Q&A: 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes - Albuquerque Journal

Q&A: 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes

Michelle Garcia Holmes

NAME: Michelle Garcia Holmes


OCCUPATION: Small business owner

CITY OF RESIDENCE: Bernalillo, New Mexico

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Eight years as chief of staff in state government, 20 Years with the Albuquerque Police Department, serving as a police officer and detective, former member of the Child Fatality Review Board, Domestic Violence Review Team and former member of the Human Trafficking Task Force, former liaison to New Mexico’s congressional delegation, former member of Joint Terrorism Task Force.

EDUCATION: Saint Mary’s and Valley High School Graduate, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education


1. What is the biggest issue New Mexico is facing right now and how would you address it in Congress?

High crime and the southern border crisis. Drug and human trafficking are out of control. Fentanyl is killing our young people and contributing to the violence. We need bond reform and to end “catch and release” immediately. Violent criminals must be prosecuted and our southern border must be secured.

2. What is your position regarding climate change? What actions should Congress take, if any, regarding the environment?

The U.S. leads the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I support advancing energy by utilizing scientific methods, we can create new technologies and new streams of energy to balance our needs. As a global problem; we must encourage other nations to be more aggressive in protecting the environment as well.

3. What is your position on the leasing of federal land for oil, gas and mineral development? Do you think the federal government should change course and issue new leases?

New Mexico depends on the oil and gas industry; it funds our schools & government. I will ensure the NM energy industry regulations are thoughtfully evaluated through scientific evidence, not political campaign posturing. I support new leases to bolster New Mexico revenue, support good paying jobs and lower our gasoline prices.

4. What is your position on the U.S.’s response to the war in Ukraine? Are there additional actions the U.S. should be taking?

Joe Biden is a disaster; he has weakened our military. His pulling out of Afghanistan was also a disaster. I support the Ukrainians; no dictator should ever viciously kill children and families like Putin has done. The United States must protect strategic NATO areas and provide necessary support to allies.

5. What actions should Congress take regarding people now living illegally in the U.S.? What about for those who want to come in?

Congress must secure our nation’s borders. In Congress I will stop Biden’s harmful and illegal immigration policies, pursue strong and effective solutions for our immigration system, resolve DACA, provide common sense legislation that updates our immigration policies, balances workforce needs, increases funding for homeland security and supports a secure border.

6. 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 support firearm ownership by law-abiding citizens. I support and will defend the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution. Having been in law enforcement for 30 years, I believe in aggressive prosecution of violators of gun laws and offenses perpetrated with a firearm.

7. Federal spending plays an important role in New Mexico’s economy. What should be done to increase other economic drivers here?

New Mexico, must become more business friendly. Delay employer payroll taxes; offer tax breaks on exports; ease regulation; establish more and promote small business loans, tackle crime, reform our education system. Businesses do not want to establish in a state with cumbersome processes, high crime and a failing education system.

8. What actions do you think Congress should take to address inflation?

Stop the out-of-control spending in Washington. I support a smaller federal government, lower taxes and a balanced budget. Create more opportunity for wealth and good paying jobs by supporting and bringing businesses back to America. Eliminate and reform regulations that make it difficult to do business. Open the supply chain.

9. 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 am Pro-Life. New Mexico is known as the late term abortion capitol of the nation and I oppose late term abortion. We can protect babies and help women make better decisions about their health by collaborating with organizations like Care-Net and Pregnancy-Care-Centers. Taxpayer funded abortions should not be allowed.

10. What should be done at the federal level to address the crisis of opioid addiction? Any other drugs?

Enhancing access to effective treatment, recovery services, and use of overdose-reversing drugs. Circumvent manufacturing of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine in China and Mexico. Strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through data. Fund our U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security, DEA and FBI, to work collaboratively with local law enforcement agencies.

11. What differentiates you from your opponents?

My experience. Our campaign uses the slogan “proven-experienced-effective” because I have a record of getting the job done. Experience matters, I worked eight legislative sessions, started the first state-wide Government Corruption Division, toughened up our child abuse laws and worked with our community to pass New Mexico’s first human-trafficking bill.

12. Why do you want to be a member of Congress?

Proven experience matters, for 37 years I have been a community servant. I am not a politician. I have established policy and legislation for crime and border issues. These crises are harmful to our families. I will work hard on issues like crime, education, our border, gas prices and inflation.

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?


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.



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