Today, the Journal continues its general election endorsements for the New Mexico House of Representatives. For information including candidate Q&As, district maps and news stories as they are published, go to ABQJournal.com/election2020.
District 17 – Democratic incumbent, Deborah Armstrong
Armstrong is a leading lawmaker on health care issues and has worked to make health care more accessible and affordable. The chair of the House Health & Human Services Committee says if re-elected she plans to re-introduce medical aid-in-dying legislation for the terminally ill. Her voice would again carry a lot of weight on the sensitive topic as a former Cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department and someone who has worked in health care for 40 years, including as a practicing physical therapist and health care manager.
Armstrong supports open primaries, making Election Day a holiday, reforming the state’s gross receipts tax system, revamping the capital outlay process and investing in early childhood education. We hope she will re-evaluate her support for a moratorium on fracking given the importance of oil and gas to the entire state.