Q&A: House District 13 Candidate Kayla Renee Marshall

  • NAME: Kayla Renee Marshall
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
  • OCCUPATION: Mother, real estate rental management
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Small business owner, political activism in the community, served on the board of a non-profit
  • EDUCATION: Master’s degree in business administration and Bachelor of Science in computer engineering both from University of New Mexico
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: kaylafornm.com

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?

Spending must be reduced starting with the most recent spending increases. It would be disrespectful to New Mexicans to raise taxes after so many have lost jobs due to monthslong business closures that lead to many permanent closures.

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?

The Legislature needs to hold failing schools and districts accountable. Our districts should be empowered to make decisions locally to best serve their population rather than a one-size-fits all approach. Parents should also be able to choose the school options they believe are best for their children.

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

Gross receipts should be charged fairly so that taxes on the same product are uniformly applied. For example, gross receipts tax applies to groceries that are delivered but not to those purchased in store. Ending tax pyramiding by making it easier to purchase components of a final product without tax.

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

I oppose legalizing recreational marijuana. We already have a huge DUI problem. We don’t need to add to it. The costs (i.e., oversight, public health, DUI) would probably outweigh the financial benefit.

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?

Emergencies are temporary, not months on end. Extensions to the state of emergency need to be approved by the legislature.

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


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?

Qualified Immunity protects police officers from being sued civilly for mistakes made on the job, often in dangerous situations, but does not apply if they violate the law. It’s appropriate to protect our police officers from civil lawsuits that could ruin them financially when they did not break a law.

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 oppose it. The Land Grant Permanent Fund is called “permanent” for a reason. Tapping this fund will actually provide less and less money for education over time.

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 oppose open primaries.

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?

Each legislator best knows the needs of their district and should make the decisions regarding capital outlay funding allocated to their district. The funds should be spent in a way that directly benefits their district. Disclosure should be required.

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?

New Mexico must become business friendly to attract businesses of all types. We need business friendly policies like decreasing gross receipts tax, right-to-work, reducing regulation on small businesses and reducing crime.

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 oppose both a moratorium on fracking and additional mandates. We should explore cost efficient and effective energy options but renewable mandates take away customer choice and drive up energy costs.

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

We need to keep dangerous criminals behind bars. We must provide resources to fight all crimes that violate our families and their property (i.e., burglary, theft), not just violent offenses.

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 when it is determined to be public record. We have to very carefully define what would be considered public record because it would be very easy to severely violate an individual’s right to privacy.

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?

We need to examine the success of other states to implement practices that are working. New Mexico could better compete at attracting companies by improving our education system, reforming gross receipts tax or replacing it with a sales tax system, and reducing crime.

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


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