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NM State Representative District 54

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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    Christian Scott Ehmling
    (Lib)

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    Jonathan Allen Henry
    (Rep)

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 1504 W Missouri Ave
Artesia, NM 88210
Campaign Phone 575-578-8178
Occupation Substitute Teacher
I worked in grassroots elections and activism across the country for nearly a decade, hearing from many regular folks about what matters most to them. I currently serve as the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Eddy County and work as a Substitute Teacher, highlighting my connection with our community. In 2022, I was a candidate for Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, showing my commitment to advancing the values our communities hold dear at large levels.
My highest priorities include election reform (specifically targeting gerrymandering), combating our state's low literacy rates, abolishing New Mexico's personal income tax, and fighting against federal overreach. If we focus on these issues, we will be putting our state on the fast track to success, setting an example for the rest of the nation to follow.
For far too long, politicians from both the major parties have been spending the next generation into poverty, plundering their and their parent's wallets to fund frivolous and wasteful spending. This madness needs to end. My solution is to repeal the personal income tax. This leaves more money in the wallets of regular New Mexicans, giving them more money to spend, save, and invest, as well as boosting our state's economy through brining in new businesses and economic diversification.
Having a business friendly New Mexico means that we have to create that business friendly environment. My Solution is repealing the personal income tax to attract existing business to our state, as well as to help New Mexican entrepreneurs have the money to start businesses. I also believe that we need to cut plenty of red tape in regard to starting a new business, such as lowering licensing fees and abolishing certain requirements to start a business.
I think that coupling community based after school literacy programs alongside expanding a student's right to choice and control over their own education will help New Mexico's children to become lifelong learners. This includes allowing students to attend public schools outside of their district they live in, as well as allowing for more school choice and career training programs in high school. After school literacy programs must be community based and involve students, parents, teachers, and members of our community. It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes everyone to make sure they are educated.
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