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NM State Representative District 24

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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    Ann L Edenfield

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    Elizabeth L Thomson

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 505-554-6698
Occupation Resigned Nonprofit Executive Director 28+ years
For 28+ years I ran a nonprofit whose mission was transforming lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration. We won NM & Nat’l Awards, had a 4% recidivism rate &100% of our children who attended 10+ meetings in a school year progressed to the next grade. Because of my work with families of prisoners & inmates I have a unique perspective about how to cut crime, the importance of reading by 3rd grade, & how to educate families to become law-abiding, productive members of society.
Education is the key to cutting crime & it starts with our children. We MUST teach children to read by 3rd grade where are taught to read. After that they must read to learn. If they can’t read, they can’t learn. Our money is far better spent on prevention than rehabilitation. 1 in 4 adults have a criminal record & 1 of 2 families will have a close family member incarcerated. Our top priority for all of us should be working with all children to nurture & educate them & teach them to read.
I believe in respecting traditions of protecting our acequias & maintaining strong relationships with other states to preserve what we can to protect our water for NM. Every acre foot of water preserved for New Mexico will help contribute to our economy & well-being of our citizens today & in the future. I will need to educate myself on current policies & possible future actions regarding water use as we need clean water availability for the long term & safe disposal of waste & contaminants.
First & foremost, we must respect police officers & law enforcement officials. Laws must be consistently enforced. The next steps are more difficult as they involve our court systems & correctional facilities. Children of prisoners are the most likely to become offenders. I believe in education & preventative approaches which are far less costly.
NM needs a lifechanging approach to housing to support individuals with behavioral, addictive, or other issues by providing social support & educational programs. Until they are taught new ways of surviving & living, people often go back to old habits & patterns. “Affordable Housing” should require upkeeping & maintaining the property & involvement in educational classes & support services. Successful models in Finland & should be reviewed.
I need to review & study impediments to employment, tax structure, & other issues that may be hindering diversity to our economy. We need more educational opportunities for our children so they remain in NM & are trained assets to the workforce. We need incentives like scholarships to keep college & medical graduates in NM after graduation. Once our educational ratings, crime statistics, & other negative ratings go down, NM sells itself for its beauty, weather & unique diversity of culture.
Yes. I could never have run my non-profit & done a good job as a candidate, much less a legislator. We need an independent, diversified group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds to provide insight & expertise on the many issues facing our state. I can see that being a legislator really could be more than a full-time job if one is truly reading about the issues, listening to the public, & attending essential meetings on a regular basis.
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