NAME: Christina Hall
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OCCUPATION: Doctor of chiropractic
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Former Miss New Mexico 2006; Legislative Policy Work on Identity Theft Legislation; Advocate and Spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network as Miss New Mexico (2006-2007); National Spokesperson LifeLock (2007-2008); Identity Theft Spokesperson for Focus on the Future and the NM Securities Division (2005-2007); Class Representative Palmer Student Council – Palmer College of Chiropractic (2008-2009); Fine Arts Senator – ENMU (2001-2002); International Student Ambassador to Australia – People to People (2001); Legislative Council Delegate – Student American Chiropractic Association (2010-2011).
EDUCATION: Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic (2011); BA, Eastern New Mexico University (2005); La Cueva High School (2001)
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: http://www.hall4hd24.com/
What are the top two things you would do to improve the economy in New Mexico?
I believe that to improve our economy, we need to focus on improving education and decreasing our crime rate. With a better-educated and higher-quality labor pool to draw from and a safer community to live in, businesses will be attracted to New Mexico and our economy will improve.
If the state’s revenue downturn persists, would you favor trimming state spending or increasing taxes as a primary response? Which cost-cutting or revenue-generating measures would you prefer?
I prefer trimming state spending. There are areas where government can achieve greater cost savings and re-allocate those funds to agencies that have demonstrated value to the taxpayer. I would begin with evaluating the need for the hundreds of boards and commissions we have and the possibility of eliminating or consolidating them.
Do you support or oppose the current policy of including student test scores as part of teacher evaluations? If you support the policy, what percentage of the evaluation should the test scores account for?
I support a fair and balanced approach to teacher evaluations. A teacher’s evaluation should not solely be based on student achievement or test scores. 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.
Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico?
Oppose. However, as a healthcare provider, I understand the benefit medical marijuana can provide to patients who have unrelenting pain, PTSD and other conditions that are not managed well by opiates.
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?
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. I also support programs that encourage reading and language arts skills development. Parents should be taught education principles to help them reinforce reading at home.
To provide more money for early childhood programs, which are unspecified, 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?
I support early childhood education; we should be able to find funding for these programs through the use of general fund revenue, not the permanent fund, which is meant for unforeseen, emergency expenses, not recurring programs. Effectiveness of early childhood programs should be measured and funds allocated to successful programs.
Would you support or oppose the creation of a state ethics commission that publicly releases complaints and holds open hearings?
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?
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.
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?
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 does not negatively impact the solvency of the retirement fund?
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.
Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?
I support allowing all registered voters to vote in primary elections.
How should the state’s lottery scholarship program be kept solvent into the future?
As a recipient of the lottery scholarship, I support keeping the program. We should reinstate eligibility requirements to be awarded the scholarship and to continue receiving it. Scholarship students will be able to go to college in New Mexico and hopefully will stay here to begin their careers, bolstering our economy.
Does the state need to toughen its DWI laws? If so, how?
Toughen DWI laws. There should be a no-tolerance policy for DWIs and harsher punishments for offenders, including longer periods of license revocation, heftier fines and imprisonment. No family should ever experience the loss of a friend or family member through the thoughtless act of drunken driving.
Do you support or oppose opening all legislative meetings in connection with the budget to the public?
Do you support or oppose raising New Mexico’s minimum wage, currently $7.50 per hour? If so, by how much?
I support a reasonable minimum wage increase that will not have a negative impact on our small businesses and will 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.
Do you support or oppose reinstating capital punishment in New Mexico for specific crimes like killing a child or killing a law enforcement officer?
Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
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.