I am running for re-election to continue the work that I have done for 12 years to bring jobs and economic opportunities, better schools, and a safer community to Albuquerque’s west side.
For eleven generations my family has been proud to call New Mexico home. I love New Mexico and will work hard every day to bring people together and improve quality of life for all New Mexicans. By respecting the past, we can work together to create a brighter future for our children.
Together we can grow a 21st century economy and stop the out-migration of New Mexico’s best and brightest students. Raising the minimum wage and investing in our infrastructure are a must to improving our state’s economy. We must facilitate expansion of local small businesses and foster an environment where our local entrepreneurs can be successful and have access to capital. New Mexico must build on our existing strengths; health care, film production, agricultural value added products, tourism & hospitality, crude oil production and technology start-ups.
Rep. Maestas have fought hard to change the narrative in Santa Fe that Albuquerque’s crime problem is a New Mexico problem. It is imperative that we adequately fund the Bernalillo Co. DA’s Office, District Court & Metro Court and the Law Office of the Public Defender to make a positive changes in our communities. Criminal justice Reform that emphasizes data-driven solutions and reducing offender recidivism must be at the forefront of developing evidence-based crime policy.
Rep. Antonio Maestas is passionate about education and has been a leader on a variety of issues in the Legislature. He will continue to sponsor the Early Childhood Constitutional Amendment which would invest 1% off the top of our state’s $17 Billion Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education programs. He has also secured millions of dollars in public works funding for west side schools and has passed legislation to put financial literacy and media literacy classes as electives in every high school in New Mexico.