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NM State Representative District 53

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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    Jon Hill
    (Dem)

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    Willie D Madrid
    (Dem)

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    Elizabeth Lee Winterrowd
    (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 Phone 575-800-4641
Campaign Email drjonhill4nm@gmail.com
Twitter @drjonhill4nm
Campaign Website http://drjonhill4nm.com
Occupation human resource consultant, retired educator, retired human resource analyst
I am a public servant with a history of leadership at the local community, county, and state levels including education, social service nonprofits, elected office, the legal profession, and general government. My doctorate is in education administration and leadership with specialization in finance and economics especially in rural schools and remote communities. Because I was a county level official, I learned the economics of communities as a whole, particularly those dependent on natural resource economies. Because I also served on several state level boards, I learned to ensure that state laws and regulations get implemented statewide. I am visionary but very well understand the practicalities to making government work for people.
My priorities are four “E”s. ECONOMY and WORKFORCE. I support family medical leave and labor initiatives including internships and apprenticeships. The state budget must balance saving for the future and spending to meet current needs. ENVIRONMENT. I support the Green Amendment and setting a future vision. There must also be safeguards for people and communities threatened by environmental change. EDUCATION. I support the state’s structured literacy institute and unifying curriculum. It further requires consistent teacher training and teacher licensing requirements. ETHICS. The legislature must pass refinements needed for the State Ethics Commission. OVERALL, all legislation must be very well written to reach throughout District 53.
The major structural tax issue relates to the oil and gas industry which currently provides 40% of the state budget. While there is an adopted a transition plan for moving away from reliance on coal, oil and gas, the plan tends to be hotly contested in each session. There is agreement that the plan needs some corrections but there is not yet a consensus on the changes. Further, there is not consensus of what we are transitioning to and when we will arrive in that new place. An obvious component is that with the transition to the new energy sources, what replaces the substantial revenues we currently receive? If elected, I will work to lower the temperature in the discussions and to build consensus.
1-Basic infrastructure must be in place. Roads, utilities, internet, water, and sewer are critical. Some are currently inadequate in parts of District 53. 2-Next is a need for diversified economies in all cities and counties. Dependence on a natural resource base works sometimes but it is susceptible to climate change and shifting economics. Commercial ventures and industries balance economic ups and downs. Government must commit to strengthening its local presence. 3-Bringing local people to a planning process creates a common commitment for the future. Local plans identify existing assets and barriers. The legislature should act to nurture the assets and to eliminate the barriers.
A primary concern is that educational leadership is blurred. The Governor, Secretary of Education, Legislative Education Study Committee and many entities/interests give input on schools. While concern is widespread, there is no consistent direction going forward. SHORT TERM: New Mexico is advancing structured literacy. It has yielded good results in other states. But we have not yet aligned teacher preparation and teacher licensing with the methodology. As a result, new teachers enter the system unprepared to teach structured literacy. LONG TERM: I support Senate Joint Resolution 9 which passed the Senate last term by a vote of 34-1. It called for an amendment to the state constitution to re-establish public education under a state board.
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