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NM State Representative District 68

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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    Nathan T Brooks
    (Rep)

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    Virginia D Gonzales
    (Rep)

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    Charlotte L Little
    (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 505-720-3906
As an executive director of a non-profit organization and a seasoned businessman in Albuquerque, I possess a unique blend of leadership, strategic planning, and community engagement skills. My experience has honed my ability to navigate complex regulatory environments and foster collaborations across various sectors. This role has not only deepened my understanding of the challenges faced by our community but also enabled me to effectively advocate for change and implement solutions.
My top priority is to enhance our district's infrastructure to support economic growth and improve the quality of life for all residents. I plan to address this by advocating for the widening of Paseo del Norte and Unser. Also, I will work to secure funding and support for local infrastructure projects, ensuring they meet the current and future needs of our community. My approach includes collaborating with state and local agencies to streamline processes and reduce unnecessary expenditures.
In New Mexico, water scarcity is a pressing issue that requires innovative and sustainable management strategies. To address this, I support the development of more comprehensive water conservation policies that include incentives for water-efficient practices in both agricultural and urban settings. Enhancing our infrastructure to prevent water loss, promoting the reuse of wastewater, and investing in modern technologies for water management are crucial.
Improving public safety is imperative. I plan to address this by supporting increased funding for law enforcement to ensure that our police departments are well-equipped and adequately staffed. This includes investing in training programs that emphasize de-escalation techniques and community policing. Enhancing public safety also involves expanding mental health services and substance abuse programs to address some of the root causes of crime. Tougher sentencing for offenders is also needed.
Addressing the affordable housing challenge requires a strategic approach that encourages private sector solutions and minimizes government overreach. I advocate for reducing regulatory barriers that often drive up the cost of housing development and discourage builders from expanding their projects. This includes streamlining permitting processes and reducing fees associated with construction, which can lower costs and accelerate the development of new homes.
I propose to enhance our economic landscape by fostering industries such as renewable energy, technology, and tourism, which capitalize on our state’s resources and cultural heritage. Supporting small businesses and startups through reduced regulations and providing tax incentives can also stimulate economic diversity. Also, investing in education and vocational training programs can equip our workforce with the skills needed in emerging sectors, further attracting diverse industries to NM.
I believe that legislators should be paid a reasonable salary to ensure that serving in the legislature is accessible to individuals from all economic backgrounds. A salary makes it feasible for more citizens to consider public service without financial hardship. This can lead to a more diverse and representative governance. Compensating legislators acknowledges the significant time and effort they invest in serving the public, which can promote greater accountability and professionalism.
Campaign Phone 505-859-2677
Campaign Email vgonzalesabq68@gmail.com
Campaign Website http://virginia4nm.com
Occupation Client Services Director/Stand Up Comedian
I have a diverse work history and educational background. As a result, I have the ability to communicate effectively. I am able to face complex issues by providing ideas and or solutions to problems. As a leader, I have demonstrated honesty and integrity. And I genuinely care about the well-being of others.  I empathize with the diverse needs, challenges of our culture, and the society we live in. I am determined to work as public servant and prioritize the needs of my continuants.
I have spoken to many of my neighbors, and they are concerned for the economy, safety, healthcare, and education. In addition, infrastructure, transportation, and homelessness are equally as important. One legislator can't change these issues, however, finding common ground and creating respectful relationships within the Legislature will go far in promoting policy that everyone can agree on that will benefit the community overall.
We are prone to drought, so it affects the water availability and supply. The issue then becomes groundwater depletion. This depletion compromises long-term water sustainability. The domino effect then creates a concern for the agricultural industry. Water is life. It must be protected and allocated in such a way that the people of New Mexico and generations to come have access to good-quality water. This is an area that will focus on when I am in office.
We need to have open and honest discussions about the issues in our city. This is an area of great concern as New Mexico is high on the list of dangerous crime-ridden states in the union. The public must be engaged with local law enforcement agencies and vice versa. Resources and funding must be allocated to recruit, train, and retain highly trained police officers. The revolving door that allows criminals to re-offend and then be released needs to stop.
Inflation affects every area of our lives. Social programs cost money. Providing "affordable" housing elicits more taxation and government funding. This is not an easy thing to fix, and it is not new to the list of challenges we face. It is at the forefront of concerns because of homelessness and the cost of living for everyone. I am in favor of helping those who want to help themselves and any solutions that we can develop to address this crisis.
We need to greatly reduce crime, attract and retain doctors, and promote entrepreneurship and innovation. We should provide support for startups, foster a culture of innovation, and invest in research and development. Also, improve education and workforce development. Attention to infrastructure issues that include transportation, communication, and energy are vital as well. Tourism is also key to our economy. Government, business and private citizens should collaborate to bolster the economy.
A double-edged sword: paying a salary can work towards attracting qualified candidates. They can be focused on their duties full-time without having to worry about financial stability. It can reduce corruption due to less temptation to accept a bribe or conflict of interest money. Conversely, it is another cost to taxpayers. It is also considered a service position that exists out of duty to community and country. This should be considered.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 66431
Albuquerque, NM 87193
Campaign Phone 505-238-0595
Occupation Consultant
For 15 years, I have owned my own small business; served as a Tribal Administrator; and worked as an Administrative Officer for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. I served on the boards of New Mexico Voices for Children, Emerge New Mexico, and San Felipe Pueblo Health Board. I have served House District 68 since 2023 and championed legislation like reproductive health, tax credits for families, public safety improvements, and investments directly into the district.
I prioritized public safety in my last campaign, but when my brother was fatally shot last year in Albuquerque, public safety became my most important priority. I have worked alongside my fellow legislators to champion common sense gun violence prevention legislation: age requirements for the possession of certain weapons, universal background checks, minimizing weapons of war on our streets, and increasing penalties for crimes committed with guns.
Water is top-of-mind in New Mexico, for good reason. We must work to protect our water supply, both in quality and quantity, by utilizing traditional water conservation efforts, prioritizing a clean water supply and tightening regulations on water quality, and ensuring we are on the cutting edge of water conservation efforts in agriculture.
We need to address the root causes of some crime, including mental health and substance abuse, by investing heavily in these areas, especially in increasing the number of treatment facilities and beds available at existing facilities. We must ensure our law enforcement partners are fully staffed and fully trained. We must also pass common sense gun violence prevention efforts as mentioned above.
We must ensure that affordable housing is a top priority for our upcoming legislative sessions. First, we simply need more units, and the state should invest in developing and building more housing that is affordable to everyday New Mexicans, living on New Mexico’s median income. Affordable housing efforts should prioritize infill housing to combat sprawl. We should also strongly invest in programs for first time homeownership programs.
New Mexico has myriad opportunities before it to diversify our economy. We need to work to incentivize companies that both improve our economy and our quality of life, like renewable energy companies. To do so, we must improve infrastructure and train workers in the renewable energy sector. We also have an opportunity to become a leader in industries like electric cars and technology, by incentivizing companies and training workers in these areas.
Currently, the demands placed on legislators make serving in the office incredibly prohibitive for people due to career demands or financial circumstances. The work is not limited to the session; we have ongoing constituent concerns to manage, as well as interim meetings and preparation for the next session. To professionalize the Legislature, we must explore the possibility of paying legislators an appropriate salary to enable legislators to do our jobs.