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NM State Representative District 69

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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    Michelle P Abeyta
    (Dem)

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    Harry Garcia
    (Dem)

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    Stanley E Michael
    (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 Mailing Address PO Box 3928
Tohajiilee, NM 87026
Campaign Phone 505-803-2918
Campaign Email paulene@abeytafornm.com
Campaign Website http://www.abeytafornm.com
Occupation Lawyer
I grew up in my grandmother's home where I was taught the value of my identity, culture, and the importance of earning a western education. My K-12 education journey is a combination of schooling at a rural tribally controlled school and an urban public school. I've earned an associate degree in Hospitality & Tourism, dual bachelor's degrees in Native American Studies and Communication, and a Juris Doctor degree. My legal experience includes natural resources, domestic violence & family law.
Supporting the current and upcoming workforce is my top priority! I plan to do this by ensuring the delivery of resources for all working families to earn livable wages and by preparing students for a variety of opportunities post high school which are essential to creating a qualified workforce in all career fields.
We need all shareholders at the table including representatives for those who do not have a voice (land and animals), listen to one another, and work together to find solutions for better New Mexico water policies and actions.
We need to ensure that we have adequate funding and training for public safety professionals and their industry.
We need creative solutions! We should be working with partners and stakeholders to repurpose old and abandoned hotels and homes to revitalize them and turn them into affordable housing communities. In rural communities, there are opportunities to establish micro communities where infrastructure is needed. I would also support emergency rental assistance programs and create incentives for rental properties willing to work with rental assistance programs.
One way New Mexico can diversify its economy is by investing in renewable energy. We have plenty of sunshine and wind in the state, let's use it!
Yes, I believe legislators should be paid a salary because that would cast a more diverse group of people in office. We also need to ensure that our legislators are compensated so that they can afford to care for themselves and their families while they serve the people of New Mexico.
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Campaign Mailing Address 72 Main St
San Mateo, NM 87020
Campaign Phone 307-689-5672
Occupation Coal Miner
I served as a state employee for the Corrections Department for 10 years, 3 years as the Director of the Adult Community Corrections program, 1 summer at CYFD, 3 summers at the State Highway Department, 11 years in 4H, 15 years coaching youth, middle school, and high school baseball, basketball and football coach, 3 years as the President of Los Alamitos Heights Homeowners Association and 23 years as a Coal Miner. I am a strong advocate for the community.
There's not just one priority but several that need to be implemented. 1) Economic Development - bring better paying jobs to the community by improving our infrastructure and advocate to bring new industry into the community, 2) Crime - introduce legislation to bring a 3 strikes law into New Mexico to reduce crime, 3) remove AI out of the school systems so that our children learn for themselves and have better social skills and 4) Affordable Healthcare and Housing.
Stop Texas from taking our water. Preserve our water.
Be tougher on criminals by implementing a 3 strikes law. We need to do a better job screening people entering into the country. We need to stop letting criminals out of jail to commit more crimes and improve our rehabilitation programs. Advocate for strong family values.
Every program has a cost. Change the qualifications for first time home owners program by reducing the income requirements. New people entering the state should have the requirement to establish residency prior to purchasing a home which helps by not increasing housing values for established residents.
We are already making progress in bringing new industry into the state such as Facebook and Amazon. We need to continue to entice businesses to our state. However, this depends on other factors such as Education, Crime Prevention, Affordable Housing and so on.
Yes because we one of the few states that doesn't pay legislators. We should have requirements that requires them to be on the floor for 90% of votes, or treated like a job. But we should also implement term limitations.