Q&A: 3rd Congressional District Candidate Alexis Johnson
- NAME: Alexis Martinez Johnson
- POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
- OCCUPATION: Oil and gas engineer, rancher
- CITY OF RESIDENCE: Santa Fe
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Negotiated responsible use of energy (oil and gas and nuclear) while keeping communities employed and energy flowing in a responsible manner.
- EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, environmental engineering, 2010, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: AlexisJohnsonNM.com
What is your opinion of justice in policing legislation introduced in Congress recently after protests following George Floyd’s death?
I vehemently oppose discrimination based upon race as I am a proud Hispanic woman. I support legislation that would provide needed funding for our law enforcement so that they can have the tools and training to do their jobs. … I support legislation to make New Mexico safer, and requiring body cameras in every instance especially with child abuse creates the inability for officers to be able to utilize their own judgment. …
What is your opinion of the use of federal law enforcement officers in operations such as Operation Legend in which additional officers were sent to Albuquerque?
I promote collaboration in areas of high crime in New Mexico. My family comes from a line of veterans and our servicemembers did not fight for our American safety overseas to elect extreme politicians like my opponent who do not favor assistance in our communities in northern New Mexico.
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?
As a small business owning family, I support the small businesses in New Mexico and would pass legislation to continue to promote the life of business. Monies to pay mortgages on business locations, funding for payroll so that families can be employed, and training/refurbishing, would have my support.
What actions to restore the economy, if any, do you feel Congress should take once the outbreak has been contained?
It is imperative that Congress work together to reduce the federal debt. While the national progressive movement my opponent is a part of advocates for more money to be spent for “pork” programs, if we do not reduce our debt we will be faced with the serious consequences of only paying interest on American debt and will put our future at risk. My opponent is not a moderate in any way ….
What is your position regarding climate change? What actions should Congress take, if any, regarding the environment?
I am an environmental engineer and have worked to make sure that not only were New Mexicans employed, but our energy was flowing, and our environment was clean. I promote funding for Los Alamos Lab and Sandia National Labs as they are working on innovative technologies to promote the better utilization of our energy. A “Smart Energy” grid with distributed electrical generation are areas to be funded.
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 understand the needs to keep New Mexicans employed and be respectful for our environment. I have extensive experience working with business owners, environmental groups, and legislators to make sure we come to the table. … Although I will listen to special interest groups because they are a part of the constituency, I will never forget the “forgotten” voice of New Mexico.
Fracking bans have been introduced in Congress by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren… Where do you stand on the issue?
As an engineer we utilize the best technology, engineering, and protocols to make sure that New Mexicans are employed, our energy is flowing, and we respect New Mexico. This type of technology has been around for over 50 years and I do not support a ban on fracking as that would mean a ban on the monies we utilize for education, CA rolling black-outs, and increase in our electric bills.
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?
I support revenue for Indian Country on their lands and private investment to increase the livelihoods of our New Mexican families. We have technology today which involves horizontal and directional movement of equipment to access our oil and gas. I will always protect archaeological and culturally valuable sites; however, I will not put New Mexicans out of jobs.
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?
I support comprehensive legal immigration reform whereby we create a pathway to citizenship for those who want to become US citizens. I do support an increase in funding for technologies at the border to reduce drug trafficking and increased officials on the border areas to prevent sex trafficking into New Mexico. … I believe we must work together irrespective of party for the betterment of New Mexicans ….
Do you believe the borders are secure enough? If not, what do you propose to increase security?
Albuquerque and counties in my district have a high rate of crime and this is heavily dependent on the illegal drug trade at the border. We need drones and border patrol to make sure the human rights of families are not taken advantage of as well as an increase in scanning at ports of entry. I support legislation to remove red-tape for guest worker programs ….
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?
I do not support any curtailment of 2nd amendment rights like we are seeing in Albuquerque at the Civic Plaza where it is considered a “school-zone” even though no school programs are going on there. I do not support closing gun stores as we saw here in NM at the onset of the pandemic. I support background checks which are currently on the books.
Federal spending plays an important role in New Mexico’s economy. What should be done to increase other economic drivers here?
Small-business start-up funds, mentorships along with vocational training, and the promotion of collaboration between our labs and the private industry are a few areas of economic growth that I support. In addition, the infrastructure in NM from broadband access in our rural communities to repairing bridges and roads are equally important. Our youth should not have to leave NM for other business friendly states.
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?
Do you favor or oppose a national single payer health system?
I oppose the single-payer health system because we do not want to wait in lines, have no choice in doctor, and the quality of care (would) be lacking. An all government-controlled health care would be equivalent to what we find at the MVD where we wait in line, have no choice. I promote transparency in billing and a reduction of prescription healthcare costs.
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, along with the majority of New Mexicans do not support abortion up to birth …. I do not support using tax dollars to fund abortions. …We have seen our Democrat legislators ousted from their positions this past June because they were not radical enough. I do not support outside monies coming into NM and telling New Mexicans what their values are such as what my opponent has done.
What should be done at the federal level to address the crisis of opioid addiction? Any other drugs?
We need funding for treatment centers to assist families whose loved ones have a chemical dependency on illicit drugs. Protecting our children is of the utmost importance …. Federal funding for increased scanning at our ports of entry for drugs as well as making sure China stops the fentanyl from entering our borders are areas I will address.
Why do you want to be a member of Congress?
I want to make sure that every New Mexican can put food on the table, a roof over their head, educate their children, and have a safe and healthy environment to do this in. I represent the “forgotten” voice here in New Mexico and I want to make sure that the voice of New Mexicans is heard and that I work in their best interest, not just special interests.
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.