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NM State Representative District 39

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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    Gabrielle Begay

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    Gilbert Diaz Guadiana

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    Luis M Terrazas

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 PO Box 6
Santa Clara, NM 88026
Campaign Phone 575-574-7951
Campaign Email
Campaign Website
Occupation 1st Grade Teacher
I am a 1st grade teacher at Jose Barrios Elementary in Silver City, NM. I also serve as the President of the Cobre School Board. I worked in the retail–grocery field for ten years and also worked as a court clerk for Magistrate Court. I have a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and Learning. I firmly believe in building and fostering relationships in any type of work I do, and I understand the importance of listening to people’s needs. I Believe that I do well under pressure, and I am community oriented. I have served as a legislative assistant during session at the Roundhouse, and I am now looking forward to representing District 39 there.
I believe that every child deserves access to quality education, regardless of their background. I will tirelessly be an advocate for better resources, modern classrooms, and support for both students and teachers. I will strive to bridge gaps in healthcare access, making sure that the community's well-being is a top priority. I recognize the importance of accessible healthcare for all. Criminal justice reform is at the forefront of my priorities. I envision a system that is fair, just, and rehabilitative. I will work towards creating policies that promote affordable housing options, ensuring that everyone has a place to call home. I will work to address our environmental challenges so that we can secure the best possible future for us all.
New Mexico has made significant improvements in its tax structure in the last couple of years. Nevertheless, there are still some areas where changes such as treating capital gains as normal income, and ensuring that the highest income earners pay their fair share in effective tax rates.
New Mexico has ideal conditions for the development of clean energy such as wind and solar energy production, and we should provide the education and training so that New Mexicans are ready to move into these jobs of the future. Outdoor recreation is a natural area (no pun intended) for healthy economic activity in most parts of our state. There are many business and job opportunities that operate almost exclusively online, so New Mexico needs to develop much more competitive and robust access to first rate internet statewide.
Some reforms to improve NM’s education ranking would be to focus on policies that will help to retain our high-quality teachers, as well as to attract more teachers to our profession. This obviously includes providing higher compensation for teachers and support staff.It also means investing in the teaching-learning environment so that class sizes can be reduced and teaching supplies improved. Another high priority is to continue to invest in early childhood education. The state needs to invest in high quality curriculum, science of reading practices in all grade levels, and consistency in the NMPED leadership. We must also keep in mind that it is always important to look at what other states are doing that have improved their ranking.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 15
Bayard, NM 88023
Campaign Phone 575-537-3582
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Occupation retired
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 197
Santa Clara, NM 88026
Campaign Phone 575-313-4262
Occupation Business owner
I am a lifelong resident of Grant County. This county is where I raised my family, built my business, and served my community. For the past several years I’ve had the honor to represent this district as a member of the New Mexico State House where I have fought for our mining jobs, our first responders, our veterans, our elderly, and for every hard-working family that calls this district home. I’ve secured much needed funds for our schools and I’ve given Southern New Mexico a loud voice in Santa Fe.
We have so much work to do on so many fronts. My number one priority is to provide tax relief and lower the cost of living for people in New Mexico. I’ve worked to get rid of social security taxes and taxes that leave families and the elderly at risk financially. Not far behind, and something I’ve been fighting for since I’ve been in the legislature, is supporting law enforcement recruitment and retainment. Crime is out of control and we must do something now.
New Mexico’s tax structure is convoluted and cumbersome. Businesses are triple-taxed for goods and services and they are forced to pass that cost down to the consumer. I would like to see major changes to our tax code that is more fair to everyone in New Mexico.
We must embrace not only our energy resources (oil and gas still funds the majority of our education budget), but we should also embrace our natural resources. New Mexico has so much to offer, and tourism is an underutilized source of revenue that we can be using to bolster our economy. 
There are a lot of ideas on the table when it comes to education funding, but what it comes down to is making sure those dollars reach our teachers and our students. Making schools more competitive and allowing parents to sit in the driver’s seat of their child’s education has proven in other states to be the key to more quality education. I think we should adopt a model that allows for freedom of choice in education, because one size does not fit all when it comes schooling. We need to protect the 4-day school week for those districts where it is successful. We need to rely on local control and local school boards rather than getting mandates handed down from Santa Fe.