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Q&A: 1st Congressional District Candidate Mark Moores

Mark Moores

NAME: Mark Moores
OCCUPATION: Health care
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: State senator for nine years; small business owner; chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley; and staff to Congressman Steve Schiff



What role should Congress or the federal government have in responding to calls for more justice in policing following the deaths of George Floyd and others by police?
…I believe Congress can find bipartisan solutions to police reform. Those solutions include providing $500 million to departments across the country for body cameras and other targeted policing reforms. These reforms will improve our law enforcement system to help guarantee equal protection for all.

What is your opinion of the coronavirus response packages, including the American Rescue Plan, which was signed by President Biden? Is there anything you would have done differently?
I was on the front lines battling COVID-19, having personally collected thousands of COVID tests during the pandemic. I supported the state coronavirus response bills, including payments for essential workers, loan programs for small businesses and waiver of fees for restaurants and bars that were shut down due to the pandemic.

What actions to restore the economy, if any, do you feel Congress should take once the outbreak has been contained?
Congress should promote policies that promote growth, competitiveness and productivity. With our vaccination rates as high as they are, it’s time for small businesses and schools to reopen. States need to safely and fully reopen so that the small businesses that were devastated by the pandemic can begin operating again.

What is your position regarding climate change? What actions should Congress take, if any, regarding the environment?
Congress should take actions to make energy more affordable, enact policies that promote innovation, and cleaner energy infrastructure. That does not mean enacting broad policies that would kill American jobs or raise energy prices on Americans.

The Biden administration has issued a temporary moratorium on issuing new oil and gas leases on federal lands. Where do you stand on the issue?
I am opposed to it. New Mexico has 134,000 energy related jobs. President Biden’s ban unfairly attacks New Mexico; we rely on the 134,000 jobs, and 40% of state revenue that funds our schools, roads and law enforcement.

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?
First, we need to secure the border. Washington has failed us for decades on this issue. I am willing to work with anyone, anywhere to come to a bipartisan legal solution that respects the rule of law and respects those who came to this country the right way.

Do you believe the borders are secure enough? If not, what do you propose to increase security?
The ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border coupled with the severe problems from drugs here in New Mexico proves we must secure our border as it is a national security issue. We must provide the DHS the resources they need like technology, and more manpower for patrols.

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 oppose banning or confiscating commonly owned firearms from millions of law-abiding Americans who use them lawfully. … We should enforce federal firearms laws that are already on the books.

Federal spending plays an important role in New Mexico’s economy. What should be done to increase other economic drivers here?
New Mexico will not be able to have economic development with the crime epidemic and out of control murder rate. No businesses will want to move here. That is why it is critical that we make our streets safer and improve our schools to attract economic development.

Do you favor or oppose a national single payer health system?

Do you favor or oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan?
In favor.

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?
Yes, I favor limits on late-term abortions, and I do not believe tax dollars should be used to fund abortions.

What should be done at the federal level to address the crisis of opioid addiction? Any other drugs?
First, we must stop the inflow of drugs into our country, especially the methamphetamine (that) result in so many of the crimes that occur in New Mexico.

Why do you want to be a member of Congress?
I am a proud New Mexican with roots in this state that go back centuries. Lisa and I cherish this state; two of our daughters and our grandchildren live here. I want them to live in a safe and prosperous New Mexico so our great grandchildren can grow up here.


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?
Thirty-three years ago, out of high school I was involved in an altercation and arrested.

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