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House District 48 (D) – Luciano “Lucky” Varela (i)

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NAME: Luciano “Lucky” Varela

POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic

RESIDENCE: Santa Fe

AGE: 77

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, College of Santa Fe; law degree, La Salle University.

OCCUPATION: Retired

FAMILY: Divorced; three children

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: State representative, District 48, 1987-present; former state comptroller, New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Public service. I’ve advocated for children and the elderly and for equality for all.

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising a family and providing for their well being. Also, providing a good future for my grandkids.

Candidate questionnaire

(Maximum of 35 words per response)

1. Do you support or oppose repeal of the New Mexico law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses?

2. Do you support or oppose addressing solvency problems of the state’s two public retirement systems by reducing certain benefits?

3. To address solvency problems with the state’s two retirement systems, do you support or oppose raising the minimum retirement age for current or future employees?

4. Should the taxpayer-funded state contributions to public employee pension funds be increased?

5. After the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, do you support or oppose the state’s spending up to $500 million more by 2020 to expand Medicaid rolls by an estimated 170,000 people?

6. Do you support or oppose elimination of “social promotion” in public schools – that is, allowing third-graders to advance to fourth grade despite reading deficiencies?

7. Do you support using student progress as a measure for evaluating performance of teachers in public schools? If so, do you support paying top-performing teachers more?

8. To provide more general fund revenue for state government and schools, would you support or oppose increasing the state personal income tax rate on higher-income residents, which was reduced from 8.2 percent to 4.9 percent in 2003?

9. Would you support or oppose a law allowing same-sex marriage in New Mexico?

10. Do you support or oppose legislation that would require parents or legal guardians to be notified before a minor is allowed to have an abortion?

11. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?

12. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?

13. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.

1. I support the law as amended by Legislature (a proposal to toughen, but maintain, the existing law was unsuccessful last year). We need the governor’s support.

2. I support plans as approved by PERA and ERB. Would consider modifications to enhance actuarial soundness.

3. I would support for non-vested and future employees.

4. Yes.

5. Support.

6. I would support with consent of parents.

7. Yes to both.

8. I would support a more progressive income tax.

9. Would support equality for all if it came to a vote.

10. Support.

11. No.

12. No.

13. No.

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