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NM State Representative District 30

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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    Victoria Dore
    (Rep)

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    Jared W Secret
    (Rep)

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    Elizabeth Diane Torres-Velasquez
    (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 Phone 505-610-1073
I was a special. Education teacher for 15 years .I e worked as a volunteer on 3 other Candidates campaigns in the past I volunteer in my community with family life radio , beds4kidz ,and at my church
I've got 2 main ones close the border and stop catch and release let the cops do their jobs .I will support laws that help these efforts .
I would need to do more research on this before I would know what way I should go .
Et cops do their jobs stop catch and release c you commit a crime you need to do some time .
This is another area I need to investigate to see what's really needed Get rid of the gross receipts
Get rid of gross receipts tax and use what we have oil and gas .
A stipend at least for the time they spend in sante fe
Campaign Phone 575-317-1189
Campaign Website http://jaredsecret4house.com
Occupation Pastor
27 years of successful leadership experience, in the areas of business management, small business ownership, social work, and pastoral
building bridges between the party line divide by overcoming extremism
any measure that increases our claim to any water source
through empowering police officers professionally and emotionally
simpler loan programs
continued urbanization
maybe. i would need to experience it firsthand to have true opinion
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 91995
Albuquerque, NM 87199
Campaign Phone 505-715-6879
Campaign Email info@torres-velasquez.com
Occupation Retiring UNM Professor
As a lifelong educator deeply committed to social justice and equity, I bring a wealth of experience in addressing the complex challenges facing our communities. My extensive background in education, research, and advocacy equips me with the skills needed to effectively represent the diverse needs of our district. My leadership roles in university governance and community initiatives demonstrate my ability to collaborate and enact positive change.
Nothing is more fundamental to building and maintaining our democracy than ensuring equitable and high-quality education for all New Mexicans. I plan to advocate for increased funding and implementation of the reforms mandated by Judge Singleton in the landmark Martínez and Yazzie lawsuits to improve educational outcomes and support educators. I will collaborate with stakeholders to develop effective strategies addressing root causes of educational disparities and promote student success.
Additional water policies are needed to address water scarcity and ensure sustainable water management. We need a comprehensive approach that responsibly and effectively integrates water management with conservation, equity, and sustainability principles to address the water challenges facing New Mexico today and in the future. A plan must prioritize equitable distribution and allocation of water resources among various users, including tribal and acequia communities and rural areas.
Our communities tend to be close knit and look out for each other. Yet crime and safety issues are very real. Actions we could take proactively are to invest in evidence-based crime prevention programs that address root causes of crime such as poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, and lack of educational and economic opportunities; implement common-sense gun safety; and encourage collaboration and coordination between law enforcement, community, social services, and other stakeholders.
By implementing a combination of programs and actions, policymakers can work towards increasing affordable housing options and ensuring that all residents have access to safe, decent, and affordable homes. This could include Public-Private Partnerships, Homeownership Assistance, Housing Trust Funds, Tenant Protections such as rent stabilization and anti-discrimination policies, Housing Vouchers and Rental Assistance for low-income or unhoused families, and Affordable Housing Developments.
In 2024, we are experiencing unprecedented changes that could create sustainable and diversified opportunities for rural and urban economic growth. For example, we will need an educated workforce with expertise and leadership drive to create solutions to climate change, address our role in new technologies, and sustain incentives for the film industry. We must also foster a supportive ecosystem for health care and health technologies (currently 7% of industries) given our aging population.
It can be hard to recruit legislative candidates, due to income loss. Existing policies of the voluntary legislature shape the culture, age, and composition of our House and Senate. Our policies were created for a different time in our state's history. Valid concerns include the cost of paying legislators and remaining fiscally responsible. Ultimately, a paid salary could be a worthwhile investment in effective governance, democratic representation, and integrity of the legislative process.