Q&A: Attorney General candidate Michael Hendricks - Albuquerque Journal

Q&A: Attorney General candidate Michael Hendricks

  • NAME: Michael E. Hendricks
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
  • OCCUPATION: Lawyer
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Lawyer, 15+ years of business management, watchdog for efficiencies, Spanish speaker, communicator, servant, and upholder of the law
  • EDUCATION: Bachelors: Political Science (UNM), Juris Doctor (UNM SOL), MBA International Business (Walden)
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.hendricks4nmag.com

What would be your top priorities as New Mexico’s attorney general?

Working with local law enforcement to quell crime. Crime is what has hampered our business development.

Investigating to root out corruption.

Resolve the water rights issue (Texas v. NM).

Less crime = more businesses coming to NM. More businesses = more jobs. More jobs = more gainfully employed New Mexicans. More gainfully employed New Mexicans = Less poverty and a larger pool of tax contributions. Larger pool of tax contributions = More income to government = surplus. Surplus = the conversation about lowering taxes. Lowering taxes = more businesses looking at NM for investment = more jobs. This is a winning cycle that starts with lowering crime. Lowering crime is one of the AG’s most important job functions.

What would be your approach to ongoing litigation on water right issues with the neighboring state of Texas?

Go back to the table with the relevant parties to work out a common-sense solution without spending millions of tax payer dollars and protracted litigation, if possible.

Make sure that all relevant stakeholders and actors are acting in good faith in relation to a potential common-sense, non-litigation solution.

Would you support or oppose changing a 2012 law to clarify that judges can order the pensions of convicted public officials be forfeited?

I support laws that deter and root out corruption, including this law.

Would you support or oppose requiring that all content captured by body cameras worn by law enforcement officers be publicly available under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act?

Many situations in police enforcement can be taken out of context just by watching a moment in time; therefore, I would support the videos being released after a reasonable amount of time of inspection/investigation. Reasonableness should be determined by a fixed period and/or charges being or not being filed.

In addition, do you favor or oppose strengthening penalties for violating the Inspection of Public Records Act? Please explain.

Transparency in government actions, especially with tax payer funds, is essential to proper, democratic governance. Our legal system is built on various theories one of which is to deter actions with penalties. If the penalty is not enough to deter the wrong action, then we must revisit the deterrence and respond accordingly.

Personal background

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

Yes, personal, unintended under payment of tax on a 401K liquidation. Resolved over a decade ago.

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

No.

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.

No.

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