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. 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.