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NM State Representative District 27

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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    Gregory R Gallegos
    (Rep)

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    Marian Matthews
    (Dem)

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    Greg Seeley
    (Dem)

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Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 20083
Albuquerque, NM 87154
Campaign Phone 505-227-9405
Twitter @HD27Marian
Occupation State Representative
I am focused, willing to challenge the power structure, if needed, on enacting laws to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans in critical areas like public safety, health care, schools, the economy, children and families, and senior concerns. In my 4 years in the House, I have learned we govern best when we listen to diverse input; provide continuity, not silos; identify unintended consequences; and avoid rigid ideologies in favor of workable, sustainable solutions to our problems.
My top priority is to assure our laws in public safety, families and children, and health care deliver positive, sustainable results. To reduce the power of cartels, strengthen our human trafficking law. To reduce juvenile violence, enact real consequences for serious law-breaking. To increase the number of our health care providers, realign NM tort law with other states’ laws. To improve family outcomes: adopt realistic paid medical family leave that benefits all New Mexicans and fix CYFD.
I’ve served on the Agriculture, Acequias & Water Resources Committee for 4 years. The recent Sackett decision by the US Supreme Court threatens NM wetlands. These critical waters need legal protection. By using technology, the efficiency of agricultural irrigation can be improved, reducing the demands on our water. We must continue to work on a state water plan.
Be tougher: Real consequences for serious juvenile crime and human trafficking. Be more vigilant: Monitor ankle-bracelet release system and demand accountability if it doesn’t protect the public from repeat offenders. Deterrence: copy effective mental health and drug addiction methods. Provide positive opportunities and activities for our kids: sports, clubs, poetry -- whatever it takes so they see themselves as having a great future. Based on new research: Rethink cellphones for kids?
As a Deputy AG, I was on the board of the Mortgage Finance Authority. Housing won’t cost less without changes in land use, construction costs, or how we live. To change, we need creative tax incentives, low-cost loans, innovation credits, connecting homeowners with those wanting to rent unused space. Examples: remote work supports building in rural areas where land is cheaper. Manufactured housing is less expensive, but the law must protect owners from undue increases in land rental costs.
There is unlikely to be a single substitute for our oil and gas income. But an innovative tax credit can built a new industry. LEDA and JTEP programs need more funding. EDD needs more staff. Build infrastructure, including broadband. Reform capital outlay. Encourage foreign trade. Invest in a diverse, skilled workforce, including the trades. Rebuild health care. CNM is innovative in identifying new opportunities. Dare to be clairvoyant? Might spiritual self-improvement start-ups explode?
Of course. This is hard work. Important work. How many $10 billion businesses run with an unpaid management team? COVID reminded me how fragile life is for so many New Mexicans. Legislative sessions are only a part of our job. But even before you pay me, please give me year-round staff support. Someone knowledgeable in the environment, education, children and families, taxes, economic development, transportation, housing, public safety, health care..well I hope you get the idea.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 22004
Albuquerque, NM 87154
Campaign Phone 505-289-0178
Campaign Email greg@gregfornm.com
Twitter @GregforNM
Campaign Website http://gregfornm.com
Occupation Consultant
My adult life has been dedicated to serving my country and community with more than 15 years experience in public service. I've raised three sons here in the district, started a small business, knocked doors to elect Democrats, volunteered for local non-profits and helped secure millions in federal funding for our state. From serving in uniform to the US capitol and city hall, to growing up and raising a family right here gives me the experience and abilities to Represent NM House District 27.
I'm running to bring accountability and change to HD 27, to modernize our state legislature and increase our state's capacity to address 21st century challenges. I'm running to pass Paid Family Medical Leave for working families, to protect our environment, transition to a clean energy economy, to invest in public education, infrastructure, and transportation and build more housing. Our campaign is committed to protecting our democracy and building a more just and prosperous future for all.
I believe we should expand the capacity and resources available to local communities, including the New Mexico Match Fund, to leverage billions of federal dollars for water infrastructure. We should prioritize investments in workforce development and apprenticeship programs to build the infrastructure we need and support capacity building at state agencies and local governments with regulatory missions to protect our precious water, protect the environment and fight climate change.
I support legislation to address the underlying causes of crime, addiction and the homelessness crisis through access to affordable housing, jobs that pay a living wage, free public transit and safe community spaces. I support funding to ensure law enforcement agencies have the resources they need for data-informed responsible policing focused on closing cases. I will support growing promising trauma-informed programs like Albuquerque Community Safety and Violence Intervention Program.
We must act urgently to address the shortage of housing in our state. I support boosting local capacity to accelerate the zoning and permitting process responsibly and equitably to build more housing of all kinds including Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s). We need to invest more into workforce housing funds, bolster community land trusts and land banks, expand housing vouchers and eviction prevention programs and urgently prioritize Transit-Oriented Development.
We need to accelerate NM's clean energy transition by electrifying homes, farms, and businesses and scaling up renewables including access to Community Solar & Microgrids for all our communities. I support growing the State Investment Council’s innovative investments to attract capital in promising industries like space, biotech, clean tech and cybersecurity and support bolstering critical sectors that keep our state healthy and growing like healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits and construction.
I do support paying legislators and will vote to put forward a constitutional amendment as part of a long overdue full modernization of our legislature, including year-round staff, needed to make the people's roundhouse a full co-equal branch of state government. My plan ties members' pay to minimum wage so when legislators pass a raise for themselves, the people of New Mexico get one too and I believe builds political will needed to get to a living wage with automatic inflation-indexed raises.