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NAME: Christine Trujillo
POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
OCCUPATION: Retired Educator and Union Leader
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Served two two-year terms for House District 25. Have other extensive experience in community advocacy and leadership.
EDUCATION: BA in education, New Mexico Highlands University; MA in education, University of New Mexico
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.christinetrujillo.com
1. If the state’s revenue downturn persists, would you favor trimming state spending or increasing taxes as a primary response? Please specify which cost-cutting or revenue-generating measures you would prefer.
2. Do you support or oppose raising New Mexico’s minimum wage, currently $7.50 per hour? If so, by how much?
3. Do you support or oppose the current policy of including student achievement as part of teacher evaluations? If you support the policy, what percentage of the evaluation should achievement account for.
4. Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico?
5. Current state law requires early-grade reading intervention. Coupled with that, do you support or oppose legislation that would automatically require some third-graders without adequate reading skills to repeat the grade level?
6. To provide more money for early childhood programs, do you support or oppose taking more money out of the state’s largest permanent fund on an annual basis? If you are in support, what sort of accountability measures would you favor?
7. Would you support or oppose the creation of a state ethics commission that publicly releases complaints and holds open hearings?
8. Do you support or oppose making New Mexico a so-called right-to-work state, by changing state labor laws so that nonunion employees would not have to pay union fees as a condition of employment?
9. Do you support or oppose banning abortions after 20 weeks in New Mexico?
10. Do you support or oppose a law banning coyote-killing contests? Do you support or oppose banning trapping and poisons on public lands?
11. Do you support or oppose updating the current prohibition in the law on assisted suicide in order to allow aid-in-dying under certain medical circumstances?
12. Do you support or oppose a change that would earmark the state’s existing vehicle excise and gasoline tax revenue for state road projects?
13. Do you support or oppose allowing retired law enforcement officers to return to work while still collecting pension benefits to shore up department staffing, if the program protects the solvency of the retirement fund?
14. Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?
15. Do you support or oppose expanding the state’s three-strikes law for repeat violent offenders?
16. Do you support or oppose enacting a “cooling-off” period before former lawmakers could lobby the Legislature?
17. Do you support or oppose passing a law that would allow local governments to impose curfews on minors under the age of 16?
18. Do you support or oppose archiving webcasts of all legislative meetings for public access?
19. Do you support or oppose establishing a salary for legislators?
20. Should public employees, including teachers, be prohibited by law from serving in the Legislature? Please explain.
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.
1. We need to do both. Our government has a responsibility to be efficient and effective when spending state revenues and to adequately fund our schools and social programs. We need to close corporate tax loopholes. We can raise $50 million of new revenue by repealing the capital gains tax exemption.
2. I support raising the minimum wage to eventually reach $15 an hour, which is a living wage that will allow them to afford the basic necessities to support and raise their families.
3. I support evaluations that are valid, relevant, and approved by our teachers and communities. PARCC (currently implemented in NM against the will of most educators) is not a proven method for evaluation of our students, educators, and schools. I encourage readers to research Diane Ravitch’s writings on this topic.
4. I support legalizing recreational marijuana. As seen in Colorado, legalizing marijuana can raise state tax revenues to help us fund our government and schools. There is no proof that using marijuana has any negative health effects much less any as harmful as cigarettes and alcohol are to the human body.
5. I strongly oppose third grade retention legislation. Research shows that retention is not an effective educational policy. Current law allows for the retention of struggling students with concurrence from parents. The proposed law would exclude parents and educators from having a voice in such an important decision.
6. I support using a portion of our permanent fund for early childhood education because I believe giving our children an excellent education from an early age will realize the greatest returns for our state. To learn about this issue and a thorough explanation of my position, visit this URL.
7. I support a state ethics commission. I believe all of our public officials should be held to the highest ethical standards and I believe a transparent state ethics commission would be a strong step in the right direction for ethics in New Mexico politics.
8. I am a worker rights advocate and I support collective bargaining. I believe that the U.S. Supreme Court rendered the correct decision in the case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, reaffirming that both public employees and public employers have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining.
9. I oppose banning abortions after 20 weeks. Politicians are not medical experts and should not be making decisions that only women and their families should have the right to make.
10. I support a ban on coyote-killing contests. I support the banning of trapping and poisoning on public lands.
11. I believe that a family and their doctor should be the people to make that decision.
12. I support earmarking the state’s existing vehicle excise and gasoline tax revenue for state road projects and improvements.
13. I do not support allowing retired law enforcement officers to return to work while still collecting pension benefits.
14. I do not support opening the State’s primary elections.
15. The current law is sufficient if it’s actually implemented. We need to adequately fund our law enforcement officers to enforce the laws already in place and not pass redundant laws just for political gain.
16. I support a cooling-off period for lawmakers before they become lobbyists.
17. I do not support a curfew.
18. I support archiving webcasts of all legislative meetings for public access. I believe we should be completely transparent in the process of making legislation.
19. I believe that our volunteer legislator model is outdated and it currently limits who can serve to only those who have the professional and financial flexibility to attend our annual session and year-round committee meetings.
20. All law abiding citizens have a right to serve if the electorate deems it so.