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2020 general election: N.M. House of Representatives, District 23

Daymon Ely, Democrat 

Daymon Ely

Community of residence: Corrales, New Mexico

Education: B.A. at Arizona State University; J.D. at Arizona State University

Professional and political experience: House Representative since 2017; Also served on the Sandoval County Commission and as its Chair

Have you ever been charged with a felony or DWI? No.

How can people reach you if they have questions? 505-610-6529 OR daymon@daymonely.com

1. What restrictions or requirements should the state government be allowed to enact in public-health emergencies, and what should be the procedure for enacting them?

The Governor should have the power to mandate certain orders in the time of emergencies, but the legislature needs to be involved in oversight and to make sure we properly exercise our authority over appropriations. This should be brought up in the upcoming legislative session

2. What, if any, changes should be made to funding and regulation for law enforcement in New Mexico?

I support our law enforcement, but I do not believe they have the resources to properly deal with cases that involve mental health issues. We should invest in proper resources to deal with these issues and give law enforcement the tools they need to de-escalate situations that often turn violent.

3. What, if anything, should be done about the issues of racism and racial equality in New Mexico?

We need to invest in programs that develop children’s minds at a young age including Early Childhood Education. Often, the most underserved communities encompass people of color, and it is time that we help create a path that breeds success.

4. What should be done to help New Mexico’s economy recover from the pandemic?

I sponsored the Small Business Recovery Act in the special session of 2020, and that is a good start to keeping businesses in our State afloat. We need to continue to make investments in small businesses and work with the federal government to get aid to these businesses. Small businesses are the lifeline of our State, and we need to be there every step of the way until it is time to completely (and safely) re-open.

5. What are your views on universal health care?

No New Mexican should go without health care. I support the Health Securities Act which would open access to healthcare for all New Mexicans regardless of how much money they earn. I voted to reduce the cost of insulin and prescription drugs last session, and voted to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions in 2019. Ensuring health care could also help us be competitive with surrounding states and attracting business.

6. What would be your top priorities in the upcoming legislative session?

I plan to champion an infrastructure bill that will help boost our economy while providing internet access to all New Mexicans. I will also work across the aisle to improve public education and find new sources of revenue so that a potential budget gap is minimized.

 

Ellis McMath, Republican 

Occupation: Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor

Community of residence: Cottonwood Heights, Albuquerque

Education:

Eastern New Mexico University

Seven Bar Flight School

Navy Whidbey Island Flight School

FAA Air Traffic Controller Academy

Albuquerque Bible College

Albuquerque Police Academy

Rio Grande High School

Professional and political experience:

Albuquerque Reserve Police Officer

Navy Veteran

New Mexico State University Commercial Pilot

FAA Air Traffic Controller

Founder and Director of a non-profit organization

Have you ever been charged with a felony or DWI? No

How can people reach you if they have questions?

ellismcmath@aol.com 505.507.3878

1. What restrictions or requirements should the state government be allowed to enact in public-health emergencies, and what should be the procedure for enacting them?

Our state has suffered more from lost income, suicides, overdose, alcoholism, family abuse and depression than the virus. Governor mandates closing restaurants, business, tourism and houses of worship should be limited to no more than 45 days without legislative approval.

2. What, if any, changes should be made to funding and regulation for law enforcement in New Mexico?

As a retired APD Reserve Police Officer I understand the work they do. It is difficult. Correct and quick decisions are required of them. The officers I have worked with are outstanding individuals. Recruitment of good people is necessary for our safety. I oppose abolishing their protections or funding.

3. What, if anything, should be done about the issues of racism and racial equality in New Mexico?

Every citizen of New Mexico should look at themselves first as a fellow citizen and not be divisive. The majority of New Mexico citizens, being a diverse population, are not racist and do work and play in harmony. Mostly, we have a good record of racial equality. It is my opinion that government cannot solve the problem except to punish lawbreakers. We must respect each other. Regardless of my race, or how my race has been treated in the past, my race does not deserve more or less than another.

4. What should be done to help New Mexico’s economy recover from the pandemic?

Attracting and maintaining small business will be the backbone of our economy. Unfortunately, many have permanently shut down due to the lockdown. We need to research and perhaps incorporate some of the laws, regulations and tax codes from Texas and Arizona as they foster a more business-friendly atmosphere. We should not increase taxes or burdens on small business during this time of recovery.

5. What are your views on universal health care?

Oppose. I believe quality of health care would decrease and would perhaps be rationed under socialized medicine.

6. What would be your top priorities in the upcoming legislative session?

1. Reforming New Mexico’s harmful gross receipts tax code. The current system is a job killer and unfair to business. We are unique in charging taxes as a percentage of total receipts rather than a percent of sales. New business locate in neighboring states like Texas and Arizona.

2. Reforming education. Educational Freedom = Wiser Kids. Money should follow our children not institutions. Vouchers should be issued to parents allowing them to choose public, charter, private or home school options. Additionally, testing requirements should be reformed.

3. Reforming criminal law. We need to be tougher on crime and stop the revolving door, like the “catch & release” program that disheartens our law enforcement officers and makes our communities unsafe. We also need to protect the right to keep and bear arms.

4. Reforming abortion law. Abortion has become a human trafficking issue. Albuquerque is known as the late-term abortion capital of the USA. New Mexico has no late-term abortion restrictions and no parental notifications laws. Young teenagers are transported into Albuquerque without their parent’s knowledge to kill their babies. We are one of few states that allow late-term abortions. I advocate parental notification laws, restrictions on late- term abortion and enacting favorable adoption laws.



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