Q&A: House District 43 Candidate David Hampton

  • NAME: David Hampton
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
  • OCCUPATION: Retired
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: White Rock
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: 35 years scheduling, budgeting and performance analysis for government projects, the last 19 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Currently serving on the board of directors for Los Alamos Food Co-op, Los Alamos Retirement Community, and Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation.
  • EDUCATION: B.A. business economics, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: betterlosalamos.org/candidates

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?

New Mexico will have to reduce spending in order to ensure a balanced budget. Tax increases will only further hurt our economy, while raiding our permanent funds will jeopardize their availability to future generations.

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?

Since government schools have failed to meet the requirement of providing sufficient education to all students, the Legislature should make educational choice available to parents, and the money allocated to education from the state budget should follow the student.

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

New Mexico should eliminate gross receipts tax and replace it with sales tax on finished products. Gross receipts tax unfairly penalizes small business.

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

At this time, I do not support legalizing recreational marijuana. In Colorado, the tax revenue generated from sales has been less than the social costs associated with legalization. New Mexico has not been able to resolve its alcohol abuse issues, and this would increase the overall substance abuse problem.

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?

The governor’s emergency powers should be reduced. I support allowing her current powers to remain for two-four weeks, and then requiring legislative approval to continue. I also support removing the governor’s ability to force a stay-at-home order for those refusing a vaccine.

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

I oppose repealing this law.

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?

I oppose. They are still liable in criminal court.

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.

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 currently oppose, but am open to ideas.

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?

All capital outlay expenditures should be merit based, as to how they will benefit the state. I support full disclosure, transparency and openness, so all legislator’s should be required to disclose which projects they fund.

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 should focus on making our state more appealing to diverse economic interests by improving education, reducing crime, and reducing tax burdens.

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 a moratorium on fracking, and oppose state renewable energy mandates. Wind, solar, and the other renewable options do not seem to be effective and produce additional environmental problems in regards to production and disposal.

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

I support an amendment to catch and release that would exclude violent offenders, keeping them in prison.

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 some footage, but am concerned when it might negatively impact victims or witnesses. I suggest we amend the camera law to allow law enforcement to turn off cameras under certain circumstances, to protect victims or witnesses.

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?

Replace gross receipts tax with sales tax. Reduce taxes overall. Educational choice and modified catch and release as stated above. Review current business regulation and repeal laws which put unnecessary burdens on business.

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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