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NM State Representative District 70

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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    Ambrose M Castellano
    (Dem)

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    Anita Amalia Gonzales
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

1. What prior experience and/or education have prepared you for this position?

2. Why are you running for this position?

3. What would be your priorities for the next session?

4. What, if any, changes to New Mexico’s tax structure would you support?

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Campaign Mailing Address HC 80 Box 193 C
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Campaign Phone 505-718-9517
Campaign Email anita4newmexico@gmail.com
Twitter @anita4nm
Campaign Website http://anita4newmexico.com
Occupation Deputy Director, NM MESA
I am a mom, an education professional, an Acequia Commissioner, and a proud, multigenerational Norteña. For over 20 years, I have worked with STEM leaders, students, teachers, administrators, public school, industry partners, and higher education institutions to improve and change the lives of students from rural and small-town communities. I have committed my professional career to promoting educational equity and building meaningful collaborations throughout the state. I have always been involved in our community as a volunteer and board member. I completed most of my undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and completed both my bachelor’s degree and MBA at NM Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM.

I am running because we need real change. We need the kind of change that can be counted on to be there for our rural, small-town communities and everyday families struggling to make ends meet. The rising costs of groceries, gas, and housing coupled with the stagnation of wages are felt by all of us. With times as tough as they are, we need someone who helps our financial security. Instead, the incumbent has a record of voting against providing medical debt, against capping pay-day lending, and against reproductive rights. Right now, the well connected are taken care of, lobbyists with corporate clients have a trusted friend, and decisions are being made that hurt us. Northern New Mexico families need someone representing OUR interests.
My priorities are our families priorities. I will go to Santa Fe to support our working families to make ends meet—so it’s easier for us to afford the necessities and have the security of Paid Family Medical Leave when they need it, as one example. I will work to fully invest in education and stand with our local small businesses so they have the tools they need to create new jobs, which we desperately need. Our communities need better healthcare and social services including mental health and addiction treatment programs. And finally, I will champion rural community needs like improved broadband and other infrastructure, and protect our natural resources like water for drinking and agricultural uses.
We should work towards a more progressive system which prioritizes families, small businesses, and our working class. We need to lessen our reliance on changing severance taxes from oil and gas; close corporate loopholes that do not directly relate to job growth; eliminate the many deductions and exemptions for special interests; and increase our capital gains tax. It is important to have a personal income tax system that ensures the wealthy pay their fair share, easing the burden on middle and lower income earners.