions, and rural infrastructure investment for our district.
In New Mexico, we need policies to manage water resources effectively. Concerns about water-bottling companies in Valencia County highlight the need for community involvement in water decisions. I'll oppose actions that exploit shared resources without local input and advocate for ensuring safe water access across the entire state, protecting these vital supplies for future generations.
I will focus on fully funding education and expanding healthcare services, including mental health and addiction treatment. I advocate for better infrastructure and economic opportunities in rural areas, ensuring equitable service access. Additionally, protecting natural resources and guaranteeing clean drinking water are crucial for community health and safety. My background in advocating for women and children’s safety through policy reform highlights my commitment to these priorities.
I support collaborating with community leaders and housing justice experts to develop solutions for affordable housing. I will advocate for increased funding for low-income housing, protections against unfair evictions, and incentives for affordable unit construction. Additionally, I will support programs to combat homelessness and initiatives to increase homeownership through down payment assistance and affordable mortgages.
To diversify New Mexico's economy, we must support the expansion of renewable energies, invest in technology startups, and enhance tourism. We must also improve education in STEM and digital skills, support the growth of. our film and media industry, and invest in healthcare and workforce training programs. These strategies will reduce reliance on oil and gas, creating a resilient, broad-based economy fostering job creation and sustainable growth.
Yes. Paying legislators is essential for a diverse, representative government. It enables individuals from all walks of life, not just the retired or wealthy, to run for office. This inclusivity enriches our democracy by bringing expansive perspectives to policymaking, enhancing the effectiveness and representation. By compensating lawmakers, we support people who might not otherwise participate, ensuring our legislature truly reflects New Mexico’s demographics and needs.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 623
Acoma, NM 87034
Campaign Phone 505-290-0591
Campaign Email cszrunner@gmail.com
Twitter @@sencsanchez
Campaign Website http://clemente4NM.com
Occupation Retired/ Part-time Consultant
Was the State Senator for District 30 from 2013 - 2020. Served as Chair of Corporations & Transportation Committee and Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee. Served as a member of LFC and Legislative Council and Rules Committee. Have a Bachelor(BBA) and Master(MBA) degrees. Retired form NMSU as Director of the Small Business Development Center and retired from banking where I served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Bank of NM and Senior VP of TBK Bank.
Improving our educational outcomes. Make sure the funding is there and that everyone works in collaboration such as unions, PED, administrations, students, parents and the private sector to improve outcomes. We need to make decisions at the local level.
This is an area that is not my expertise but rely on my colleagues for guidance and advice on what is good policy where it protects our limited water supply living in such an arid climate. What I do know is that we need to protect our water from us having to give it to other states.
We need to support our law enforcement and fund them adequately and respect them for what they do. We also don’t need to let violent criminals with extensive records out on our streets but we have to treat them humanly when they are incarcerated.
Work with developers, realtors, bankers etc. to build housing that is affordable and look at or build programs to purchase homes and build wealth rather than just having a roof over their heads. Need to work and have programs that will help with social issues that will allow people to reside and stay in their homes.
We need to work with Economic Development Organizations on recruitment and in particular manufacturing of renewable products and other products. We need to make it easier and attractive for company’s to move into our state.
The voters of the State of NM will determine this. Legislators are public servants and us as candidates know what we are getting into when we sign up for these races and that’s that we are not paid. Legislators need staff to help with constituent work but it also needs to be carefully looked at that those positions are not being used for personal or campaign work.