PLATFORM

As your Senator, I will:

Continue to fight for criminal justice reform in New Mexico. As the former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, I fought to protect New Mexicans and their rights. I will always be a champion for Justice. 

Build a stronger economy and create jobs. I have supported LEDA for our state's rural areas. I have fought for fair wages, small business tax breaks and aiding the unemployed during economic challenges. 

Ensure that our state receives its fair share of funding for Head Start. Early childhood education has time and time again shown to be the biggest return on investment in public spending.

Seek funding for after school programs. There are many math and science curriculum that have been utilized in other schools across the nation promoting math and science to our students so that we can compete internationally. These programs when used even in schools of high poverty districts have shown to be a huge success. We must incorporate after school programs to give our kids an equal footing.

Continue to invest in higher education. I recently passed legislation to bring back trade and vocational programs to Northern New Mexico College and I will continue to invest in our colleges and universities.

 

Fight the drug and opiod epidemic ravaging our communities. I wrote the bill to allow individuals to possess Narcan for those who have overdosed and have fought for funds to eradicate the drug problem in our communities and across New Mexico. 

Social Justice Reform & Safety 

I have dedicated most of my life to Social justice reform. From serving as Magistrate Judge in Rio Arriba county to serving as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I have fought for reforms in our courts, prisons and detention centers but most importantly fought for the rights of minorities and those whom the system has failed. I passed legislation that would raise salaries for judges so we can attract the most qualified for these positions.  

As Senator, I fought for our first responders by securing funds for repairs and construction to our fire stations and new patrol cars for our city and county officers. 

Economy & Job creation

I am Working for average New Mexicans through Job Creation, Fair Wages, Small Business Tax Breaks and aiding our unemployed during current economic challenges.

I understand the enormous challenges facing the middle and working class. I have sponsored and supported legislation for job creation, fair wages, small business tax breaks and I have worked tirelessly on behalf of the hard-working norteños I meet every day. 

I have introduced legislation that supports and champions economic growth, investment in our state for job creation which includes helping small businesses succeed. I commit to helping those who continue to find themselves unemployed. 

Education

I'm proud to represent a city and a community where there is no lack of support for public education. Still, there is a call to action that must take place because when we champion a strong education system we will begin the process of creating a sustainable, and vibrant economy for our cities, our state, and our nation.

It is no longer feasible to wait for our national leaders to step forward. It is time for each of us to commit to change the outcomes of our education system. I have been a champion for our state's colleges and universities but most importantly, I have fought to return trade and vocational programs back to Northern New Mexico College.​

Additionally, I have fought for millions for our local public schools and I will continue to be a champion for our teachers by ensuring they have the resources and for pay raises. 

Healthcare

Our seniors have relied on Medicare for a promised and guaranteed benefit, and those who are less fortunate have depended on Medicaid to provide long term care for children.

 

I fought for Medicaid expansion in New Mexico and I will continue to fight for our seniors so we can keep costs low. I will always fight for our children, seniors and those with disabilities.

Paid for by the Committee to elect Richard C. Martinez