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NM State Representative District 18

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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    Marianna A Anaya
    (Dem)

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    Gloria Sue Doherty
    (Dem)

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    Juan F Larranaga
    (Dem)

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    Anjali Taneja
    (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 1328 Vassar Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Campaign Phone 505-907-5037
Campaign Email info@mariannafornm.com
Campaign Website http://mariannafornm.com
Occupation Organizer & Advocate
I’m proud to run on experience, having passed a variety of legislation through the years as an organizer and policy advocate. I’ve led legislative efforts to repeal the 1969 abortion ban, pass the Voting Rights Act, expand the Human Rights Act and led the coalition to pass Paid Family and Medical Leave. I've taken on some of the biggest battles in the roundhouse and I'm proud to have the endorsement of Representative Gail Chasey and Planned Parenthood Votes NM to be the fearless leader we need.
I'm committed to reducing poverty in our state, having come from a family that has faced it for generations. It's time we raise the minimum wage and pass Paid Family and Medical Leave to ensure families that are facing a crisis have access to economic stability. I plan to join my colleagues in the House to push for universal basic income, which is currently a pilot project for families in some of our lowest income schools where students have some of the highest rates of absenteeism.
First, we must conserve the limited water we have. Since the Supreme Court gutted The Clean Waters Act, we, as a state, must ensure that the Environment Department is supported and funded to temporarily oversee water permitting while we work toward a permanent, coordinated, statewide water permitting system. In addition, we must enforce greater oversight and accountability measures on extractive industries for the harm caused to our community, land, water and wildlife.
I’m proud to have the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Distinction and look forward to supporting a ban on assault weapons and raising the age to purchase firearms to 21. Equally important to public safety is addressing homelessness in a practical and compassionate manner that honors the dignity of unsheltered people while working diligently to provide more housing facilities with wrap-around services. Oversight is critical to resolve the safety issues we have within our current shelters.
If we are serious about improving the quality of life for families in New Mexico while attracting and retaining new workers and industries, we must make bold moves to ensure affordability in the cost of housing. That means more substantial down payment and deposit assistance for buyers and renters as well as expanding the amount of housing available to ensure supply is meeting demand to drive down cost. Most pressing, is repealing the ban on rent control to help those who are trying to get by.
Opportunities for fair and sustainable budget diversification are plenty and include raising corporate income tax rates, increasing income tax on the wealthiest New Mexicans, closing the loophole that allows companies to hide subsidiary money internationally, and enact royalty payments on natural resource extraction. I am proud to have the NM Voices For Children Action Fund endorsement, who are trusted leaders in progressive tax policies that move us away from reliance on oil and gas.
Yes. Our current unpaid legislature makes it difficult for people from underrepresented backgrounds to serve in office- women, LGBTQ communities, parents, and those who are not independently wealthy. If we are serious about oversight of our state budget and fixing systemic issues facing our community, we must support a full-time paid legislature to tackle our toughest issues. Expecting volunteer legislators to do so without staff and while juggling other, full-time jobs is unreasonable.
Campaign Mailing Address 1905 Rita Ct Ne
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Campaign Phone 505-350-2291
Occupation RN/NP
-skills, life experience & passion for this office - PhD in Public Policy and Administration which serves to augment critical skills in policy and budget analysis -I approach policy in a nonpartisan manner; providing testimony -I am a trusted voice, excellent communicator & outcome driven and focused -served on many boards & live in the district for ~ 2 decades. -aware of & have experienced the issues facing us in crime, healthcare, and being unhoused I am committed to serve & to be available.
All things lead to healthcare (HC). Crime, the unhoused, and addiction require behavioral health delivered to their space. My goal is development of healthcommons to provide enveloping of services. Expansion of substance use services. As a panelist for Sen BRL and Sec Becerra's, I have many ideas for HC worker shortages and workplace safety. Already successful in increasing faculty salaries, increasing HED loan payment, we must do more. Rural care focus is imperative to offload urban hospitals.
Support regional water projects and regional water planning. Expand statewide water planning. Study reuse of water and conservation. We must ensure every person in New Mexico has access to clean running water We must care for our forests to prevent wildfires and their subsequent erosions and feeding of landslides/mud to our waterways. Incentives for natural species of plants and water conservation/ecolandscaping. We must be proactive!
This is a complicated problem which requires greater investments in drug addiction and behavioral health programs. We need to provide law enforcement with more resources to address specific type of crimes such as retail theft and burglary. Police must also be supported with community and behavioral health workers for behavioral response. Expand workforce and provide appropriate training First Responder and volunteer rescue agencies assisted with equipment. There is so much to do!
NM has programs to assist individuals and families with down payments and programs with both federal and state funds to build "affordable" housing. We need to continue to invest and expand these programs. We must eliminate the rent competition that has been driving up rates by out of state corporate entities. Incentives for owners to partipate in Title programs.
Incentivize more green and renewable industries. Capitalize on outdoor recreation. Further promote art and culture. Movie production Cannabis Incentives for small businesses start ups Rural tax credit expansion. Agricultural Investment in Vocational training and apprenticeships. Capital outlay improvements Codes for enregy efficient building

New Mexico is the only state left with an unsalaried and unstaffed legislature. In order to attract a greater diversity of people from all income levels, ages and ethnic backgrounds, the State needs to pay a salary commensurate with the time required to serve. Currently, one must be rich, resourceful, retired, or have a flexible employer. This eliminates the ability of many to serve.
Campaign Phone 505-262-0705
I have been active in the district for 28 years with UNM. I support honesty, integrity, and accountability in our government. I am from ABQ. I change policy and work with legislators for change.
We promote our local schools and parents' rights. We support Albuquerque Public Schools. I promote early education and early literacy with the Libros and Read to Me Network. I am in favor of government transparency and accountability through integrity. Our neighborhoods must be safe and welcoming.

Water is needed to live. We must protect acequias and our water sources in NM
We must invite stakeholders to discuss public safety. Our neighborhoods must be safe and welcoming. I have worked on Community gatherings around Halloween and National Nite Out.
I would work with city administrations and seek funding, government and private.
We can do more in renewable energy and supercomputing and high technology.
No. It will take time for the constitutional change.
Campaign Phone 310-503-2544
Campaign Email anjalifornm@gmail.com
Twitter @anjalifornm
Campaign Website http://www.anjalifornm.com
Occupation Physician
As a physician and director of a non-profit clinic that serves the uninsured, I work among and in partnership with community every day. At Casa de Salud, I provide life-saving addiction treatment and accessible reproductive healthcare. I have collaborated with stakeholders and progressive leaders like Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino to advance vital legislation to expand evidence-based addiction treatment in New Mexico prisons and jails. I have organized to advance reforms to increase health access.
All too often, community safety, healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and environmental justice are regarded as disparate arenas unto themselves when, in fact, effective policy must recognize that they are interconnected. I will fight to expand healthcare access for all New Mexicans; to protect our land, air, and water resources; to stabilize affordable housing access; and to shore up community safety. Creating a future that belongs to all New Mexicans will entail a comprehensive agenda.
New Mexico is in the throes of a water crisis, plain and simple. The legislative agenda in 2025 must incorporate bold action to incentivize and support successful regional water planning. Proactive collaboration by the state to help communities design and implement localized water resilience strategies is imperative. The Legislature must also take swift, forward-focused steps to address New Mexico's water debt to Texas.
We must approach the challenge of building community safety with comprehensive and intersectional strategies. Our approach must be proactive and creative rather than merely reactive. I will support innovative and inclusive solutions like expanding evidence-based addiction treatment, harm reduction, and trauma-informed policies; addressing housing instability; strengthening economic stability for working families through Universal Basic Income; and bolstering access to high quality healthcare.
Over 200,000 households in New Mexico spend a third of their income or more on housing expenses. A shortage of affordable housing units will only exacerbate existing rates of economic strife. Caps on rent increases are imperative, and the state must develop partnerships with cities to preserve and expand affordable housing units. Protections for renters must be strengthened. Parameters permitting Additional Dwelling Units should be codified into statute.
The challenge of diversifying our economy offers the opportunity for transformative and visionary undertakings. With New Mexico's poverty rate over 50% higher than the national average in recent years, we must lay the foundation for economic growth with stimuli like Universal Basic Income initiatives. Renewable energy provides a chance to both lead on climate justice and transition into an arena ripe for economic development and returns. Upstream strategies are a must.
The Legislature will be able to optimally serve the interests of New Mexicans at large only when its composition reflects the full diversity of our state's population. The Roundhouse is filled with legislators who enjoy the economic flexibility to assume unpaid work. This formula is inherently limiting. Policymaking must be recognized as an investment of time and labor. Until that happens, the expertise and lived experience of working New Mexicans will be underrepresented in the Legislature.