POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OCCUPATION: Doctor of Chiropractic
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Former Miss New Mexico, 2006; Advocate and spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network as Miss New Mexico, 2006-07; National spokesperson for LifeLock, 2007-08; Identity theft spokesperson for Focus on the Future and the NM Securities Division, 2005-07; Class representative, Palmer Student Council – Palmer College of Chiropractic, 2008-09; Fine Arts Senator – ENMU, 2001-02; International Student Ambassador to Australia – People to People, 2001; Legislative Council delegate – Student American Chiropractic Association, 2010-11.
EDUCATION: Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 2011; BA, Eastern New Mexico University, 2005; La Cueva High School, 2001
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.hall4hd24.com
1. I would prefer trimming state spending. There are areas where government can achieve greater cost savings to the public and reallocate those funds to other agencies that have demonstrated value to the taxpayer. I would begin with evaluating the need for the hundreds of boards and commissions we currently have and the possibility of eliminating or consolidating them.
2. I support a reasonable minimum wage increase that will not have a negative impact on our small businesses and keep New Mexico competitive with surrounding states. I support providing training for low-wage workers to empower them with the skills they need to acquire higher-paying jobs.
3. I support a fair and balanced approach to teacher evaluations. A teacher’s evaluation should not solely be based on student achievement. Student achievement is a part of the equation that can help us determine whether a teacher is effective, however. I believe that educators should be consulted as the Public Education Department further refines the teacher evaluation system.
4. Oppose. However, as a healthcare provider, I understand the benefit medicinal marijuana can provide to patients who have unrelenting pain, PTSD and other conditions that are not managed well by opiates.
5. I support legislation that would require third-graders without adequate reading skills to repeat the grade level and get the intensive tutoring and instruction they need to bring them up to grade level. I also support programs that encourage reading and language art skills development. Parents should be included in summer reading programs and be taught education principles to help them reinforce reading at home.
6. I support early childhood education and we should be able to find funding for these programs through the use of general fund revenue, not the permanent fund which is meant to be for unforeseen, emergency expenses, not recurring programs. Effectiveness of early child programs should be measured and funds should be allocated to successful programs.
8. I support making New Mexico a right-to-work state. Employees shouldn’t be forced to pay union dues as a condition of their employment.
10. Predator management is important to our farming and ranching community. I support reasonable population management efforts to protect our agricultural sector.
12. I support utilizing existing vehicle excise and gasoline tax revenue for state road projects. New Mexico is a very expansive state and well-maintained road infrastructure is critical to our citizens’ safety and economic development.
13. I support allowing retired law enforcement officers to return to work. We are currently losing some of our most experienced law enforcement officers to other states because of our return-to-work policies.
14. I support allowing all registered voters to vote in primary elections.
15. I support expanding the state’s three-strikes law. We have seen again and again the devastation that violent, repeat felons bring to our communities. I believe that those who have demonstrated a propensity towards violence should be behind bars.
17. I support giving counties and municipalities the authority to impose curfew ordinances if they believe it is in the best interest of their community.
19. Oppose. I believe that our current citizen legislator system allows for people with broad and diverse backgrounds to serve in the Legislature, bringing their real-world experience to Santa Fe.
20. Support allowing. I believe that the state would be well served by having the perspectives of teachers and other government sector employees serve in the Legislature.