Q&A: Senate District 4 Noreen Kelly

  • NAME: Noreen Ann Kelly
  • OCCUPATION: Program Coordinator
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Church Rock, New Mexico
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Lobbied Navajo Nation Council to pass the 2% tax on
  • unhealthy food on Navajo Nation in 2014
  • EDUCATION: High School Graduate, some college
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: https://people4noreen.com/

1. What steps should the Legislature take to ensure New Mexico has a balanced budget amid falling oil prices and an economic downturn prompted by the coronavirus outbreak?

There should always be a plan to meet these crises. Healthcare and education have always been my priority, that should be priorities for our Legislature. Secure funds for the two first and on down the line.

2. What more, if anything, should the Legislature do to address a court ruling that found New Mexico is failing to provide a sufficient education to all students?

Start addressing the needs of the most underserved schools in the state. These are schools in the rural areas of New Mexico.

3. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code?

no answer provided

4. Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico and taxing its sales?

I support

5. In recent years, New Mexico has steadily increased spending on early childhood programs, such as home visiting, prekindergarten and child care assistance, and created a new early childhood trust fund. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment that would withdraw more money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to increase funding for early childhood services?

I support

6. Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?

I oppose

7. Do you support or oppose repealing a long-dormant 1969 state law that outlaws abortion, except in limited circumstances?

I support repealing the 1969 old Abortion Ban because I know that we all can hold our own moral values on abortion and still trust a woman to make that decision for her family without government interference.

8. Would you support a merit-based evaluation system to determine how the state spends its capital outlay funding? Should each legislator be required to disclose which projects he or she funded?


9. Do you support or oppose requiring lobbyists to disclose which bills they advocate for or against?

I support

10. New Mexico is highly reliant on the oil and natural gas industries to generate revenue to fund state programs, as evidenced by recent oil boom and bust cycles. What are the things you would do to diversify the state’s economy and revenue base?

Concentrate on healthcare and education to ensure our most vulnerable are cared for.

11. Do you support or oppose updating the current prohibition in the law on assisted suicide in order to allow aid-in-dying under certain medical circumstances?

I support it

12: Would you support or oppose a moratorium on fracking? And should the state impose additional renewable energy mandates as a way to address climate change concerns? I would support a Moratorium.

13. What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and improve public safety?

Address it before it happens by providing education and treatment if needed.

14. Do you support or oppose the practice of legislative budget-writing committees holding closed-door meetings during the crafting of state spending bills?

I oppose

Personal background

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens? No

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


3. 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.