NAME: Adelious d. Stith
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OCCUPATION: Investment Advisor Representative and Insurance Agent
TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: International experience; trained facilitator/speaker/coach; company owner; veteran; restaurant manager and trainer; Executive assistant.
EDUCATION: BS in Management of Organizations; MA in International Relations
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: adelious4nm.com
1. New Mexico relies heavily on the petroleum and natural gas industries to generate revenue to fund state programs, as evidenced by the recent oil boom and bust cycles. What steps should the Legislative Assembly take to diversify the state’s economy and revenue base?
The state should consider all sources synonymous with New Mexico: oil, gas, wind, solar, and electric as a phase in proportion. Using all the elements together will reduce reliance on the federal government for budget measures by 36%.
2. During the last ordinary legislative session, efforts were made unsuccessfully to facilitate the retention of certain defendants behind bars until trial. Should New Mexico law be changed to make it easier to hold individuals charged with violent offenses such as murder and first-degree child abuse behind bars until trial?
Yes, hardened criminals don’t need ankle monitors. Separation is necessary to protect law-abiding citizens from their criminal activities. The amendments should be repealed to eliminate the shortcomings found in the current law. Public safety deals with the rights to personal safety. The current law deals with the rights of criminals rather than the public.
3. What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and public safety in the face of rising violent crime rates?
Put a referendum on the ballot to allow for the correction of previous amendments. The changes did not reduce criminal acts, but encouraged them. Criminals claim indigence where release is granted without prejudice. Repeal the loopholes, replace them with laws holding a criminal guilty. The cost of detaining a suspected criminal protects the public against further criminal acts.
4. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code?
Get rid of it and replace it with a flat tax. A fair tax applied to all on a purchase rather than a tiered tax structure based on level of government and/or municipalities. Our tax structure must reflect the encouragement of business income and consumer purchasing power.
5. New Mexico is currently the only state that does not pay its legislators a salary, although legislators receive per diems and are eligible for a statutory pension. Do you support or oppose a salaried legislature and, if so, how much should legislators be paid?
I don’t support legislators on payroll. The legislature should be an environment for new ideas, constantly evaluating policies and laws to ensure representation of citizens, not encroachment on laws. It should not become another place of employment, government attachment, or create a quid pro quo situation for those who are senior government employees.
6. What more, if anything, should the legislature do to respond to a court ruling that found that New Mexico does not provide sufficient education for all students, especially Native Americans and those who do not speak English as a first language?
US citizens have priority. Highly evaluate the processes used for Native Americans for effectiveness and measured results. With PED control, prevents local school boards from resolving issues at the lowest level. The current law does not address parental involvement. It is a local school board that must be allowed to take the necessary steps to address and correct the deficiencies.
7. What should be the priority as New Mexico seeks to strengthen its health care system?
Reduce and audit Medicaid. With 40% of New Mexico’s population dependent, it bogs down the system and overwhelms providers, reduces quality of care and increases costs. An audit would reveal these ineligible. Some have to resort to private insurance. Develop apprenticeship programs with local hospitals and young students.
8. In recent years, New Mexico has steadily increased spending on early childhood programs, such as home visiting, preschool, and child care assistance, and created a new early childhood trust. Do you support or oppose the constitutional amendment proposed in the November ballot that would take more money out of the state’s permanent school fund to increase funding for early childhood services and K-education? 12?
This will eventually diminish the fund and its purpose. The leaders of this state are responsible for adhering to the purpose and objectives of the fund. Having to dip into the fund now shows that our budget is not thoughtfully planned or executed. I don’t agree with looting the permanent fund.
9. In order to address climate change and air quality issues, do you support or oppose legislation that limits greenhouse gas emissions and requires the state to achieve net zero emissions? here 2050?
I’m not sure about this possibility. Working to achieve a goal like this requires all states to strive for achievable net zero emissions, not just New Mexico. I will not support anything that harms the survival of the family in the name of a political objective.
10. New Mexico recently became the 17th state to regulate and tax recreational cannabis sales? What changes, if any, do you think should be made to the current law?
I support the use of marijuana for medical purposes. I don’t believe that legalization took into account the effects on the family. Reliable data was available for review prior to legalization. If New Mexico’s resources were properly managed, this kind of extreme measure to capture revenue would not be necessary.
11. Do you believe that any changes should be made to the emergency powers held by a governor during a pandemic or other time of crisis. If so, do you think these powers should be expanded or reduced and in what specific ways?
Specifically, developing a work plan to prevent unilateral decisions requires the approval of the legislature, but protects the rights of the people. An emergency plan can be implemented on the understanding that it will be managed by the legislator, and not by a single person.
12. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its election laws and primary system?
Reducing early voting days, repealing the use of expired ID to request ballots, abandoning the idea of monitoring venues, guaranteeing a one-person, one-vote system, and developing a real system of chain of custody to minimize fraud. I believe that each person should have a voice in deciding representation.
13. Would you support a merit-based evaluation system to determine how the state spends its capital expenditure funding?
This type of system can only be modified to fit a program. Public safety, maintenance schedules and safety protocols, along with previous budgeted items (using the funds for which they were allocated) should be the system for determining expenditure funding.
14. Do you support or oppose allowing an independent redistricting commission to perform the once-a-decade task of redrawing New Mexico’s political boundaries?
The ruling was determined that a single party in charge of government failed to properly line up the districts during the December 21 extraordinary session; thus, a more diverse group of thinkers without an agenda will be able to develop districts that are more aligned with voters in a particular district.
1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been subject to any state or federal tax liens?
2. Have you ever been involved in personal or commercial bankruptcy proceedings?
3. Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a DUI, misdemeanor, or felony in New Mexico or any other state? If yes, explain.