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Governor

Head of the executive branch and the highest state official in New Mexico.   Appoints and supervises directors of executive departments, appoints members of boards and commissions, and signs or vetoes statutes enacted by the Legislature. Must be at least 30 years old, a United States citizen, and have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding his/her election. Four-year term with no more than two terms in succession. Salary: $110,000.

Michelle Lujan Grisham (Democrat)


1. In light of continuing changes to the Affordable Care Act, what will you do to ensure that New Mexicans have access to quality health care? (65 words)

The Affordable Care Act has helped hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans gain health coverage; unfortunately, Congress and the Trump administration are still trying to weaken and repeal the law. As Governor, I will support maintaining expanded medicaid and strengthening the program with a buy-in option, lower drug prices through coordinated purchasing, and a stronger behavioral health system in every corner of the state.

2. What would you do in your role as Governor to support sufficient funding for education, including early childhood education? (65 words)
We have a constitutional and moral obligation to give each New Mexico student the opportunity to grow and succeed through public education. This must begin with quality early childhood education, which is why I a prudent permanent fund distribution to help fund universal pre-k. I’ll also put more dollars in our classrooms by diversifying revenues, streamlining administration, and giving educators a much-deserved raise.

3. How do you propose to improve the economy and job prospects in New Mexico? (65 words)

3. First, I’ll invest in our people. I’ll strengthen public education and create workforce training opportunities in schools and colleges that targets jobs in key growth sectors like biotechnology and clean energy. Second, I’ll work to invest in those sectors with our permanent funds and expand international trade and investment. Third, I’ll raise the minimum wage while creating clear pathways for families to escape poverty.

4. Do you support expanding the use of clean energy, and if so, how? (65 words)

I support making New Mexico the leader in clean energy development and technology. We must provide more clean energy for ourselves and export to neighboring states, creating thousands of good jobs. I’ll increase our renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2040, invest in energy-efficient renovations and technology, and work to eliminate unnecessary and harmful methane emissions from our oil/gas production.

5. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (65 words)

There are clear steps we must take to reduce gun violence in our communities. First, we must strengthen our gun laws with truly universal background checks, taking guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, and a ban on military-style assault weapons. Second, I will support school-safety improvements and hiring more police to working with our communities to stop and solve crime.

Steve Pearce (Republican)


1. In light of continuing changes to the Affordable Care Act, what will you do to ensure that New Mexicans have access to quality health care? (65 words)

The Act has failed in several areas. Insurance companies are exiting the state, health insurance costs more, covers less and has higher deductibles. I will rebuild the private insurance market and implement measures such as shopping across state lines, covering preventive medicine with insurance and incentivizing healthy lifestyles. I will hold pharmaceuticals and physicians accountable to not over prescribe or send excessive prescriptions by mail.

2. What would you do in your role as Governor to support sufficient funding for education, including early childhood education? (65 words)

Our schools are broken, badly managed and falling short. I propose shifting money from administrative costs into classrooms, letting teachers focus on teaching and holding administrators to account for better management. Simply spending more alone won’t work unless we change the system to allow teachers to focus on students. I fully support current early childhood programs, but funding needs to be within our state budget.

3. How do you propose to improve the economy and job prospects in New Mexico? (65 words)

I will put my business experience to work growing and diversifying the economy. We need high tech jobs for the PhD’s and researchers. We will have apprenticeship programs to train for the skilled jobs that are waiting for workers (plumbers, truck drivers, electricians etc.) We need a rural economy like hydroponic organic greenhouses to make NM food self-sufficient with fresh, pesticide free, year-round food.

4. Do you support expanding the use of clean energy, and if so, how? (65 words)

I’ve long supported clean energy and will support its expansion. I’ll recruit companies to NM who’ve committed to using 100% renewable energy. Solar and wind power are natural areas for NM to excel in but we also have biomass and geothermal energy that can be tapped. We’ll link our labs and universities with this natural skill set to become a national leader in clean energy.

5. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (65 words)

The question of gun control has several components including repeal of the Second Amendment which I do not support doing. I do support holding federal agencies accountable for failing to heed warning signs and reports of violent tendencies. To protect students, schools can take preventive measures without gun control including 100% controlled access, metal detectors, remote locking of corridors and expanded mental/behavioral health counseling.


Lieutenant Governor

Serves as Acting Governor when the Governor is out of the state, provides constituent services, presides over the New Mexico Senate and can vote in the event of a tie. In a general election the Lieutenant Governor is elected jointly with the Governor. Must be at least 30 years old, a United States citizen, and have resided continuously in New Mexico for the five years preceding his/her election. Four-year term with no more than two terms in succession. Salary: $85,000.

Howie C Morales (Democrat)


1. What qualifications and attributes do you have that prepare you to succeed as Lieutenant Governor? (65 words)

As a father, an educator, a coach and a Senator, I’ve been on the front lines, fighting for our families and ensuring the next generation has every opportunity to succeed. I have fought for increased funding for our classrooms, public safety, and job training programs. As a key voice on the Senate Finance Committee, I’ve worked tirelessly to make state’s budget more reflective of our ….

2. The Governor usually assigns tasks to the Lieutenant Governor. What issues would you like to work on to improve the lives of New Mexicans? (65 words)

I look forward to working with Michelle Lujan Grisham to make bold investments into our classrooms as well as apprenticeships and skills training so that every New Mexican has a chance at a good paying job here at home. I’ll use my experience in the classroom to help fix our public education system and ensure we are spending more time teaching our children and less ….

Michelle Garcia Holmes (Republican)


1. What qualifications and attributes do you have that prepare you to succeed as Lieutenant Governor? (65 words)

New Mexico is my home. I was educated here (Bachelor of Science) and served 30 years as a commissioned police woman (Detective, & Chief of Staff.) I am a wife, mother, and grandmother and my passion is to serve. I have made a career of standing up for New Mexicans and I will work to make New Mexico prosperous and safe for all. Website: Ltgov2018.com

2. The Governor usually assigns tasks to the Lieutenant Governor. What issues would you like to work on to improve the lives of New Mexicans? (65 words)

Public safety is the backbone of any prosperous community. I will utilize my experience to pull together our state’s resources to tackle crime. Safe cities help our businesses grow and attract new businesses to New Mexico. Child abuse, drug trafficking, violent and property crimes are holding us back, we can provide a brighter future for our children and families through experienced leadership and hard work.


Secretary of State

New Mexico’s chief elections officer, overseeing the entire election process. Regulates lobbyist activity and reporting of campaign finances, and maintains records vital to commerce and industry in New Mexico. Must be at least 30 years old, a citizen of the United States, and have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding his/her election. Four-year term with no more than two terms in succession. Salary: $85,000.

Maggie Toulouse Oliver (Democrat)


1. Describe both the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for this office. (65 words)

Having served as Secretary of State for nearly two years and Bernalillo County Clerk for 10 years, I have experience running open, transparent elections; making voting accessible; and ensuring our elections systems are secure. Further, as Secretary of State, I have shined a light on dark money in politics, made elected officials’ financial dealings public and made it easier for people with disabilities to vote.

2. What actions would you take to increase voter registration and voter turnout? (65 words)

Increased registration and turnout are key to ensuring government reflects the will of the people. As Secretary of State, I have worked with the Motor Vehicle Department to make it easier for eligible voters to register or update their registration. I also created nmvote.org so voters can easily check their registration, find polling places, review sample ballots and request an absentee ballot online.

3. Do you support any changes in New Mexico’s voting procedures, such as online voting, mail-in voting, or requiring picture/photo IDs at the polls? (65 words)

I support policies that enhance the security and integrity of elections. Mail-in voting is a possible option that I am considering. While I’m open to exploring block-chain and technologies that could create secure online voting, we aren’t there yet. Finally, voter ID laws don’t make elections safer; they make it harder for elderly voters, the poor and people of color to cast a ballot.

4. What changes, if any, would you support in campaign finance regulation and reporting? (65 words)

As Secretary of State, I enacted rules to shine a light on dark money in politics. I also made elected officials’ financial disclosure forms available online. Transparency is key. Additionally, we will soon update and streamline the technology that candidates use for their reports to make it easier for campaigns to follow the rules and for the public to follow the money.

5. Do you support open primaries? Please explain. (65 words)

I support open primaries. Our current primary system excludes too many voters. I would like to see a primary system in which voters who are not registered with a major party can choose the primary in which they would like to vote. When voters know that their voices are heard, they are more likely to trust and participate in our election process.

Ginger G Grider (Libertarian)


1. Describe both the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for this office. (65 words)

Firstly, I am a citizen of the State of New Mexico. I have co-owned and operated a small business in New Mexico for the past 24 years with my husband. I have served the citizens of New Mexico as an advocate for special needs families around the State with Parents Reaching Out as a Families as Faculty volunteer for 5 years.

2. What actions would you take to increase voter registration and voter turnout? (65 words)

Education, education, education. I believe that a better-informed electorate is what is needed to revitalize our state, county, and local elections and bring its citizens out of voter apathy. A clear understanding of what the Offices being voted on do and how they intersect with the average New Mexican’s life, is critical to increasing both voter registration and turn out.

3. Do you support any changes in New Mexico’s voting procedures, such as online voting, mail-in voting, or requiring picture/photo IDs at the polls? (65 words)

I wholeheartedly support any measure that would increase voter participation. I am excited about “Blockchain” capabilities as it applies to voting and have been following the development of it as such. Any measure that aides the New Mexico citizen in being able to participate in their representative government is a good thing.

4. What changes, if any, would you support in campaign finance regulation and reporting? (65 words)

I feel that the law is sufficient and adequate and that it only need be applied fairly and equitably to all New Mexicans regardless of their party affiliation to work the way it was intended to ensure transparency to the electorate.

5. Do you support open primaries? Please explain. (65 words)

I support open primaries over closed ones but ultimately, they are simply first draft team picking subsidized by the New Mexican tax payer. If a political party chooses to have a primary, then it is my opinion that the party pay for that themselves and not hoist the bill off on the tax payer who may or may not be invested in the process.


Gavin S Clarkson (Republican)


1. Describe both the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for this office. (65 words)

Proven job creator. Brought $3/4 billion to rural and tribal areas in New Mexico. Law degree and three business degrees. Wrote software for state ethics law compliance. Taught corporate law and computer science for decades, including secured transactions and corporate formation matters that became the responsibility of the Secretary of State in 2013. Cybersecurity experience. Enrolled tribal member. Veteran.

2. What actions would you take to increase voter registration and voter turnout? (65 words)

I would stop the weaponization of the Secretary of State’s office that has left many New Mexicans feeling disenfranchised, including independents and non-progressive Democrats. I will work to ensure that every vote counts, but also ensure that Zombies, Aliens, and Canines do not vote. I would increase active military and tribal participation in elections, including the translation of ballots into Native languages.

3. Do you support any changes in New Mexico’s voting procedures, such as online voting, mail-in voting, or requiring picture/photo IDs at the polls? (65 words)

When a non-citizen votes, a citizen’s vote is diminished. Our ancestors including my father, the first American Indian jet pilot, fought against tyranny to protect our freedoms. Allowing those who cheated the system to vote is an insult to both our veterans and to all the legal immigrants who followed the rules. I will implement Voter ID, which is supported by 70% of New Mexicans.

4. What changes, if any, would you support in campaign finance regulation and reporting? (65 words)

The Secretary of State is not supposed to make laws. Legislators make laws. Yet when the legislative process did not produce a result that my opponent wanted, she unilaterally decided to violate the First Amendment rights of anyone who donated to a cause that she opposes. I will rescind that illegal policy, protect First Amendment freedoms, and keep Antifa away from you and your family.

5. Do you support open primaries? Please explain. (65 words)

I believe that members of political parties have constitutionally protected freedoms, including the freedom to associate. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parties, as private organizations, have a constitutional right to manage their own affairs without undue state interference. There are other mechanisms that have the potential to increase voter choice, particularly for independents, but that is a matter for the legislature to consider.


State Auditor

Assures that the financial affairs of every state and local entity are thoroughly examined and audited each year and determines that such audits conducted by independent auditors are made in a competent manner. Must be at least 30 years old, a United States citizen, and have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding his/her election. Four-year term with no more than two terms in succession. Salary: $85,000.

Brian S. Colón (Democrat)


1. What experience, education and other qualifications do you have for the State Auditor position? (65 words)

My finance degree (New Mexico State University) and law degree (University of New Mexico) are a perfect fit for this office. I also have 25+ years as an entrepreneur and work with business/government transactions along with philanthropic endeavors as I built a legal career will make me an effective State Auditor. I will fight corruption, waste, fraud and abuse while addressing public policy issues.

2. Which areas require the immediate attention of this office? (65 words)

Fighting corruption, waste, fraud and abuse demand immediate attention. I will expand OSA’s capacity and engage voters in all 33 counties to identify areas of fraud/abuse needing investigation. Taxpayers know best where there are areas of concern and utilizing taxpayers is the most effective way to fight corruption. I will build on momentum created by previous auditors, AG Hector Balderas and Mayor Tim Keller.

3. The State Auditor contracts with independent public accounting firms to audit state agencies. Should these firms be prohibited from making campaign contributions to candidates for State Auditor? Why or why not? (65 words)

Independent accounting firms that contract with the Office of State Auditor should be prohibited from making campaign contributions to candidates for State Auditor due to potential conflicts of interest. We should also consider whether similar contributions to gubernatorial candidates should be prohibited for the same reason. Our system of campaign finance needs to be changed. Public financing discussions and solutions should continue.

Wayne A Johnson (Republican)


1. What experience, education and other qualifications do you have for the State Auditor position? (65 words)

My experience as State Auditor, successful owner of a media business, and two-term Bernalillo County Commissioner come together to achieve the primary objectives of my office – transparency and accountability. As Auditor, I uncover facts and report back to the public without regard to politics or partisanship. I am a strong, independent voice for New Mexico families and answer only to the public.

2. Which areas require the immediate attention of this office? (65 words)

First, to expose and bring into compliance taxpayer-funded organizations that have heretofore hidden from public scrutiny -like the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and the High Risk Pool. I’ve already uncovered hundreds of thousands of public dollars used for everything from $8,000 parties to WhistlePig whiskey. Also, provide accountability for seniors and their conservators and improve financial practices of entities subject to State Auditor’s review.

3. The State Auditor contracts with independent public accounting firms to audit state agencies. Should these firms be prohibited from making campaign contributions to candidates for State Auditor? Why or why not? (65 words)

There are serious First Amendment issues when restricting legal contributions from specific groups. However, I do not solicit contributions from firms who go through the OSA firm profile process. Also, all but a few of the over 1,300 audits performed annually are procured by the organization being audited. It’s a good process that protects the IPA from unscrupulous candidates while helping to guarantee high-quality audits.


State Treasurer

Serves as the state’s banker and is entrusted with receiving, keeping, and disbursing state money; deposits funds in financial institutions to invest; and oversees the short-term investment fund. Must be at least 30 years old, a United States citizen, and have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding his/her election. Four-year term with no more than two terms in succession. Salary: $85,000.

Tim Eichenberg (Democrat)


1. What specific financial training and experience do you have that qualifies you to perform this function? (65 words)

Four years’ experience as New Mexico State Treasurer. Elected two terms Bernalillo County Treasurer. Worked in private sector for over 30 years as Property Tax Consultant, General Contractor and Real Estate Broker. Appointed by the Governor as New Mexico State Property Tax Director (2004). Elected to New Mexico Senate (2008); Chaired Restructuring Committee and Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee.

2. What are your highest priorities for this office and how do you intend to accomplish them? (65 words)

The Safety of New Mexico’s money is the first priority, followed by ensuring required liquidity and then maximizing yield. Manage New Mexico’s cash with integrity and transparency. Improving the quality of life for all New Mexicans through promoting ABLE NM so people with disabilities establish tax-free savings without losing public-assistance eligibility and Help New Mexico’s private-sector employees to retire financially secure.

3. What, if any, changes would you recommend in the policies and operations of the State Treasurer’s office? (65 words)

We have recently implemented the State SHARE System (accounting program) in the State Treasurer’s office. All other State agencies currently utilize this system. I initiated legislation regarding transparency in investment fees that passed the legislature but was vetoed by the Governor, but will try again in 2019. Other changes that I believed needed to be implemented have been accomplished over the last three years.

Arthur L Castillo (Republican)


1. What specific financial training and experience do you have that qualifies you to perform this function? (65 words)

Bachelor’s degree Business Administration; Chief Finance Officer, NM State Treasurers office; Paymaster, grant accountant, writer, administrator, City of Albuquerque; Grant accountant, writer, administrator, transportation planner, NM Department of Transportation; Physical Plant Director, University of Albuquerque; Accounting manager, Bernalillo County Treasurers office; plus entry level positions as a property control and payroll clerk; 4 year veteran of the U.S. Navy.

2. What are your highest priorities for this office and how do you intend to accomplish them? (65 words)

Evaluate policies and procedures before making changes as necessary to comply with federal regulations, state of NM statutes, and other mandates required by GAAP and GAAFR. Hire the most qualified executive staff within the area of expertise. Review staff functions and set or adjust internal audit procedures for all functions of the STO.

3. What, if any, changes would you recommend in the policies and operations of the State Treasurer’s office? (65 words)

I was not able to find the STO’s policies and procedures, the STO does not publish their Policies and Procedures on their website. The prior administration’s Policies and Procedures were sufficient for that time. Changes will be made to insure legal mandates are adhered to. I do not intend to waste money to make unnecessary changes.


State Attorney General

interest. Represents the state before courts or agencies and provides legal opinions upon request of the Legislature, state officials or district attorneys. Must be an attorney licensed by the New Mexico Supreme Court, at least 30 years old, a citizen of the United States, and have resided continuously in New Mexico for the five years preceding his/her election. Four-year term with no more than two terms in succession. Salary: $95,000.

Hector Balderas (Democrat)


1. Describe both the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for this office. (65 words)

Growing up in poverty has made me an aggressive street fighter. This personal experience created the conviction that everyone – no matter their background – deserve opportunities to succeed. As a prosecutor and certified fraud examiner I uncovered the largest public school embezzlement in state history. As AG, I will continue to tirelessly pursue those who exploit the vulnerable and ensure the safety and prosperity of families.

2. What are your highest priorities for this office, and how do you intend to accomplish them? (65 words)

My top priorities are to protect vulnerable children who fall through the cracks through systemic failures, protect hard working consumers by combatting political corruption and unfair trade practices by corporations, and continue partnering with local, state and federal authorities to fight against crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, and violent crimes.

3. What will you do to make public officials more accountable to the general public? (65 words)

I will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute public officials regardless of party affiliation. I will continue to fight for pension forfeiture for public officials who violate the law and continue to partner with NM citizens who courageously step forward to report public corruption. I will continue to fight for tougher penalties against government agencies that are not transparent to the public.

4. What will you do to protect New Mexicans from consumer fraud? (65 words)

5. What is the Attorney General’s role in fighting the opioid crisis in New Mexico? (65 words)

5. New Mexicans are dying at an alarming rate. I have filed suit against opioid distributors and manufacturers in order to secure funding to be reinvested in education, treatment, and law enforcement. I have launched Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network, a public opioid abuse training program aimed to educate advocates, law enforcement, healthcare professionals and policy makers on the impact of opioid abuse.

A Blair Dunn (Libertarian)


1. Describe both the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for this office. (65 words)

A major function of the Attorney General’s office is to enforce laws regarding accountability and transparency. I have a proven track record in court of fighting for the public on public records laws for which I received a Dixon Award from the Foundation for Open Government and against the government trampling the civil rights of citizens.

2. What are your highest priorities for this office, and how do you intend to accomplish them? (65 words)

My highest priorities are 1) prosecuting corruption of all government officials that break the law regardless of party affiliation, 2) fixing a broken family law system by addressing the violations of civil rights by the judiciary and providing opinion to the legislature, and 3) protecting our water resources by requiring both government and private individuals to follow the law regarding the use of our water.

3. What will you do to make public officials more accountable to the general public? (65 words)

believe that AG should set an example by being the most transparent government official. As top lawyer for the state my client is the public and I believe they deserve to know what their lawyer is doing for them. Transparency promotes accountability and that is the number one job for the AG. I will start a whistleblower hotline to report government waste and abuse.

4. What will you do to protect New Mexicans from consumer fraud? (65 words)

I believe that increased responsiveness to the public and prosecution of consumer fraud case will decrease the occurrence of consumer fraud in New Mexico.

5. What is the Attorney General’s role in fighting the opioid crisis in New Mexico? (65 words)

The Attorney General will play a major role in drug policy and criminal justice reform in New Mexico. We need to stop treating drug use as a crime and treat it as mental health issue. I believe that the opioid crisis would be reduced by the decriminalization of marijuana use and protecting the medicinal cannabis patients’ rights.



Michael Eugene Hendricks (Republican)


1. Describe both the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for this office. (65 words)

I have 15+ years in Business Management and the OAG is a crime fighting and protection business for the people of NM and our children. I am a lawyer with experience in various areas of law. I have a passion for justice and safety.

2. What are your highest priorities for this office, and how do you intend to accomplish them? (65 words)

Work with local law enforcement to quell crime. Crime is what has hampered our business development. Investigating to root out corruption in government. Use parental and personal education to reduce opioid/drug abuse; and, work to have facilities for proper treatment of those caught in the throes of drug addiction. Resolve the water rights issue (Texas v. NM).

3. What will you do to make public officials more accountable to the general public? (65 words)

Many of our public officials believe that they are above the law; I believe that we should be servants of the people, held to an even higher standard. Investigate even the slightest perception of corruption. Also, I will work to increase transparency by actually enforcing IPRA regulations.

4. What will you do to protect New Mexicans from consumer fraud? (65 words)
I will work to revamp the processes for enforcement of the current consumer fraud laws. I will not farm out large lawsuits to outside counsel unless absolutely necessary; and, if necessary, then after a competitive bidding and evaluation process.

5. What is the Attorney General’s role in fighting the opioid crisis in New Mexico? (65 words)

All drug abuse is a blight on a civil society. The AG is tasked with working with local law enforcement to deter and prosecute abusers. However, education for children and families as well as the pressure for and use of treatment facilities with after treatment planning is a huge tool that is not currently being utilized.


Commissioner of Public Lands

Leads the State Land Office, which manages 9 million acres of land and 13 million acres of mineral rights held in trust to support public schools, universities, hospitals, charitable purposes and penitentiaries. Must be at least 30 years of age, a United States citizen, and have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding his/her election. Four-year term with no more than two terms in succession. Salary: $90,000.

Stephanie Garcia Richard (Democrat)


1. Describe both the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for this office. (65 words)

Chair of the House Education Committee, 3-term State Representative and awarded “Spirit of Bipartisanism” by NM First, I have represented all land office issues and users; on both sides of the aisle. I’m excited to leverage the mandate by ensuring we increase funding for early childhood education, schools, and hospitals. I’ve championed renewable energy and job training to assist in diversification away from extractive industries.

2. How will you balance responsible stewardship of state trust lands while maximizing the revenues necessary for the support of the beneficiaries? (65 words)

The land office needs to make decisions with the recognition that the health of the environment, the economy, the public, and the animals are inextricably intertwined; ensuring optimal revenue generation while preserving the land for future generations. With that said, oil and gas will continue to be a mainstay in our state and we must ensure we’re maximizing our financial returns while guaranteeing environmental safeguards.

3. How can the Land Commissioner improve enforcement of environmental regulations on state trust lands? (65 words)

lease agreements include requirements to adhere to clean air and water standards. Second, we must partner with other agencies on oversight, encouraging them to report when
they witness a violation occurring. Finally, we must increase our field capacity in the office, so we have more eyes on state trust land.

4. How would you generate additional revenue for the beneficiaries of the trust? (65 words)

I will restore the $700 million in renewable energy projects abandoned by the current office holder and implement a program that would establish transmission lines that allow for New Mexico to make royalties from selling renewable energy to vast markets in the West, like we do with oil and gas.

Patrick H Lyons (Republican)


1. Describe both the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for this office. (65 words)

I served as the Commissioner of Public Lands from 2003-2010, and have the experience to provide the leadership the Land Office needs to move New Mexico forward and raise revenue in a sustainable way for education and the 22 beneficiaries. During my tenure, I raised a record $4Billion in revenue with a flat budget for 8 years and every dollar accounted for.

2. How will you balance responsible stewardship of state trust lands while maximizing the revenues necessary for the support of the beneficiaries? (65 words)

Stewardship of State Trust Land is very important and I want to ensure that our future generations can enjoy the benefits from State Trust Land. I will ask the Legislature to fund a restoration program to keep State Trust Land clean and our forests healthy. While Land Commissioner, I initiated a program called “Don’t Trash the Trust,” which worked with communities and lessees to care for the land.

3. How can the Land Commissioner improve enforcement of environmental regulations on state trust lands? (65 words)

The Land Office needs to work closely with the NM Environment Department and the NM Department of Energy, Minerals
and Natural Resources, Oil Conservation Division. They need to bring on an environmental engineer to interpret and enforce regulations on State Trust Land. The Land Office also needs to establish an environmental advisory board with professionals that have the knowledge and experience to make recommendations on how to care for State Trust Land.

4. How would you generate additional revenue for the beneficiaries of the trust? (65 words)

I will diversify the energy portfolio by continuing to create renewable energy projects like wind and solar leases on State Trust Lands. I will expand opportunities for commercial leases in urban areas, such as the projects I supported as Land Commissioner, including UNM West, Presbyterian Rust and Cleveland High School. I would expand outdoor recreational access and opportunities on State Trust Land.


Michael G Lucero (Libertarian)

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