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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Dem LG Candidate Debate: Social Issues, Drug Offender Sentencing, Budget & Taxes, Jobs, Why They're Running

Following up on our post with a photo slideshow and videos yesterday, here are more clips from the DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Democratic Lt. Governor candidate debate held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the UNM Law School in Albuquerque. Rep. Joe Campos, Brian Colon, Sen. Linda Lopez, Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Lawrence Rael answer questions posed by DFNM and the audience on a variety of issues. If you couldn't make it to the debate, here's your chance to gauge how the candidates responded on a variety of issues. If you were there, these videos might refresh your memories of what was said.

Above: Candidates answer a three-part question on social issues. Do you support a women's right to choose? Do you support marriage equality for LGBT citizens? Do you support concealed carry of guns in restaurants with beer and wine licenses?

Above: Candidates answer a question on whether they support HB 178, the bill sponsored by State Rep. Moe Maestas that would allow for a sentence of treatment for nonviolent drug offenders rather than jail time. The bill passed the House in the recent special session but never got a vote in the Senate.

Above: Candidates answer a question on whether they support the budget and tax package passed in the recent special session of the New Mexico Legislature.

Above: Candidates answer a question on how we can get more jobs in New Mexico.

Above: Candidates answer a question on why they want to be Lt. Governor, what makes them the best candidate for the job and what they would bring to the ticket.

We'll have additional videos from the debate posted soon, so keep checking back.

Delegates to the DPNM Pre-Primary Convention on March 13 at Buffalo Thunder Resort will vote on candidates in this race and other statewide contests to determine their positions on the June 2 primary ballot. A candidate must get at least 20% of the delegate vote to appear on the ballot without having to obtain additional petition signatures.

Video clips in this post courtesy of Mike Swick.

March 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM in 2010 NM Lt. Governor Race, Brian Colon, Democratic Party, DFA, DFNM - Albq, Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Joe Campos, Lawrence Rael, Linda Lopez | Permalink


Rep. Jose Campos voted against Rep. Moe Maestas' bill to offer treatment instead of incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders:


Posted by: Guess What? | Mar 9, 2010 12:54:17 PM

Jerry voted for every tax proposal, even regressive ones. I believe that was poor tactics, and a betrayal of my progressive values. Shame!

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 9, 2010 2:23:50 PM

Although a great start, HB 178 is not a perfect bill (is there such a thing?) as it does not allow for District Attorney input in deciding whether to sentence a person to rehab or to jail. Campos was right to insist on DA input and to vote against HB 178 as written.

Posted by: True blue | Mar 9, 2010 8:06:20 PM

Nice try on an excuse True blue. There were plenty of safety mechanisms in the bill. Judges do sentencing, not DAs. At the very least it would have been more honest if Campos had mentioned he voted against the bill and why when he answered the question.

Posted by: Roundhouse guy | Mar 10, 2010 8:30:27 AM

I didn't state DA's should do sentencing, only that they should be allowed input. I'm more interested in why Ortiz y Pino voted for the Tortilla Tax and the Food Tax, regressive taxes, when he claims to be a progressive.

Posted by: True Blue | Mar 10, 2010 9:43:12 AM

I'm proud of Lawrence Rael for extending partner benefits to all city employees (way before it was popular).

Posted by: Howie | Mar 10, 2010 9:45:59 AM

I'm proud that Brian Colon publicly supported same sex marriage to the media and at the state party meeting when he was Chairman. It was courageous and meant so much.

Posted by: Equality Now | Mar 10, 2010 10:15:47 AM