POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION: Some college, 23 hours away from a degree
FAMILY: Husband, Calder; two biological children and 50-plus bonus children
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: State Representative, District 58, 2005-present
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being successful in my chosen profession (farming and ranching) even though I am a woman engaged in what is typically a male-dominant field.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising two children and mentoring other young people to stand up for what is right and to be responsible for their own actions. Creating a home atmosphere that is healthy and happy.
1. Support. This is a public safety issue, not an immigration issue. If this policy continues, New Mexicans will have to show a passport to board a flight. This law also promotes human trafficking.
2. I support making the systems solvent for current employees within five years of retirement. That could mean increasing the minimum retirement age, increasing employee contributions, or decreasing benefits. We cannot ask taxpayers to pay more.
3. Support. We have to avoid following the path of Greece. Because these systems allow public employees to retire at very young ages, they are not sustainable. Future generations cannot sustain them without enormous tax increases.
4. No. We cannot burden New Mexico taxpayers with any higher taxes, on anything. We must reform these pension systems, but we can’t do it on the backs of the taxpayer.
5. Oppose. Health care access for all New Mexicans can be achieved through the free market, including competition across state lines, lawsuit reform and high-risk pools. ObamaCare not only won’t work, it will kill small businesses.
6. Support. Our students have to be proficient in reading so they can succeed in their educational careers and function in society. We have to end social promotion.
7. Support both. We can design fair, valid measures of students’ progress and performance. We must fairly and objectively identify successful teachers, recognize them and reward them for their achievement.
8. Oppose. The problem New Mexico government faces is not one of insufficient revenue but spending too much. No one I meet door-to-door tells me they are not taxed enough.
9. Oppose. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples have the option to ensure the same level of security through contracts and trusts available under existing law. I believe in privacy for all.
10. Support. The state is not my child’s parent and should not be the exclusive holder of information, let alone the decision-maker for all minor children for every event in their lives. Parents deserve notification.