City should improve public financing of campaigns

October 13, 2018

I support public campaign financing in Santa Fe. I understand that there is a proposal, currently being revised, to improve the current system, making it a more viable choice for candidates. Santa Fe’s 2009 public campaign financing law contained a matching system that was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011. The matching system currently being proposed will be constitutionally compliant and allow publicly funded candidates to be more competitive with privately funded opponents, making it possible for them to respond to heavy spending. I encourage the City Council to pass this proposal, improving our electoral system and making public financing more meaningful and effective.

Eric Rounds

Santa Fe

Talking about suicide

New Mexican reporter Steve Terrell did a fantastic job of writing about the documentary, The S Word, a film about suicide which will be shown at the Center for Contemporary Arts at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. (“Film confronts ‘The S Word,’ ” Oct. 7). The impetus behind this project is a collaboration between the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI Santa Fe, and Santa Fean Cheryl Brown, executive co-producer of the film. We are also receiving support from local community health experts who are participating in the question-and-answer panel discussion that will be held after the film screenings To all, we say thank you!

Betty Sisneros Shover

president, NAMI Santa Fe

Critical point

New Mexico is at a critical point in our history. With a projected $1.2 billion surplus, we finally have a chance to improve our educational system, improve access to affordable health care, and invest in much needed infrastructure. That’s why I’m happy to support Rep. Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces, for state representative.

When Joanne spoke to me during her 2016 campaign, she mentioned that District 37 was not getting the representation it deserved – I couldn’t have agreed more. We didn’t have a representative who fought for our priorities: investing in education, health care, small businesses, and jobs for our district, region and state. Since she’s been in office, Joanne introduced a bill to reduce the number of hours that students may be tested, and has been a member of the Health and Human Services committee, which has been able to expand healthcare that supported physical and mental health improvements. Joanne supports investments in early childhood education which is what we need in order to give our children a chance to succeed, and to help New Mexico become the best it can be.

During her two years in office, Joanne has held multiple town halls, has been accessible, and has delivered on her promise of representing us at interim committees. I look forward to supporting Joanne in November, and ask others to join me.

David Armijo

Las Cruces

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