Dear Friends:

I have decided to run for NM State Representative, District 38. I think I have a lot to offer as a legislator. I am a social worker, an educator, and I worked in the environmental field for 15 years. Below is a quick summary of my issues of focus.

There are many essentials that make for a secure and prosperous community. Three cornerstones are: Healthcare, Education, and the Economy.

We have competent and compassionate medical professionals in the area, but we don’t have enough of them. I will work to attract more doctors, nurses and others to the area. We need state of the art facilities and proper staffing levels. And every single person, regardless of income or social status, has access to healthcare.

EDUCATION

As an educator, I can tell you that our schools are failing. Teachers and parents have to raise money just to purchase basic supplies, and many of our kids are graduating with sub-par educations. I support early childhood education programs that would invest in our children, and teaching over testing in order to give all children a quality education, regardless of their zip code.

Students are our future – and we should invest in them now by ensuring and expanding access to the lottery scholarship, and offering better vocational schools to those who want to learn a specific trade.

HEALTHCARE

We have competent and compassionate medical professionals in the area, but we don’t have enough of them. I will work to attract more doctors, nurses and others to the area. We need state of the art facilities and proper staffing levels and to make sure that every single person in Grant, Sierra, and Hidalgo counties has access to care regardless of social status.

ECONOMY

Our economic development plans have for too long aimed at recruiting big out of state corporations at the expense of local businesses. Studies have shown that small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Small businesses keep most of their profits in the local economy. We need to shift our priorities to encourage and reward our local businesses. Please read my speech on the economy. Let’s invest in ourselves, not out of state corporations.

Protecting Veterans and Seniors

Southern New Mexico is home to many Veterans and Seniors – they deserve our respect, and I will fight for them to make sure they are taken care of. I will protect retirement benefits and fight for improved facilities at the VA in Truth or Consequences to give our Veterans the respect they deserve.

Thank You,

Karen Whitlock