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NM State Representative District 52

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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    Doreen Yvonne Gallegos
    (Dem)

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 5305 Superstition Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Campaign Phone 575-649-6325
Campaign Email doreen@doreengallegos.com
Occupation Executive Director, Mesilla Valley CASA
I have served House District 52 for over ten years, bringing the concerns of Doña Ana County to the Roundhouse and championing legislation that directly benefits southern New Mexico. I have worked for over 20 years supporting families throughout the district and surrounding areas, having served as Executive Director of Mesilla Valley CASA for over 15 years. I graduated from New Mexico State University with an undergraduate and master’s degree in Social Work. I serve as Chair of the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee and have worked hard to bring economic opportunity to House District 52. Among many other bills, I sponsored the legislation establishing an Early Childhood Trust Fund.
First, we must ensure that every child in New Mexico has access to the best education possible, from early childhood through college or trade school. That means fully funding the schools and recruiting and retaining the best and brightest educators--and supporting them in the classroom. Next, we must create economic opportunity across New Mexico, incentivizing new industries to invest in New Mexico’s economy and creating new jobs. Further, we must create safe neighborhoods by treating the root causes of crime, like mental illness and substance abuse. Creating more opportunities for treatment - and stiff penalties for violent criminals or criminal misuse of firearms - will help ensure public safety.
We need to update our tax structure to benefit working families, ensure the structure is equitable for all New Mexicans, and still generates the revenue needed to keep providing the services that the residents of our communities deserve. We should be focused on other sources of tax revenue besides the gross receipts tax, which is ultimately a regressive tax.
We need to incentivize new industries to invest in New Mexico’s economy. That might mean incentivizing renewable energy and creating the infrastructure we need to not only create our own energy, but also sell that energy to surrounding states, generating dollars and well paying jobs. We can also incentivize tech companies and angel investors to help grow New Mexico’s economy. Further, we need to dedicate funding to job training and the trades to help prepare workers for jobs that pay a living wage and then some.
To improve New Mexico’s educational outcomes, we have to recruit and retain the best and brightest educators in the country. That means not only compensating them competitively, but supporting them in the classroom, as well. As the responsibilities of educators grow, we need to also grow the support staff and ancillary staff needed to carry out those responsibilities. We also should work on reducing class sizes and the paperwork burden of educators. We can invest resources into community schools, which provide wraparound services to students in need, and provide for the social emotional wellness of students, which increases their academic performance.