Q&A: House District 11 Candidate Adrian Anthony Trujillo Sr.

  • NAME: Adrian Anthony Trujillo Sr.
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
  • OCCUPATION: Sheetmetal worker
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • EDUCATION: Valley High School, trade school (sheetmetal)

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?

Implement the taxpayer bill of rights, this would encourage national businesses and local entrepreneurs to invest. Recruiting out-of-state businesses to invest in New Mexico would be a priority and could be done by highlighting everything New Mexico has to offer: 300-plus days of sunshine, open spaces, and tourist industry.

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?

APS is the largest (independent school district) in the ( state) and has defied all bipartisan audits. Invest in telecommunication and internet infrastructure for even the most rural areas of New Mexico to ensure every student has access equally to curriculum and research portals.

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

Eliminate the GRT which is regressive and hurts the most vulnerable demographic in relation to income security. Implement a sales tax to line up and compete with bordering states.

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

No, simply decriminalize it. Legislation continues to fail in the New Mexico Legislature due to the fact their attempts are meant to create a government business/monopoly.

Do you believe changes should be made to the emergency powers held by a governor during a pandemic or other time of crisis. If so, do you believe such powers should be expanded or reduced and in what specific ways?

No, the original emergency powers as enumerated in the state constitution are adequate in preserving the separation of powers.

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

I believe that children deserve protection from the moment of conception.

Do you support or oppose enacting a new state law that would allow police officers and other public officials to be sued individually by abolishing the defense of qualified immunity?

Oppose. “Qualified” immunity is earned not given. Law enforcement officers will be forced to represent their own interest vs. the public interest and safety without qualified immunity.

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?

While ensuring that children of New Mexico are our #1 priority, we must maintain that stance by preserving the corpus of the LGPF. Working closely with SIC, if there is a way to provide more for the most vulnerable; all options should be on the table.

What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its election laws and primary system? Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?

I support open primaries. Denying independents and third-party voters the opportunity to participate in the primary election systematically oppresses their voting rights

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?

I believe in transparency plain and simple. It is the right of the people to know how their tax dollars are being spent.

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 steps should the state take to diversify its economy and revenue base?

We can start by restructuring the current tax code, as well as stop importing rare earth metals from competing nations that are abundant in New Mexico and could generate much needed jobs and revenue for the state.

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?

Oppose. We should continue to pursue safer extraction methods of oil and gas. Free market principles continue to lead innovation and market expansion as the people constantly and consistently vote with their income and should be empowered to do so.

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

Taking a tougher position on crime and repeat offenders. We need to eliminate the catch and release court system that makes it easier for criminals to terrorize our communities. Tackling addiction which is one of the biggest drivers of crime in our communities should be a top priority.

Do you support or oppose the public’s right to inspect footage taken by cameras worn by law enforcement officers? Under what circumstances, if any, should police video be withheld from the public?

I support the public’s right to inspect footage from body cams in their entirety so we can have an unbiased account of the arrest.

Members of New Mexico’s business community contend some state laws and regulations need changing so the state can better compete with Texas and Arizona when it comes to attracting companies. What steps do you believe should be taken to improve New Mexico’s economic competitiveness?

As we learned during COVID-19, only in easing restrictions were businesses able to survive. We should continue this practice moving forward by adopting the model of easing restrictions across all industries.

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?


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 drunk driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.

Yes, 2009, not convicted. Eleven years ago I struggled with addiction. Through God’s grace and the support of my family and 12-step program I was able to clean up my life and become a good hard working man, husband, father of three who strives to do right by my children.