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NM State Senator District 26

Represents a district in the New Mexico State Senate, which has 42 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. Senators 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 four-year term.

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    Antonio "Moe" Maestas
    (Dem)

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    Julie A. Radoslovich
    (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 505-304-7497
Campaign Email moe@maestasfornm.com
Twitter @MoeMaestasNM
Campaign Website http://maestasfornm.com
Occupation Lawyer
I have 25 years of legal experience andI have 18 year experience serving in the legislature. I was trained as community organizer and advocate at Seattle’s El Centro de la Raza and was a union factory worker at night while going college. I have been a practicing lawyer for 25 years. I served as a violent crimes prosecutor at the Bernalillo County DAs Office and know how criminal laws intersect with our law enforcement agencies. I know how to get things done and a track record to prove it.
The overwhelming priority is the economy and producing high paying jobs in our communities. 24% of our children live below the federal poverty line. Generations of poverty beat down on a community, contributing to disfunction, despair and other social ills. With the billions of dollars in surplus we need to make dramatic changes to grow our economy.
I had the honor of studying with the great Al Utton at UNM Law School. He taught me that no matter how difficult the problem was, humans can solve it. We need to do a complete audit and economic analysis about our entire water supply. All water fights must be clearly established and preserved. Our entire water statutes need to be revisited and modernized so the state engineer, interstate steam commission, local water trust boards and conservancy districts can do their jobs effectively.
We must adequately fund our criminal justice systems to ensure people are held accountable with swift & certain justice. As one of only 3 former prosecutors in the legislature, I have passed, Expungment law; outlawing solitary confinement for mentally ill; legalizing medical cannabis; legalizing hemp; & removing court fees. I have also written and passed our sex offender notification laws; made the prison time for 2nd degree murder fit the crime; and passed our organized retail crime statute.
For one, funding. We must spend money to build more low income houses and nice apartment buildings, provide rental assistance for first and last months rent; and streamline the ability of builders to increase the housing stock, particularly in Albuquerque.
It’s more about diversifying our tax base away from oil and gas revenues. That means we must grow our economy. Building a modern economy starts with quality early childhood education. We must invest in our infrastructure; build dour Atrisco Vista Blvd.; upgrade double eagle II airport; and increase broadband availability. We must lower barrier to entry, like we didi with HN 255 (2021) which allows local restaurants to compete with national chains.
Yes. The NM Legislature must be an equal branch of government. We also need a more active and diverse legislature. How many folks can leave their job for 60 days and be welcomed back? Not to mention all the work that needs to be done during the interim. Structure changes must be made as well. I support a 90-day and 60-day week day sessions. I support year round, full-time staff to do research, constituent services and track capital outlay projects to make sure they are being built on schedule.
Campaign Phone 505-352-4440
Campaign Website http://www.julieforsd26.com
Occupation Retired Educator and Community Advocate
For twenty years, I served as a teacher and then Principal/Director at South Valley Academy in Albuquerque. During my tenure we maintained an 85% graduation rate; 90% of our graduates attended college. Legislatures benefit from voices informed by direct classroom experience. I also bring with me academic training in public administration as well as seven years of expertise working in healthcare policy. I will bring vigor as well as sustained engagement and partnership to this office.
Families, neighbors, and stakeholders in our communities need public officials who will show up on behalf of their interests. My platform reflects the intersectional challenges facing our city and state, recognizing that vibrant, thriving communities encompass multiple layers and that a flourishing economy, strong public education system, and a healthier, more secure future are all interlinked. I will amplify the voices of those most impacted by policy and fight for stakeholders on the ground.
We are in a water crisis, and legislative priorities in the 2025 session must reflect this reality. Existing statutes should be clarified to provide focused roles and responsibilities for state agencies by creating implementable plans with outcome targets. Centralized, streamlined management of water must be adopted to modernize water regulation via an empowered cabinet-level authority to help communities across the state bolster water resilience and undertake localized water planning.
We must adopt a data-driven, comprehensive approach to building safer communities that is proactive and creative rather than reactive. We must: ● Partner with first responders to scale up recruitment and implement retention strategies. ● Fund mental health resources and support programs for first responders ● Optimize the accessibility of behavioral health services including anti-violence and addiction treatment programs. ● Enact Constitutional and common-sense gun safety reform.
Nearly 220,000 households in New Mexico spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs. With a shortfall of more than 30,000 affordable housing units, swift and transformative action can't wait. Reasonable caps on rent increases must be implemented. The Legislature must shore up funding to help local municipalities protect and expand affordable housing units. Creative carveouts for additional housing dwelling units offer promise if part of a larger plan.
We must approach growth holistically, with the breadth of vision to build opportunity for the comprehensive benefit of our neighbors rather than for profit alone. I will embrace renewable energy infrastructure development; expand our outdoor economy; and drive support for our local business and homegrown entrepreneurs. Our economy cannot thrive to maximum potential without optimized student outcomes and systems to safeguard our environment and health so a big-picture strategy is imperative.
Our Legislature should reflect the diversity of New Mexico, and most residents do not have the ability to work for free. The Roundhouse is filled with attorneys, retirees, and those with economic flexibility. As a result, legislation may lack the expertise of lived experience. The stakeholders closest to a challenge should be closest to any legislative solution; for that to happen, policymaking must be honored as an investment of time and labor back into our communities.