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NM State Representative District 35

In addition to other duties prescribed by law, representatives enact “reasonable and appropriate laws,” represent the constituents of their district, and serve on standing or interim committees. The legislature meets each year beginning in January. In odd-numbered years, it meets for 60 days; in even-numbered years, it meets for 30 days. The Governor may call special sessions. Candidates must be at least 21 years old and must be a resident of the district from which elected. They serve a two-year term. Representatives do not receive a salary, but they do receive a pre-set per diem and mileage; there is also a pension program for legislators serving a minimum period.Cámara de Representantes de Nuevo MéxicoAdemás de otras obligaciones prescritas por la ley, los representantes promulgan leyes razonables y apropiadas , representan a los electores de su distrito y sirven en comités permanentes o interinos. La legislatura se reúne cada año a partir de enero. En los años impares, se reúne durante 60 días; en los años pares, se reúne durante 30 días. El gobernador puede convocar sesiones especiales. Los candidatos deben tener al menos 21 años de edad y deben ser residentes del distrito donde fueron elegidos. Tienen mandatos de dos años. Los representantes no reciben un salario, pero sí reciben un pago preestablecido por viáticos; también existe un programa de pensión para legisladores que cumplen con un periodo mínimo de servicio.

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    Gabriel Duran Jr

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    Angelica Rubio

Biographical Information

1. What skills, education and prior experiences qualify you for this office?

2. If elected, what are your highest priorities?

3. What changes, if any, need to be made in the tax structure of the state?

4. What would you propose to diversify New Mexico’s economy and promote sustainable economic growth?

5. What reforms would you support to improve New Mexico’s educational ranking?

Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 16553
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Campaign Phone 575-528-8646
Occupation Qualified Broker/ Business Owner/ Substitute Teacher
I believe my diverse background and experiences make me well-qualified for the office of State Representative in District 35. As a father, graduate of New Mexico State University with a BA in Government and a masters degree in Public Administration, military veteran, educator/coach, community advocate, and generational native of my district, I have demonstrated my commitment to serving others and addressing pressing issues facing our district. My inter-generational family ties to the region and longstanding connections to the community have instilled in me a deep understanding of the needs and concerns of District 35 residents. My educational background has provided me the skills to understand the metrics of policy, budgets, and more.
If elected, my policy priorities will focus on supporting our business community, improving our education system, addressing crime and homelessness, mental health, promoting environmental sustainability, supporting marginalized groups, providing opportunities for our youth, and addressing healthcare needs. Additionally, I am committed to prioritizing constituent input, accessibility, and accountability.
It is essential to prioritize fairness, economic growth, and fiscal responsibility. One area where reform could be beneficial is in ensuring that our tax system is equitable for all residents and businesses, avoiding undue burdens on low- and middle-income families while ensuring that corporations pay their fair share. Furthermore, simplifying the tax code and reducing bureaucratic red tape could streamline the process for taxpayers and encourage compliance. This could involve revisiting deductions, exemptions, and credits to ensure they are targeted effectively and promote economic growth. Moreover, exploring alternative revenue sources beyond traditional taxes.
I propose leveraging our strengths and investing in emerging industries and innovation. Firstly, we must support existing industries like renewable energy, tourism, and agriculture. This involves incentivizing growth, enhancing infrastructure, and aiding local producers. Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation is also key. Supporting small businesses, simplifying regulations, and creating startup hubs can attract new ventures. Lastly, promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship attracts investment and fosters responsible growth. Prioritizing clean energy and conservation positions New Mexico as a leader in sustainable development.
Increased (Effective) Funding: Prioritizing investment in education across all levels to hire qualified teachers and enhance school resources. Teacher Support: Advocating for enhanced training and development programs to empower educators and attract top talent. Early Childhood Education: Expanding access to high-quality pre-K programs for a strong foundation in learning. Curriculum Standards: Updating standards and promoting innovative teaching methods to meet diverse student needs. Technology Integration: Integrating digital tools into classrooms to enhance learning opportunities. Community Engagement: Encouraging partnerships between schools, families, and communities for collaborative decision-making. It starts at home.
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 2155
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Campaign Phone 575-616-1151
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Twitter @radroguerubio
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Occupation State Director, Vote Run Lead
BA, Government, New Mexico State University MA, Latin American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles
1) Prioritizing climate justice policies that are centered and at the intersection of issues impacting Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color. 2) Transitioning away from fossil fuels, through the lens of furthering our work towards a restorative economy. 3) Updating our constitution to support modernization efforts, specifically to pay legislative salaries, as a tool to make our legislature more equitable and diverse. We currently are the only unpaid legislature in the country. 4) Uplifting policies that provide equitable access to outdoor recreation for youth representing marginalized communities. 4) Elevating mobility justice issues and prioritizing infrastructure programs that provide better support for all.
The NM legislature, in collaboration with advocates from around the state, has made significant progress in making the state tax code less regressive when it comes to tax policy. There are progressive tax measures that have worked to improve the lives of working families and children, making New Mexico now the 9th most progressive tax code in the nation.. But more needs to be done to see further improvements. Tax policy takes time to see significant results, and three things should continue to be priorities: ensuring that corporations pay their fair share, limiting, if not ending unfair capital gains deductions, and targeting and increasing personal income tax cuts for families in need -- this last piece being the most transformationational
I believe in the principles of restorative economy, where we focus on revitalizing and sustaining its natural resources, communities, and cultural heritage while promoting equitable economic opportunities. Here are some key aspects of what a restorative economy could look like for New Mexico: renewable energy development, water conservation and management, sustainable agriculture, green infrastructure, environmental conservation, equitable economic development, cultural preservation, and education and innovation. By embracing these principles and taking concrete actions to promote sustainability, equity, and resilience, New Mexico can transition towards a restorative economy that benefits both people and the planet.
The New Mexico Legislature has made incredible strides by making incredible investments, however, I do not believe that it has gone far enough to address the Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit, for example. Additionally, we had an opportunity to pass, for the first time, the Tribal Trust Fund, which was ultimately killed in the Senate. This trust fund would have provided the start of reparations to native and indigenous communities in this state, which garnered support from all tribes, and then stopped–essentially taking away this opportunity from tribes who have already experienced so much autonomy. When we center native students, we make education better for all. We need to do better in this aspect.