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NELLA'S COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS

"New Mexico deserves a leader who shows up with solutions." - Nella Domenici

Securing Our Border

We are a country of immigrants. We are also a country of laws. Martin Heinrich voted against even debating bipartisan immigration reform in the Senate. He opposed a proposal that included billions for border security. With the backing of Senator Heinrich, President Biden used Executive Orders to open our border and invited lawlessness as millions of illegal immigrants have flowed into our country. They have created a border crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a crime crisis, a drug crisis, and a national security threat. 

 

New Mexico is on the front lines of America’s biggest problem. 

 

While Arizona and Texas have reinforced their borders, New Mexico’s borders have weak barriers and miles with no barriers at all. New Mexico’s border is the most open in the United States; we make the whole country vulnerable.

 

Nella’s grandparents immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island and opened a grocery store in New Mexico. That is the American Dream. 

 

We need immigrants to grow as a nation. But open border policies have created mayhem at our borders and in our cities. We must immediately secure our border. We must adequately fund the Border Patrol. We must erect physical barriers and provide the Border Patrol with the state of the art equipment and technology. We must reinstate “Remain in Mexico,” end catch and release, and end the abuse of the asylum process. As a nation of immigrants, we understand the contributions and value of immigration. But immigrants must follow our laws and the legal immigration process.

Unleashing American Energy

Energy in America should be reliable, affordable, and enable American energy independence. New Mexico is well-positioned to emerge as the leader in all types of energy. Nella will support an all-of-the-above approach to energy, while ensuring that the transition to renewable energy is sensible, orderly and achievable. This approach guarantees a strong economy for New Mexico. Ultimately, Nella is focused on bringing down the cost of energy for the average New Mexican, including heating and cooling homes and reducing the cost of filling your car at the gas station.

 

Today, oil and gas is the economic engine of the state and contributes to the affordability and reliability of energy. The industry provides more than 134,000 good- paying jobs in New Mexico. The industry has generated record levels of funding for the New Mexico state and local governments. This year, oil and gas paid for 50 percent of the state’s budget, contributing significantly to public education in the state.

 

Energy security is critical to our national security; it is far cleaner, safer, and cheaper to utilize the energy resources we have at home. New Mexico is leading the way to energy independence and the national security that it provides. It is inexplicable that Martin Heinrich is doing everything he can to destroy our oil and gas industry.

 

Together with Joe Biden, they have blocked new leases on New Mexico’s federal lands, increased royalty payments, and passed never-ending regulations that impose costly compliance. Biden and the radical left would rather beg for oil from dictators with terrible environmental records and egregious human rights violations, as well as an anti-America agenda than support our domestic oil and gas industry. Heinrich wants mandates on what kind of appliances you can buy and cars you can drive. To exemplify his fiscal irresponsibility, he wants to spend trillions of taxpayer dollars for his fanciful green agenda.

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Stopping Crime in its Tracks

Under Martin Heinrich’s dangerous, naive policies, New Mexico is a great place to be a criminal. Under Nella Domenici’s leadership, it will be the worst place to be a criminal. Safety is imperative for the well-being of New Mexicans. Heinrich and the radical left have failed to protect its citizens. Forbes named New Mexico “the most dangerous state” in the country. New Mexico has skyrocketing homicides, assaults, and carjackings. Fentanyl, other drugs, and alcohol are killing New Mexicans daily. As a mother, Nella understands the fear parents feel every time their children leave the house.

 

In his 20-plus years in Washington, Heinrich has repeatedly undermined the rule of law, undermined our police, and supported soft-on-crime prosecutions and bail laws. Heinrich has even marched in Washington with anti-police organizations. Heinrich has been standing by while the Department of Justice has kneecapped the Albuquerque Police Department and drained its resources, making it easier for human and drug traffickers and deadly cartels to operate with impunity in our state. Heinrich has made it easier to be a criminal than a cop; that should never be the case.

 

Nella will back law enforcement, making sure they have the support and resources they need to be successful. She will also seek justice through interventions before crimes occur by addressing addiction, mental health, poor education, and economic factors that can lead to crime. She will also support measures to promote rehabilitation and reduce recidivism rates.

A compassionate approach to reducing abortion and increasing access to birth control

Nella believes abortion should be safe, legal, and most importantly rare. She opposes any federal abortion ban. As a state, New Mexico has decided this issue. She will abide
by the state’s decision. Like most Americans, Nella wants to see fewer abortions, not more. The best way to reduce abortions is to reduce unintended pregnancies through
better usage of birth control and education. Nella approaches the issue with compassion.

 

All women should be trusted, respected, and supported. Babies should be wanted and loved. And men should live up to their responsibilities. New Mexicans expect us to approach important issues like this with a deep understanding and empathy.

 

While Nella is focused on supporting women and preventing unwanted pregnancies to reduce abortions meaningfully, Martin Heinrich has consistently voted to allow abortions up to the moment of birth at taxpayer expense - even opposing legislation requiring life-saving care to be provided to a baby who survives an abortion. His views are extreme on this issue. Nella believes we must cherish life and knows women’s decisions must be respected. Heinrich wants to use this extremely personal and critical women’s issue to divide our country and exploit it for votes.

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Defending the Second Amendment

Nella supports the Second Amendment and the right of law-abiding citizens to “keep and bear arms.” Nella will oppose unconstitutional federal legislation that violates the Second Amendment. In stark contrast, Martin Heinrich has sponsored unconstitutional legislation that would take away the rights of hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans to purchase and own many common firearms used for self-defense, hunting, sport shooting, or collecting. Nella understands that gun ownership is not the problem.

 

The radical left has created a state riddled with poor education, weak economy, and abundant drugs leading to criminal violence and a wide open border that invites violent crime. Martin Heinrich, the Governor, and the extreme progressives in Santa Fe and Washington, DC refuse to address the true causes of violence.

 

In New Mexico, this is not a partisan issue. In the New Mexico Legislature this year, Democratic lawmakers joined with the Republicans to stop the most aggressive anti-gun proposals. A bipartisan coalition in the New Mexico Legislature came together to defeat eight radical proposals that would restrict gun ownership in our state. Among those defeated bills was a state gun ban (HB137) nearly identical to Martin Heinrich’s proposed federal gun ban. Nella will oppose gun bans, like Heinrich’s, and support New Mexicans’ Constitutional rights.

 

Nella supports enforcing our criminal laws so that violent offenders understand they will face dire consequences for harming others. Our efforts to stop violence should be focused on gangs and cartels in cities where most homicides occur. In addition to enforcement, we can mitigate the underlying causes of violence by reducing drug addiction and improving our education system and job opportunities. Nella supports intervention for at-risk youth before violence occurs and evidence-based strategies that engage communities and help stop the escalation of conflicts before they lead to violence.

 

Every untimely death is a tragedy. Suicides surpassed 50,000 for the first time in 2023. Guns were used in about half of these suicides, which also accounts for more than half of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. Deaths caused by suicide, alcohol abuse, and drug overdoses are evidence of an epidemic of hopelessness, desperation, and despair. Nella will prioritize solutions to address the causes of the mental health crisis affecting millions of Americans.

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