Q&A: Senate District 13 Candidate Frederick J. Snoy

  • NAME: Frederick J. Snoy
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Libertarian
  • OCCUPATION: Physician
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
  • EDUCATION: B.A., M.S., M.D.
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Fredericksnoyforsenate.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?

It’s important to secure as much federal funding as possible. In tight times one must tighten the belt.

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 educational system needs to be revamped, cutting waste, slashing bureaucracy and teaching, teaching, teaching.

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

We need to reduce taxes.

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

I would support the legalization. Enough already on the war on drugs!

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?

I think the emergency powers used were overreaching. We could have done so much more “smart practices” that would have kept our economy more open and our people safe without the heavy-handed lock down approach. I see in my occupation it actually damaged the health care in the state. People are still afraid to get care.

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

I would support repeal.

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?

Our law enforcement have a tough dangerous job, but need to be more accountable. I think training is clearly insufficient.

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?

The land grant fund already has its mandates. I would be open to adjustments, though.

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?

Voters are just that, voters. Political parties cannot be allowed to determine when, where and who gets to vote. Gerrymandering has to stop! Road blocks to third parties need to go away. The Secretary of State just lost a Supreme Court case trying to suppress other parties candidates. She got caught doing just what Democrats complain about.

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?

Would need more information. Legislators must be transparent.

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?

Reducing roadblocks to business development, especially taxes and regulation. I think a robust new business incubator program should be established.

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?

Honestly the state needs the money from fracking. I am a strong environmentalist and would support our state becoming the renewable energy powerhouse of the Southwest. Let’s get our next source of power and revenue up and going! It is not an either/or situation.

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

I am not sure what defund the police actually means, but in relation to this question it would seem unwise.

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?

The police are public servants. If they are doing things right it should seldom be a problem. The whole body camera issue is because there are problems. I am sure there might be rare occasions when it should be withheld.

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?

Adopt similar, nay better, laws and regulations so we can compete.

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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