POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OCCUPATION: Retired police officer, Albuquerque Police Department; state representative, District 23.
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: New Mexico House of Representatives, 2012-present; Albuquerque Police Department, 1983-2010; president, Albuquerque Police Officers Association; former small business owner.
EDUCATION: Valley High School, 1982; Albuquerque Police Academy, 55th cadet class.
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.peopleforpaulpacheco.com
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I am running for re-election because we have already begun to make great progress in the areas of jobs and the economy, taxes, education and public safety. Still, there is much work to be done in ensuring our children receive the best education, cutting taxes and making New Mexico a place for job-creating businesses. I am committed to ending the dangerous policy of providing illegal immigrants with a driver’s license. I am running on my record and the great accomplishments we’ve made, working with community leaders, families and legislators from both parties. This election is about our community, not politics.
1. While additional modifications to the current evaluation system may be necessary, creating a system in which we can accurately evaluate and reward high-performing teachers is critical to ensuring our children receive the best education possible.
2. I vigorously support reform aimed at preventing individuals from taking advantage of a system that is designed to assist hard-working people in their time of need due to genuine work-related injuries.
3. I would support an increase in the state’s minimum wage; however, any increase must ensure New Mexico remains economically competitive with surrounding states while allowing small businesses the ability to not only raise their wages, but also retain and even hire new employees.
4. Since my election to the Legislature, I have led the fight to repeal this irresponsible and dangerous policy. This shortsighted law has resulted in an increase in criminal and fraudulent activity as illegal immigrants flock to New Mexico to obtain a driver’s licenses.
5. I oppose any effort that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Reports from other states that have taken this move, such as Colorado, have been mixed. Those states that legalized the use of this drug did not experience the dramatic increase in tax revenue they expected but rather an increase in criminal activity and DUIs.
6. We must take a serious look into improving the current background check reporting requirements, ensuring we keep firearms out of the hands of criminals, while ensuring law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms is protected. Additionally, we must enforce the federal and state laws that are already on the books.
7. I am adamantly opposed to any form of academic advancement when children haven’t met the basic requirements and skills necessary to be successful. When children are promoted who can’t read, we have collectively failed. Our state’s ability to educate our children is directly linked to our future economic prosperity.
8. Early childhood education is an important step toward educating our young people, and I have, and will, continue to support finding more accommodations within the budget to fund these programs.
9. As a strong supporter of early age education, I would support any effort that allows families from all social and economic backgrounds the ability to provide their children with an education.
10. As a small business owner, I understand the hurdles businesses face, especially during tough economic times. That’s why I support providing various tax incentives to job-creating businesses. These important economic development tools assist in keeping New Mexico economically competitive with surrounding states while boosting our economy.
11. During my time as a police officer, I encountered numerous cases of potential child neglect and would wholly support any policy that would educate and counsel families and guardians on childcare.
12. I would oppose such an effort. Legislation proposed in previous session has not gone far enough in allowing employers the ability to differentiate between a petty crime and dangerous felonies.
14. In 2003, I partnered with a group to bring an indoor soccer league to New Mexico. Like countless small business owners throughout the state, we were sadly forced to close the doors and declare bankruptcy.