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NM State Representative District 25

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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    Denis Litvinenko
    (Rep)

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    Cristina S Parajon
    (Dem)

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Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 36746
Albuquerque, NM 87176
Campaign Phone 505-550-5765
Campaign Email parajon.for.nm@gmail.com
Campaign Website http://www.parajonfornm.com
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Born in Albuquerque, I love my State deeply. My parents taught me the values they learned as UNM Lobos, working not “on” or “for” but “with” the community. I’ve brought this value to the work I led at the City and State on some of the largest projects on homelessness and healthcare. I am committed to my community, which is why I came back home after receiving a BA at Harvard and an MA in Economics and Business made possible by scholarships. It would be my honor to continue representing you.
With over 350,000 New Mexicans facing housing instability, the housing crisis affects us all. It is up to us, the community and decision-makers to craft policy with data, humility, and intention. One 2016 study by UNM revealed that for every $1 our City invests in housing someone, we earn back $1.78. Plus, once housed, almost 90% stay housed for more than a year. The smartest way to solve homelessness is housing through voucher programs or by building more affordable housing.
I would ask groups like ABCWUA and the Middle Rio Grande Water protection groups to lead on real actionable plans that directly relate to their communities. Additionally, our state agencies, such as the Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission, need resources to get their jobs done– including updated technology to collect the right data. Finally, measures that protect our water no matter what happens at the federal level.
It is our responsibility to foster a safe environment for ALL New Mexicans. There are some successes I’ve taken part in like CABQ’s Violence Intervention Program that works with the individuals most at risk of committing crime and the passage of HB129 that increases the waiting period for a weapon. However, we’ve begun to criminalize some of our most vulnerable neighbors, failing to see the data-proven policies that improve public safety – a living wage, access to treatment, and stable housing.
I am a strong advocate for housing, having worked in homelessness for the past 5 years with CABQ, non-profits, and UNM, and now working for NM Legal Aid and the Abq Affordable Housing Coalition. My most meaningful learnings come from people experiencing housing instability themselves. I will continue to sponsor legislation to address the housing crisis including the $50m we allocated to the Mortgage Finance Authority for developments and prevention policies that provide protections for renters.
As a young person, many friends left NM looking for jobs. I am invested in creating opportunities here at home by: (1) Boosting entrepreneurship and training, which is why I sponsored HB 303 to provide a stipend for Career Technical training. (2) Creating green jobs. We are 2nd in Solar potential but 15th in Solar production, we should leverage federal funds and spur climate investment. (3) Investing in public education and addressing the roots of poverty to make New Mexico a talent hub.
While it’s beautiful that we volunteer, it’s not practical or fair. My good friend would make a great legislator – public service on the weekends, esteemed accountant, a good leader and mentor. But when the opportunity to run arose, he told me he couldn’t-- not with 2 kids and without a salary. We need to pay our legislature so that elected office is meaningfully accessible to EVERYONE. This will make our body more representative of our state and, in turn, our policies better and stronger.