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House District 24 (D) – Elizabeth Thomson

NAME: Elizabeth Thomson

POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic

RESIDENCE: Albuquerque

AGE: 52

EDUCATION: BS Physical Therapy UNM

OCCUPATION: Pediatric physical therapist

FAMILY: Leo Hollins, Jr., 2 children

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Member of the N.M. Developmental Disabilities Planning Council 2007-present, chair 2008-2001, chair of Policy Committee 2007-2008 and 2011-2012: NM Chapter American Physical Therapy Association Board Member 2004-2007-Legislative Committee 2004-present. Member of the New Mexico Autism Society Board 1994-2012, including eight years as President and two years as Treasurer. EPICS (Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs) Board of Directors 2000 to present-Secretary 2002-2011.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being named the University of New Mexico School of Physical Therapy Alumna of the Year 2010 and providing nearly 28 years of quality physical therapy to children and services to their families

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Beating breast cancer-10 years. I continued to work throughout my chemotherapy and radiation. It proved to me that I could do whatever I set my mind to.

1. I support a common sense solution that emphasizes public safety on the roads, keeps insurance premiums from rising and requires all drivers to be part of law enforcement’s largest database.

2. Oppose. In a time of economic uncertainty we should not be talking about reducing benefits for our seniors. We should be strengthening the benefits we provide not cutting them — these people have earned these benefits.

3. We should keep the promises made to current employees. All stakeholders on this issue should meet to agree on reforms as part of a comprehensive overhaul and raising the age should be on the table.

4. We should be working to restore contributions that have decreased during the recession, while focusing on the long term health of these funds.

5. N.M. has the second-highest rate of uninsured in the country. Providing preventive care to 170,000 will save the state money in long-term health care costs while engendering a healthy population.

6. “Social promotion” was eliminated in 2002. Our focus should be on teaching children to read. If students are finishing third grade unable to read, we should be looking at the deeper issue — investment in education.

7. I support true education reform but reliance on high stakes testing misses the point. While student progress should be a metric in teacher evaluation it is not a catch all. Each teacher faces unique challenges.

8. Taxes in the United States are the lowest they have been in 80 years. We must restore progressivity to our tax system to ensure our roads, schools and public safety is adequate for all of our citizens.

9. Support.

10. The vast majority of minors involve their parents in this decision. Our focus should be on reducing teen pregnancy and protecting young pregnant women.

11. Yes. I contracted with an agency that was based in Albuquerque, but my work was on Native American lands, in which case gross receipts taxes were not levied. I wrote numerous letters as did the agency, but it took some time to get it resolved.

12. No.

13. No.

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