Governor candidate Q&A: Joe Cervantes | KOB 4

Governor candidate Q&A: Joe Cervantes

Chris Ramirez
May 23, 2018 06:24 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – KOB wants to help voters learn more about the candidates running to be New Mexico’s next governor.


Joe Cervantes is running against Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Jeff Apodaca in the Democratic primary. The winner will take on Congressman Steve Pearce in the November General Election.

Cervantes is no stranger to the Roundhouse. He has served in the New Mexico House and Senate for 18 years. Cervantes believes that experience makes him the best candidate for the job.

Cervantes: "Look, we have elected a president with no experience to the job. We went 44 years without electing a governor with experience to the job.  How about we elect someone who knows how to pass laws and has relationships to getting things done."

KOB: "What kind of bills, what kind of policy ideas would you like in that first legislative session to hit your desk?

Cervantes: "Well in my first 100 days, we'll have a plan where we rescind a number of executive orders by this governor."

KOB: "Which ones?"

Cervantes: "For example, the governor is proposing to enact a rule that would hold back or flunk third graders, by rule and regulation, when the legislature has repeatedly rejected that.  I'm going to take on the governor's actions where she didn't have bipartisan support and rescind those."

KOB: "To put it bluntly, New Mexico has not done a good enough job of protecting New Mexico’s most vulnerable children.  So if you are elected as governor, what would you do to protect New Mexico’s children?"

Cervantes: "Well, I would put the right people in place and then hold them accountable.  The easy answer for a lot of people is just spend more money.  That's what you always hear from Santa Fe-- just spend more money on the problem.  We have the same people making the same mistakes over and over again and nothing gets better.  We need to hold people accountable."

KOB: "As you know, New Mexico is above the national average when it comes to unemployment rates, we are the highest in our region.  How do you change that?  How do you bring more jobs?"

Cervantes: "We need to put an equal emphasis on small business creation in New Mexico.  Too often, millions of dollars go to big corporations that we try to lure to the state, only to see them leave when another state does the same thing."


Chris Ramirez

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