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NM State Representative District 20

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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    Meredith A Dixon

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    John Douglas McDivitt (write-in)

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 505-401-8339
Occupation Consultant
To be successful in the legislature, one must work together and be collaborative. During the past four years in which I have represented House District 20, I have proven my commitment to progress over partisanship and have demonstrated my ability to work together for change. In addition, I am focused on solving problems, serving my constituents, and making informed policy decisions all of which, I believe, are essential.
My top priorities are increasing public safety, diversifying our economy, and improving child well-being in New Mexico. These, like many issues, are intertwined.
Water security is one of the most critical issues facing New Mexico and our state must continue to invest in opportunities for water conservation, water efficiency, and water reuse. Second, our budget can support the development of water infrastructure and leverage federal funds. Finally, the state should encourage, through our universities, laboratories, and private partners, the research and development of water technologies that will safeguard, manage, and expand our precious water supply.
Improving public safety requires a holistic approach from tackling systemic causes, to ensuring swift and certain justice. I have fought for record investments in housing, behavioral health care, and proven poverty-reduction programs to tackle the root causes of crime. In addition, I have spearheaded efforts to establish the law enforcement recruitment and retention fund. Moving forward, we must continue to invest in these programs, but also evaluate programs’ effectiveness and impact.
New Mexico lacks both affordable and below-median-price housing units. Last year, the legislature appropriated over $200 million in funding for housing infrastructure development, mortgage assistance, and affordable housing. Further, the state can work with local jurisdictions to streamline processes, support regional housing initiatives, work with landlords to increase participation in housing programs, and support access to wrap-around services at transitional housing.
Our economic development department’s 20-year strategic plan identifies nine sectors in which New Mexico has a competitive advantage. We must continue to invest in a robust economic development department that has the resources to foster, build and attract those sectors, expand services for our entrepreneurs, align our workforce needs with our public and secondary education institutions, and support policies like the Angel Investment Tax Credit and Opportunity Enterprise Fund.
Legislators deal with complex issues and need the time and support to be fully engaged, research and weigh policy options, and serve constituents. Unfortunately, without compensation, it is unrealistic for members whose families rely on their income to devote the same time and energy as someone who is retired or independently wealthy. Citizens should demand 21st century representation–meaning thoughtful, engaged, informed, diverse, compensated and staffed legislators.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 51001
Campaign Phone 505-524-2229
Twitter @tvukich47
Occupation Homemaker
My background includes being a wife, a mother, a veteran, a foster parent, and a former small business owner. I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility, the need for effective resource allocation, and the ability to navigate complex regulations. I'm also experienced in managing difficult tasks and working collaboratively with others. I'm committed to leveraging my skills and experience, reducing bureaucratic hurdles, and fostering an environment conducive to economic growth.
My district is my number one priority. Immigration, economy, taxation, crime, and education are all important, critical and inter-dependent factors to a thriving community. I plan to address each with a practical, problem solving approach to promote accountability and ensure that any policies I advocate for are fair and equitable for all.
Water is a critical resource in New Mexico. Several studies show we are unable to sustain the current resource use model. We need to fund further studies and characterization of available water sources, including brackish water, and draft responsible plans for appropriate development and use. We cannot afford frivolous or ineffective legislation. It must be sensible and science-based.
Police are often the first responders. We need to equip and empower officers, and expect them to act on crime. Additionally, allocating sufficient resources for mental health professionals to work alongside police officers can provide a more holistic approach to addressing the underlying issues. Lastly, we must enforce existing laws, and stop Catch and Release. We must ensure that those found guilty of a crime are held accountable for their actions.
Government spending, taxation and inflation drive costs for everything, including housing. More spending is not the solution. Responsible spending and lower taxes/utilities/fuel costs create a competitive environment and market for housing for all. We should promote affordable housing through responsible governance.
We need to make New Mexico an attractive, crime-free place for businesses, an environment where they can pursue industry without undue regulation, taxes and utility costs. Lower government spending and regulation, less taxes, and lower fuel costs benefit everyone and promote commerce.
Paying legislators a salary can attract qualified individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford the financial burden of serving in public office. It also helps to ensure that legislators can focus on their duties without the distraction of basic financial concerns.
Campaign Phone 505-369-1174
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Occupation Retired Naval Officer
I have experience in both the public and private sectors as a naval officer and defense contractor as well as a career as a financial consultant. I have been able to work with a diverse group of people over the years to help set priorities and accomplish goals accordingly. My time spent in government service has given me a real appreciation for what the government should do and most importantly what it should not do. I am a huge believer in using government as a last resort not the first.
My top priority is to make retiring in New Mexico something most Americans will want to aspire to. We already have nearly unbeatable weather and a more reasonable cost of living. What we now need is better health care infrastructure and improved public safety. Removing taxes on services will help with the first and placing a higher priority on recruiting and training law enforcement officials will help with the second. The courts must be firmer with repeat criminals and incarcerate them.
The politics of water has cost New Mexicans dearly for decades. It's time to let the free market determine the rationing of water resources.
This is a problem that should be dealt with at the city and county level. The legislature should listen to the input from county sheriffs and city police chiefs and fashion legislation appropriately.
Since interest rates have the largest impact on housing and the state legislature has nothing to do with them I would call for an audit of the Federal Reserve. As a State Representative I would ask my U.S. Representative to have Congress take back responsibility for creating sound money and stable interest rates and the housing crisis would take care of itself. At a local level I would support repurposing commercial buildings whose occupancy has declined greatly since COVID for residential use.
New Mexico should be doing everything possible to attract retirees. Retirees don't require jobs or schools. They want access to good health care; entertainment venues; excellent restaurants and other services to promote healthy and fulfilling retirements. We already fill the bill in a lot of areas so improving our health care infrastructure and making our state more tax friendly should be a top priority. A by-product of this will be the growth of small businesses to support seniors. A win-win!
No. A paid legislature will become a full time legislature with bloated staff salaries and additional expenses for district offices and a variety of "essential" client services. The only possible reason for a paid full time legislature would be a check on the unbridled power of our current governor who believes she has unlimited executive authority. Since we are basically a one party state a paid full time legislature would do nothing to check this situation and only cost taxpayers more money.