Candidates in New Mexico’s first congressional district participated in a debate on KOAT tonight, during which voters got to see a stark difference between candidates on a variety of important issues.
Democratic candidate Melanie Stansbury made it clear to voters how her experience in New Mexico and in the federal government would help her be an effective legislator. A lifelong Democrat and Albuquerque-native, Representative Stansbury has worked in communities across the state as a researcher and STEM educator and at the national level as a former staffer in the White House and U.S. Senate. In 2018, she flipped House District 28 and became the first woman and the first Democrat to represent the district. Representative Stansbury has made it clear throughout her campaign that she is a proud Democrat who is ready to head to DC to uplift the voices of New Mexicans and work with President Biden to raise the minimum wage, create opportunities for affordable and accessible healthcare, and pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill.
Republican Mark Moores, on the other hand, spent the debate doubling down on some of his most extreme stances, and highlighting his hypocrisy on COVID-19 policies. During the debate Moores stood by his vote to criminalize abortion, refused to address his vote against paid sick leave, and argued against COVID-19 policies that have saved thousands of lives.
“Tonight’s debate showed that Mark Moores is too radical and too out-of-touch to represent New Mexico’s first congressional district” said DPNM Chair Jessica Velasquez. “He does not represent New Mexico values on critical issues like health care, COVID-19 relief, or worker’s rights. We cannot afford to elect a representative whose extreme beliefs would put so many New Mexicans at risk.”