Governor candidate Q&A: Michelle Lujan Grisham | KOB 4

Governor candidate Q&A: Michelle Lujan Grisham

Chris Ramirez
May 22, 2018 06:23 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As New Mexicans prepare to vote in the 2018 primary election, KOB is helping you learn more about the candidates running for governor.


U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is running unopposed for the Republican nominee. Three people are running to be the Democratic nominee for governor: U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Joe Cervantes and Jeff Apodaca.

New Mexico’s primary election takes place June 5.

KOB will speak with all of the candidates ahead of the election. Here’s what Michelle Lujan Grisham had to say about why she thinks she is qualified to be New Mexico’s next governor:

Lujan Grisham: "I've been in the private sector, owned a business, worked in higher ed, high tech, federal government, county government and state government and everyone one of those I left where I had real achievements and accomplishments in all of those avenues."

KOB: "To put in bluntly, New Mexico has not a good enough job of protecting our state's most vulnerable children. If elected, how do you change that?"

Lujan Grisham: "The fact that CYFD, at one point, had a 26-percent vacancy rate is just untenable. They are unaccountable as a result. It got to about 12, but that is still too high when we have one of the worst child well-being issues in the country."

KOB: "Does CYFD need to be reformed? Would you make significant changes at CYFD?"

Lujan Grisham: "There are a couple things that strike me as being worse than they have been, but also the laws will have to be reviewed.  We need to think about opening up the children's code and being really clear about couple things."

KOB: "New Mexico has a crime problem and it's not just Albuquerque. There are other communities experiencing big crime rates as well.  What would you do about that?"

Lujan Grisham: "Everything. All hands on deck. This is where we are. We deserve the right to be safe in our communities.  The best way to do that today is to have more officers in our neighborhoods and on the streets."

KOB: "When it comes to border security, what should New Mexico be doing or not doing?"

Lujan Grisham: "I'm hoping when I'm governor, we can share with the border states what we call 21st Century Border Security.
There is lots of other technology we can be using -- satellite and digital technology. And guess what, Homeland Security by their own reports say that's the best way we should secure the border.

"The National Guard and a wall are militarizing your border.  It's not good for trade, it's not good for relationships and at the end of the day. It does not stop any of that activity."


Chris Ramirez

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