Q&A: U.S. House District 3 Marco Serna

  • Name: Marco Serna
  • Political Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: 1st Judicial District Attorney
  • City of residence: Santa Fe
  • Relevant experience: Life-long resident, community and volunteer activist.
  • Education: St. Michael’s High School (2001), University of Arizona (B.A. 2005) and St. Mary’s University School of Law (2008)
  • Campaign website: www.marcoforcongress.com

1. What is your opinion of the coronavirus response packages passed by Congress and signed by President Trump? Is there anything you would have done differently? On April 1, 2020, I issued a five-page position paper regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As of this date, I believe I am the only candidate who has presented the voters with a comprehensive plan on how our nation should address the outbreak. Please visit my webpage.

2. What actions to restore the economy, if any, do you feel Congress should take once the outbreak has been contained? Assisting small businesses instead of allowing wealthy corporations to drain all the Paycheck Protection Program funds—what a disaster! I will tirelessly advocate for small business owners in New Mexico and provide more than a one-time $1,200 payment to working New Mexican families and not million-dollar windfalls for the rich.

3. What is your position regarding climate change? What actions should Congress take, if any, regarding the environment? I believe climate change is real and a threat to our survival. However, I join with the AFL–CIO in opposing the Green New Deal because of its effect on New Mexico’s economy. Please visit my website to read the comprehensive position paper I issued last year.

4. What is your opinion on energy initiatives that have been introduced both on the federal and state level such as the Green New Deal and the New Mexico Energy Transition Act? I supported Governor Lujan Grisham’s 2019 Mini Green New Deal because it would allow our state enough time to retrain our displaced workforce. I oppose the national Green New Deal that is supported by many of my opponents because it would devastate our economy and hurt working New Mexico families.

5. Fracking bans have been introduced in Congress by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and presidential candidate Joe Biden indicated in a debate he would support a ban. Where do you stand on the issue? I oppose fracking and believe that we need to move away from fossil fuels in order to protect our future. Moreover, I believe that we must support our tribal brothers and sisters who are fighting with the fossil fuel industry to protect their lands and heritage.

6. What is your position on the leasing of federal land for oil, gas and mineral development? Do you agree with the removal of energy development in a 10-mile radius around Chaco archaeological sites? Are there other areas of the state that should be considered for similar treatment? Our heritage is etched into the ruins at Chaco Canyon, among several other sites scattered throughout New Mexico. I disagree with any action taken that would jeopardize the healthy future of such sites. We must protect New Mexico’s diverse heritage for future generations.

7. What are the most important actions Congress should take regarding people now living illegally in the U.S.? What about for those who want to come in? Immigration reform is an issue that needs to be solved – once and forever. I am committed to working on a bipartisan approach to comprehensive immigration reform to ensure families are not separated. Please visit my website to read the comprehensive position paper I published last year on this issue.

8. Do you believe the borders are secure enough? If not, what do you propose should be done to increase security? Our immigration system is broken, but President Trump’s border wall and xenophobic policies are not the answer to securing our borders. In 2019, the State Department estimated exactly zero terrorists entered the U.S.-Mexico border. I have proposed alternate solutions in a comprehensive position paper I published last year.

9. Do you favor a federal ban on the sale of military style semi-automatic rifles? If so, what would you do about the millions of such weapons now legally owned by American citizens? What other, if any, gun law reforms would you support? We have reached a point in our society where we need to pass meaningful gun reform. I support a ban on military-style-semi-automatic rifles, and background checks. I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but it must be balanced with the safety of our children and communities.

10. Federal spending plays an important role in New Mexico’s economy. What should be done to increase other economic drivers here? I addressed this issue in a comprehensive position paper I published in September 2019. With globalization, automation and the challenges of climate change, our state must diversify and accept the challenges of the future. Bringing jobs and economic opportunity to our communities will be my top priority in Congress.

11. Congress passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Are there any other trade initiatives you’d like to see Congress pass if you’re elected? I believe in free trade as it benefits working New Mexico families. USMCA is especially important to New Mexico because it expands the market for our dairy and agricultural products. Before we make any other trade initiatives, we need to see how well USMCA works.

12. Do you favor or oppose a national single payer health system? I join with Vice President Joe Biden in supporting responsible health care reform. My goal is to pass a bipartisan agreement that will build on Obamacare and lower the cost of prescription drugs. The Medicare-For-All proposal will cost $20 to $30 trillion over ten years and will never pass Congress.

13. Do you favor or oppose limits on late-term abortion, and do you believe tax dollars should or should not be used to fund abortions? I support a woman’s right to reproductive health. I believe that a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her body is paramount and I will oppose any Supreme Court nominee who opposes legal abortions. Moreover, Planned Parenthood must be funded to provide necessary health care to women.

14. What should be done at the federal level to address the crisis of opioid addiction? Any other drugs? I addressed this issue in a comprehensive position paper published in 2019. As 1st Judicial District Attorney, I have worked tirelessly to treat nonviolent drug offenders with a treatment-oriented approach to our deeply entrenched drug problems. I will continue this fight in Congress to break the shackles of addiction.

15. Why do you want to be a member of Congress? My family has a long history of public service. From an early age, we knew we were blessed to grow up in Northern New Mexico and the importance of giving back to New Mexico. My candidacy for Congress is a continuing effort to fight for the values of working-class New Mexicans.

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? No.

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. No.

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