Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 Primary Election Candidates | 54th Legislature | New Mexico House of Representatives


The Tuesday, June 5th Primary Election is the first part of a very important upcoming general election that will be held in the state of New Mexico on November 6, 2018. Civic Engagement will be very important for Medical Cannabis in 2018, especially for state Medical Cannabis Programs, for Patients, for Caregivers, for Producers, for Medical Providers, for Labs and for Manufacturers.

All 70 House seats are up for election in 2018. New Mexico state representatives serve two-year terms, with all seats up for election every two years. Twenty six representatives will be re-elected without opposition and 14 of those seats are lawmakers who do not even support medical cannabis. 



Form follows Function and Policy makers in New Mexico and the US for that matter- they need to stop using the debate surrounding legalization of cannabis for recreational use to obscure the science and policy regarding the harm reduction achievements of decriminalizing cannabis and the medical use of cannabis. In today’s era of how legalization, cannabis taxation and financial profits of cannabis has spread, the distinction matters and this behoves policy makers to follow a process that achieves the greatest harm reduction. 

For policy makers, in Albuquerque, around the state and in the Roundhouse, their priority should be so it’s clear, it should be removing the public health risks of cannabis prohibition. Those public health risks, like putting people in jail for victimless crimes, jeopardizing people's access public schools and to financial aid for higher education, jeopardizing people’s employment, and exposing people to a underground market that would increase their potential to access more harmful drugs. 

All of those areas of harm reduction are ones that communities in our state can see a public health improvement in, through the decriminalization of cannabis and expansion of the states medical cannabis program.

In 2019 during the Legislative 60 day Session : Pass a bill to Fix & Expand the Medical Cannabis Program, Pass a bill for Decriminalization for the State, Pass a bill for Medical Cannabis Research and get the Industrial Hemp program going with a bill for medical hemp research for the states medical cannabis program.



Today the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program has over 57,000 registered participants (most all of whom are voters) with 35 licensed non-profit producers or LNPP’s now growing 14,550 medical cannabis plants, as the program hits the end of its 10th year. The Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) was created in 2007, as the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, under chapter 210 Senate Bill 523. New Mexico’s medical cannabis history started in 1978, after public hearings the legislature enacted H.B. 329, the nation’s first law recognizing the medical value of cannabis…the first law.

Map of all the State House Districts: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1yJucMacI1apT-1YxclbUHDSnbS8&ll=34.21389915475399%2C-106.02606849999995&z=7



New Mexico House of Representatives Elections, 2018

District 2 - San Juan
*James R.J. Strickler (R) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž


District 13 - Bernalillo

Democratic Primary Candidates
*Patricia Roybal Caballero (D) [ Fully supports medical cannabis ]  πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167464/nm-house-district-13-candidate-patricia-roybal-caballero-2.html
Robert R. Atencio (D) [ Fully supports medical cannabis ]  πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167460/nm-house-district-13-candidate-roberto-atencio.html
Damion Cruzz (D) [ Did not respond to ABQ Journal Q & A ]


District 15 - Bernalillo

(November Election Candidates)
Dayan M. Hochman (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘
http://nmpoliticalreport.com/813719/house-gop-leader-retirement-shock-on-legislative-filing-day/
Brad Winter (R) [ ABQ City Council Member who Voted Against Albuquerque Cannabis Decriminalization ]  πŸ‘Ž
District 17 - Bernalillo
(November Election Candidates)
*Deborah A. Armstrong (D)  ❔
Ray L. Gallegos (R)


District 19 - Bernalillo
*Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D) 
[ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž


District 22 - Bernalillo, Sandoval & Santa Fe
Republican Primary Candidates
Merritt H. Allen (R) (No Clear Policy Position on Medical or recreational cannabis)
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167471/nm-house-district-22-candidate-merritt-allen.html
Gregg W. Schmedes (R) (As a Doctor, he opposes cannabis legalization)
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167477/nm-house-district-22-candidate-gregg-schmedes.html
Unopposed Democrat for this race
Jessica P. Velasquez (D)  [ will update with policy position] πŸ‘


District 24 - Bernalillo
Republican Primary Candidates
Michael J. Meyer (R) [ Opposes cannabis legalization ]  πŸ‘Ž
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167486/nm-house-district-24-candidate-michael-meyer.html
Trey Stephen Morris (R) [ No responce. ]  πŸ‘Ž

Unopposed Democrat for this race
*Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D) [ Fully Supports Medical Cannabis ]  πŸ‘


District 27 - Bernalillo
*Larry A. LarraΓ±aga (R) [ Has supported Medical Cannabis in the past. ]  πŸ‘

Democratic Primary Candidates
Nicholas H. Martin (D) [ Did not respond to ABQ Journal Q & A ]  πŸ‘Ž
William B. Pratt (D) [ Supports medical and his message to “recreational’ marijuana users is “Get A Life. Marijuana Shrinks Testicles.” Emphasis should be preventing childhood use.]πŸ‘Ž
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167499/nm-house-district-27-candidate-william-pratt.html


District 28 - Bernalillo
*Jimmie C. Hall (R)  [ Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž
Melanie Ann Stansbury (D)  πŸ‘


District 30 - Bernalillo
(*Incumbent and MCP Supporter Representative Nate Gentry - (R) Minority Floor Leader; is not running for reelection)
(November Election Candidates)
Natalie Figueroa (D) [ nataliefornewmexico.org ]  πŸ‘
John L. Jones (R)  πŸ‘Ž


District 31 - Bernalillo
Republican Primary Candidates
Mark B. Boslough (R) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and limited support for recreational ] πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167502/nm-house-district-31-candidate-mark-boslough.html
*William "Bill" R. Rehm (R) [ Opposes Cannabis. Has tried to pass Cannabis DUI law. ] πŸ‘Ž

Unopposed Candidate
William A. Wiley, Jr. (L)


District 33 - DoΓ±a Ana
(*Incumbent Bill McCamley (D) is not running for reelection but is running for State Auditor)
Democratic Primary Candidates
Micaela L. Cadena (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and recreational. ] πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167510/nm-house-district-33-candidate-micaela-cadena.html
Guenevere R. McMahon (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and Decriminalization 1st and then recreational. ]  πŸ‘πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167558/nm-house-district-33-candidate-guenevere-mcmahon.html
Mary Martinez White (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and recreational. ] πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1172905/nm-house-district-33-candidate-mary-martine-zwhite.html
Unopposed Republican Candidate
Charles R. Wendler (R)


District 40 - Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba & San Miguel
(*Incumbent Nick Salazar is not running for reelection; for past cannabis votes he was marked “Excused”)
Democratic Primary
Paula A. Garcia (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and Decriminalization 1st and then recreational. ]  πŸ‘πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167514/nm-house-district-40-candidate-paula-garcia.html
Joseph L. Sanchez (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and wants to look at pro’s/con’s for recreational. ]  πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1173359/nm-house-district-40-candidate-joseph-sanchez.html
Barney R. Trujillo (D) [Supports Medical Cannabis and recreational. ]  πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167520/nm-house-district-40-candidate-barney-trujillo.html


District 41 - Rio Arriba, Santa Fe & Taos
Democratic Primary Candidates 
Susan K. Herrera (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and recreational. ]  πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167523/nm-house-district-41-candidate-susan-herrera-3.html
*Debbie A. Rodella (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and Decriminalization 1st and undecided on recreational- basing that on constituent feedback. ]  πŸ‘πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167531/nm-house-district-41-candidate-debbie-rodella.html


District 43 - Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval & Santa Fe
Democratic Primary Candidates 
Christine Chandler (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and Decriminalization. ]  πŸ‘πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167535/nm-house-district-43-candidate-christine-chandler.html
Peter T. Sheehey (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and recreational. ]  πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167542/nm-house-district-43-candidate-pete-sheehey.html

Unopposed Republican Candidate
Lisa Shin (R)


District 44 - Sandoval
(November Election Candidates)
Benton Howell (D)  πŸ‘
*Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert (R) [ Does not support Medical Cannabis. ] πŸ‘Ž


District 45 - Santa Fe
*Jim R. Trujillo (D) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž


District 46 - Santa Fe
Democratic Primary Candidates 
Andrea Romero (D) [ Supports Medical Cannabis and recreational. ]  πŸ‘
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167550/nm-house-district-46-candidate-andrea-romero.html
*Carl Trujillo (D) [ Says he supports and opposes cannabis - go figure. Also has a allegation of sexual harassment at the Roundhouse... ]  πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž
https://www.abqjournal.com/1167548/nm-house-district-46-candidate-carl-trujillo.html
https://www.abqjournal.com/1166553/legislator-accused-of-sexual-harassment.html


District 51 - Otero [ Historically has the Rep. has Not supported Medical Cannabis. ]
(*Incumbent Yvette Herrell (R) is not running for re-election but is running for US Congress in District 2 Republican Primary)
November Election Candidates  
Rachel A. Black (R)  [Policy position not known. ]  ❓
Jeff Swanson (D)  
[Policy position not known. ]  ❓



District 54 - Chaves, Eddy & Otero
*James G. Townsend (R) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž

District 56 - Lincoln & Otero
*Zachary J. Cook (R) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž

District 58- Chaves
*Candy Spence Ezzell (R) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž

District 59 - Chaves & Lincoln
*Greg Nibert (R) [ Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž
Carl M. Swinney (L)  
[Policy position not known. ]

District 61 - Lea
*David M. Gallegos (R) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž

District 62 - Lea
*Larry R. Scott (R) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž

District 65 - Rio Arriba, San Juan & Sandoval
*Derrick J. Lente (D) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž

District 66 - Chaves, Lea & Roosevelt
(*Incumbent Bob Wooley (R) is not running for reelection)
Phelps Anderson (R) [ Running unopposed / Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘Ž


District 68 - Bernalillo
Karen C. Bash (D)  
[Supports Medical Cannabis and Recreational. ]  πŸ‘
*Monica Youngblood (R) [ Does not support Medical Cannabis. ]  πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž
(State Rep. in the news for a recent DUI Charge in Rio Rancho.)
https://www.abqjournal.com/1175335/apd-lapel-footage-shows-youngblood-arrest.html

______________
* Incumbent
πŸ‘ Supports Medical Cannabis 
πŸ‘πŸ‘  Support for Medical Cannabis is Best Position 
πŸ‘Ž  Does Not Support Medical Cannabis 
πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž  Just Not Good At All...
❓Unknown
❔GW Pharma ?
(D) Democrat Party
(R) Republican Party
(L) Libertarian Party



View All 70 2018 Primary Election Candidates Here: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Publications/2018%20Primary%20Election%20Candidates%20-%20House.pdf

Incumbent representatives with no primary or general election opposition (16 D; 10 R) (Alcon, Gail Armstrong, Brown, Chasey, Cook, Crowder, Egolf, Ezzell, David M. Gallegos,
Harry Garcia, Miguel P. Garcia, Gonzales, Johnson, Lente, Louis, Lundstrom, Maestas, Javìer Martinez, McQueen, Montoya, Romero, Ruiloba, Salazar, Sariñana, Scott, Stapleton, Strickler, Townsend, Jim R. Trujillo, Linda M. Trujillo)

Incumbent representatives not running for reelection (3 D; 6)
(Garcia Richard, Gentry, Herrell, Maestas Barnes, McCamley, Roch, Nick L. Salazar, Smith,
Wooley)



Voter Resources:

For Tips on Writing Your US Congressional Members; Article: “A Medical Cannabis Advocates Guide To The New Mexico Legislature

Contact Your US Congressional Representatives and Senators Today: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/182/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22629


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