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NM State Representative District 17

Represents a district in the New Mexico House of Representatives, which has 70 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. Representatives 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 two-year term.

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    Cynthia D Borrego
    (Dem)

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    Joshua Taylor Neal
    (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?

Campaign Phone 505-239-1557
Campaign Email Cynthia4nmhouse@gmail.com
Campaign Website http://cynthiaborrego.com
Occupation Self Employed
2yrs Legislature Incumbent serving Legislative Pensions &Investments, Advisory Tax, Energy &Environment, Economic &Rural, Courts, Corrections &Justice &Housing Committee ‘s; MPA -Public Administration; BS Education; 28+ yrs City/County Planner; 14 yrs. Small Business Owner; Former ABQ City Councilor &President; 1 yr ABC Schools Board Chair; 6yrs. Flood Control Board Member; 11 yrs. Credit Union Board; 8yrs. PERA Board &Chair2x; Elderly Mom Caretaker; Proud Pets Owner; Proven Leadership
Reduction of crime. Fund Police, provide support for training, equipment and new technology. Encourage and expand Community Policing in local communities, so that neighborhoods know and work with their police officers. Fund Afterschool Yourh Programs, and work with &engage our youth in the community.

Utilize Social Media, community surveys, townhalls, email to communicate with constituents, and receive information on issues to develop my position and related vote, by engaging the community.
Water planning for all quadrants of the State is critical. NM should look at future population projections and growth for counties and municipalities, to project and model assumptions estimating our future water consumption. We would use these assumptions to project demand, and determine how New Mexico should estimate future use. I would also encourage xeriscape, utilizing native landscaping and look for new technologies that help use, conserve and reuse water. Stormwater can also be captured.
Crime reduction is a critical element of public safety. Supporting our Police, providing funding, training &technology is imperative in helping to reduce crime. Community Policing is a way the public can get involved to help our officers create a safer community. Developing and working with our youth is an important element for the future, developing programs that keep them involved and off the street are critical. Communities should know and engage local officers &APS to help reach our youth.
Work with local communities to reduce regulatory red tape to build housing. Provide more incentives to building housing for local communities, ie MFA; work with Affordable Housing,Tribal communities, etc to bridge the financial gaps. Educate communities on being more receptive to affordable housing initiatives, that provides a home for the less fortunate and builds the bridge for mental health and provides a pathway to housing, providing stability for many families to thrive.
I believe that small businesses are the backbone of New Mexico’s economy. We should develop and incentivize our small businesses as possible.This will increase jobs, stabilize our communities and help to attract new industries. We also need to create a healthy educational system, which trains our future workforce, either for skilled labor, or higher education. This cycle begins at an early age in our schools, and we need to work on breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
I believe the Legislators needs at the very minimum a part-time Policy Analyst. This individual can help research issues, write bills, and assist with constituent matters. I think at a minimum a higher per diem could help attract a more diverse group of Legislators. It may actually be problematic to pay Legislators, because we become salaried employees of the State rather than elected officials. It may be better to assist with our Legislative costs.
Campaign Phone 505-457-8142
Campaign Email nealfornm@gmail.com
Twitter @nealfornm
Campaign Website http://nealfornm.com
Occupation Civil Engineer
As a Civil Engineer, I design, plan, and oversee construction of infrastructure projects like roads, commercial centers, and residential neighborhoods. My job requires strong attention to detail, critical thinking skills, and problem solving skills to analyze site conditions, ensure compliance with regulations, and collaborate with various stakeholders - all while staying on budget. My skills as an engineer are crucial for addressing the multifaceted challenges facing our state.
Many families do not have hope for a future in NM. High violent crime, poor education, and unaffordable housing drive families away. My top priority is to make NM a place where families thrive. We've got to end catch and release and hold violent criminals until their trial. We need School Choice, so that every kid can go to good schools - no matter their zip code. And we need to invest in infrastructure - creating jobs, building houses, and laying the foundation for economic growth.
NM is not prepared for water shortages. We need robust drought preparedness and response plans to mitigate the impacts of droughts on water availability, agriculture, and ecosystems. Additionally, NM needs $3.3 billion to shore up drinking water infrastructure. I support conservation programs, water reuse and recycling, aquifer recharge projects, & investing in infrastructure like dams, reservoirs, and irrigation systems to help improve water storage capacity and distribution efficiency.
We have all been affected by crime. We need to end catch and release, keeping violent criminals behind bars until their trial. We also need to take a harder stance on organized crime. Let's put more bite into theft penalties and go after groups looting stores, stealing catalytic converters, etc. And finally, let's go after drug dealers and stop them from selling fentanyl on our streets.
Housing affordability is directly tied to housing inventory, but also to the skyrocketing prices of construction. I support tax incentives, grants, or subsidies to developers who commit to building affordable housing units. These incentives can help offset the costs of construction and make it more financially viable for developers to include affordable units in their projects.
Developers are discouraged from investing in NM for two main reasons: 1) the Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) is complex and very expensive, and makes it hard to build an industry here; 2) NM lacks a skilled workforce sufficient to support new industries. We need to reduce GRT or change it to something similar to a sales tax. Next, we need to invest in skilled workforce development programs. That will both raise people out of poverty and make it attractive for industries to invest in NM.
Yes. Without a salary, only those who can afford to work without pay, such as retirees or individuals with significant personal wealth, may be able to serve effectively. Paying legislators will encourage people from various socioeconomic backgrounds to run for office, leading to a more representative government.