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NM State Senator District 38

In addition to other duties prescribed by law, senators enact “reasonable and appropriate laws,” represent the constituents of their district, and serve on standing or interim committees. The legislature meets each year beginning in January. In odd-numbered years, it meets for 60 days; in even-numbered years, it meets for 30 days. The Governor may call special sessions. Candidates must be at least 25 years old and must be a resident of the district from which elected. They serve a four-year term. Senators do not receive a salary, but they do receive a pre-set per diem.Senado de New MexicoAdemás de otros deberes prescritos por la ley, los senadores promulgan “leyes razonables y apropiadas”, representan a los electores de su distrito y sirven en comités permanentes o interinos. La legislatura se reúne cada año a partir de enero. En los años impares, se reúne durante 60 días; en los años pares, se reúne durante 30 días. El gobernador puede convocar sesiones especiales. Los candidatos deben tener al menos 25 años de edad y deben ser residentes del distrito de donde fueron elegidos. Sirven para un mandato de cuatro años. Los senadores no reciben un salario, pero reciben un pago preestablecido por día.

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    Samantha R Barncastle Salopek

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    Carrie Hamblen

Biographical Information

1. What skills, education and prior experiences qualify you for this office?

2. If elected, what are your highest priorities?

3. What changes, if any, need to be made in the tax structure of the state?

4. What would you propose to diversify New Mexico’s economy and promote sustainable economic growth?

5. What reforms would you support to improve New Mexico’s educational ranking?

Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 1556
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Campaign Phone 575-202-2705
Campaign Email
Occupation Attorney
I am a practicing attorney who was born and raised in southern New Mexico, received my education in New Mexico, who believes New Mexico has a ton of untapped potential. I spend my "day job" working to build consensus among various sectors on natural resource matters with the goal of improving our community in everything from the natural environment to clean and safe drinking water, preserving access to water for growing crops, and protection of endangered species. In that capacity, I often work on public policy matters with state and local governments, and regularly perform functions such as drafting of legislation, policy statements, and so on. I also have a special needs daughter, and a son, who attend public school, which I am active in.
Public safety and supporting our local community to ensure security of person and property amid rising crime rates.

Improving access to healthcare and improving healthcare technology, infrastructure, and other related needs in southern New Mexico.

Water and natural resources, agriculture, and protection of the southern New Mexico's access to water.
I am not educated enough to provide a response to this question.
First, a functioning water banking program is required to allow for the return of water rights to the market to support new development. Any new development will need to offset for its impact on the environment. Additionally, I propose funding universities and nonprofits (through grants) to study New Mexico's unique growth opportunities, which change from time to time. Finally, any new growth must take into account the continued viability of New Mexico's culture, which is largely agriculturally based throughout the state. New Mexico has many opportunities for growth that are in harmony with promoting protection of cultural values, such as renewable energy, tourism, and investing in our children (all levels of education).
I support a professional licensing system for educators and those who work in the education profession. With this, I also support providing for continuing education and professional development for practicing educators.

I support increased pay sufficient to produce a recruitment and retention program that works to ensure adequate staffing and support educators in ensuring increased planning time and smaller class sizes.

I support a system of licensure tied to minimum salaries for professionals who support the work of classroom teachers.

I support mechanisms for increased pay with enhanced job responsibilities or training.

I support additional resources for early intervention and pre-K programs.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 2072
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Campaign Phone 575-496-5242
Twitter @Carrie_Hamblen
Occupation CEO/President, Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce
As the incumbent, I bring my experience in the nonprofit world, as a community organizer, as an advocate for small businesses, public lands, and the LGBTQ+ community, my involvement in creating a better quality of life for *every* New Mexican is a priority. I have a Masters in Communication Studies and a Masters in Public Administration. I have been involved in creating change in Las Cruces for over 25 years and my ability to navigate the political landscape to move policies that positively impact people has been demonstrated in my last 4 years in office.
With the over 500 anti-trans and queer bills being introduced all over the country, I will continue to advocated for policy that protects the queer and trans community, a community that considers suicide every 45 seconds. I will also continue to push for jobs in our rural communities, cleaner air, land, and water for communities of color and indigenous peoples, and reducing our dependence on oil and gas while creating more renewable energy jobs for those displaced as we move toward a more sustainable energy source.
We have begun to make significant strides in changing the tax structure in the state to be more equitable. We made adjustments to the Personal Income Tax Brackets that will lower taxes for low- and middle-income New Mexicans, while not raising taxes on any income group, replaced the current two-tiered Corporate Income Tax rate structure with a flat rate of 5.9%, added over 5000 healthcare practitioners to be eligible for the rural health care income tax credit of $3000, and much more. Although we are finally making strides for a more equitable tax structure, we still have a way to go. I believe we need to assess how people are positively impacted by the changes in the tax structure and modify them accordingly and in a timely manner
We need to continue to look at industries that create sustainable jobs while supporting those communities who are experiencing poverty. Working with our community colleges and unions to provide more training and certification programs to address our states' needs rather than outsourcing our jobs. We should focus growing our job sector in Outdoor Recreation, more renewable energy, and other industries that we rely on for out of state businesses rather than nurturing our own job growth.
I think we are finally moving closer to improving our ranking but we still need to not only support our teachers and students with more resources, but also look at the outlying factors that impact learning like homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, domestic violence, and mental health. If we ignore the external circumstances that also affect learning, then we will just continue to walk through mud to get to our goal and never really see the results we know we can achieve.