NM GOVERNOR & LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR '22 VOTER'S GUIDE

At the New Mexico Business Coalition, we understand that it’s important that each voter is educated in every election, so they can be well-informed, and vote correctly; the person and their positions are more important than the party.

We believe that it’s important that voter’s are careful who they vote for as decisions made by those in authoritative, Government positions will affect all parts of life for New Mexicans from laws and legislation, to financial stability, state development, and even crime-related efforts. Since their positions hold major influence in New Mexico, it’s vital that all voters to look at the qualifications, experience, and stated positions of each candidate, not their party affiliation, so strong leadership is elected in our state.

NEW MEXICO STATE GOVERNOR

Karen Bedonie (L)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Former US House Candidate for CD-03

EXPERIENCE

  • Business Owner
  • Educator

POSITIONS

“Believes in self-resiliency and individual freedom to chase the individual American Dream. Social dependence is the death of prosperity and heavy taxation is the only vein for government to bloom socialist platforms. Karen believes that the freedom and safety of the individual should always rest with the individual.”

-Karen Bedonie

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Michelle Lujan Girsham (D)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Served as Governor since 2019
  • Elected to the Bernalillo County Commission, 2010-2012
  • Elected to New Mexico’s First Congressional District, 2013-2018

EXPERIENCE

  • Appointed as Secretary of the Department of Health in 2004
  • Selected as the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 2016

POSITIONS

  • Investing in Education- dedicated to uplifting every student, parent, educator, and school in New Mexico.
  • Growing our Economy & Creating Jobs- top priority has been to grow and diversify New Mexico’s economy—because booming industry and job opportunities all across the state are critical.
  • Promoting Public Safety- addressing the root causes of crime, and ensuring law enforcement offices across New Mexico have the resources and the tools they need to keep communities safe.
  • Affordable Healthcare & Public Health- committed to making affordable, high-quality, and comprehensive health care available to every New Mexican.
  • Protecting our Air, Land, & Water- continue to take bold action to address the climate crisis, create clean energy jobs, and protect critical natural resources.
  • Saving Money for Families & Businesses- believes in putting money directly into their pockets and addressing the issues people care about most.

-Michelle Lujan Grisham

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Mark Ronchetti (R)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Bachelors Degree from Washington State University in 1996
  • Received GrDip in Meteorology from Mississippi State University

EXPERIENCE

  • Became a certified meteorologist in 1998 and the Chief Meteorologist for Albuquerque’s CBS and FOX affiliates (KRQE) soon after
  • Ran for NM Senate in 2020, lost by a 6.1% margin to Ben Ray Lujan

POSITIONS

  • Crime- End Catch & Release, Fight for Tougher Laws, Secure the Border, Fund & Support the Police, Target Illegal Drugs
  • Economy- Permanent Tax Relief for the Middle Class and Working Families, Expand the health care workforce, Focus on re-employment, not un-employment, Unleash New Mexico Oil and Gas Production, Gross Receipts Tax Cut for Consumers
  • Oil & Gas- believes every
    New Mexican should share in the
    significant revenue contributions
    of the energy industry every year;
    in a predictable, recurring way. 
  • Abortion- pro-life, will seek a middle ground with the legislature that ends late-term abortion, only permitted up to 15 weeks and in cases involving rape, incest, and when a mother’s life is at risk.
  • Election Integrity- believes we must make it easy to vote, hard to cheat, and strongly supports Voter ID measures, requiring voters to show photo ID to vote.
  • Education- believes in giving parents a stronger voice when it comes to their children’s education, by empowering parents, emphasizing local control, and getting money out of bureaucracy and into the classroom.
  • Freedoms- believes that we need to restore the balance by putting government back in its place and allowing freedom to flourish once again in our 2nd Amendment rights and circumstances like COVID.

-Mark Ronchetti

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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Howie Morales (D)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Served at Lieutenant Governor since 2019
  • Attended Western New Mexico University in Silver City
  • Earned his PhD at NMSU in Education

EXPERIENCE

  • Served in the State Senate from 2008-2018, advocating for Education, Universal Healthcare, and Mental Health Programs, along with others
  • Longest serving volunteer of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NM
  • Oversaw the State Public Education Department (PED), calling for a $500 million budget investment in public school classrooms

PRIORITIES

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Veterans
  • Snior Services
  • Mental Health Programs

-Howie Morales

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Travis Sanchez (L)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

UNKNOWN (No website, no accessible online presence, only a small Ballotpedia page)

EXPERIENCE

UNKNOWN

PRIORITIES

UNKNOWN

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Anthony Thornton (R)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Purdue University
  • M.S., engineering (aero/mech interdisciplinary), Stanford University
  • B.S., aerospace engineering sciences, University of Colorado

EXPERIENCE

  • Served as an NM senate analyst for the 60-day 2021 legislative session
  • A certified member of the International Ombudsman Association trained since 2016.
  • Led multi-million dollar programs at Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Martin, allowing him to implement key initiatives tasked by the governor.
  • Elected as 1st vice chair of Bernalillo County in 2021
  • Led the effort to develop and deliver a 6 year strategic plan for the Republican Party of Bernalillo County.

PRIORITIES

  • Education- We have no hope of improving and diversifying our economy without improving the education of our children. 
  • Public Safety- In order to attract the best people and businesses to our state, including the healthcare providers that our people need, we must address the rising crime wave in our cities.
  • Jobs- Any small business operating in New Mexico is at an extreme disadvantage compared to our neighbors because of the burden of Gross Receipts Tax (GRT). The entire thing should be repealed.
  • Election Integrity- will advocate for localized pilot programs in our state to utilize blockchain technology to ensure election integrity

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