NAME: Idalia Lechuga-Tena
POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
OCCUPATION: Bilingual Consultant
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: State of New Mexico, Communications Director, NM Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program; founder and CEO, ILT International, LLC, a consulting firm that provides services on government affairs, marketing, public relations in English, Spanish, Italian, French; Pete Dinelli for Mayor of Albuquerque, campaign manager; New Mexico House of Representatives, House Majority Office, majority analyst for 2010 and 2011 sessions; city of Albuquerque, Office of the Mayor, assistant to Mayor Martin J. Chávez; lived in the SE Heights since 1994; past president, La Mesa Community Improvement Association; helped organize International District Festival; first naturalized female from Mexico to ever serve in the NM Legislature.
EDUCATION: University of New Mexico with degrees in Economics and Political Science, with a concentration in International Politics. Universidad Pública de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain / Summer School Paris, France. Published Academic Research: The Positive Effects of the Immigration Spectrum in the United States in the Economic and Political Sector, written in Spanish, English, French; attended Kirtland Elementary School, Wilson Middle School, and Highland High School. .
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: idalia4nm.com
1. We must diversify and grow economy and streamline state government. We should look for areas in which we can save money, never on the back of employees or at the cost of cutting much needed services. We must find ways to grow our economy to compete with our neighbors, invest in small businesses and our film industry.
2. The minimum wage is so far behind where it should be. I believe in $15 an hour. I support a minimum wage in New Mexico indexed to the consumer price index, but it must start at $15 an hour. In the 2016 legislative session, I supported and co-sponsored a bill that Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, D-Santa Fe, sponsored to increase minimum wage.
3. Student achievement should always be part of teacher evaluation. Student progress should be an element of teacher evaluation, but not on high stakes testing. The testing companies are making hands over fist on these deals, but our children are not benefitting. I support 3-tier licensure and rewarding excellence.
4. I support legalizing. Our local police officers have more important things to do, and weeks in jail and a record that prevents someone from finding a job is just too harsh for simple possession, especially for young people. I do think this issue should be placed on the ballot.
5. Oppose. NM has a good retention law already, one that gives teachers and parents a say in retention Those retentions are a last resort and done when the experts (teachers, school personnel) and parents agree.
6. Support. Early childhood education is essential to all of our children. We must provide an opportunity for all of our children.
7. Support. It is time.
8. Oppose. I voted against this law at the 2016 legislative session. Every state that has passed right to work legislation has noticed a rise in worker injuries and benefits and wages have gone down. This is not the right direction for New Mexico.
10. I support a law banning coyote-killing contests. I support banning trapping and poisons on public lands.
17. I supported this legislation in the 2016 session.
20. Of course not. We are a citizen Legislature.