Q&A: 2nd Congressional District Democratic candidate Gabe Vasquez

Q&A: 2nd Congressional District Democratic candidate Gabe Vasquez

Gabe Vasquez NAME: Gabe Vasquez POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic OCCUPATION: Director of Strategy and Partnerships, HECHO/National Wildlife Federation CITY OF RESIDENCE: Las Cruces RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Las Cruces City Councilor EDUCATION: Bachelor of English, New Mexico State University CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: GabeForCongress.com 1. What is the biggest issue New Mexico is facing right now and how would you address it in Congress? We must build an economy that works for everyone and strengthen the middle class. We must prioritize workers and working families, small businesses, and reverse the growing wealth inequality. Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, reducing costs for health care and child care, and prioritizing a renewable energy transition. 2. What is your position regarding climate change? What actions should Congress take, if any, regarding the environment? We must strongly support the renewable energy economy, strengthen and enforce the regulations on polluters, protect our public lands and wildlife, and ensure we are protecting New Mexico’s most precious resource, water, while helping workers in the fossil fuel industry as we transition to a renewable energy economy. 3. What is your position on the leasing of federal land for oil, gas and mineral development? Do you think the federal government should change course and issue new leases? Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico are governed by a multiple-use mandate, and we should continue to use our resources wisely to protect our energy independence, while looking toward the future of our rural economies by promoting uses of federal land that encourage […]

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