Lieutenant Governor

 candidate Duties

THE RACE…In New Mexico, the campaign race for the seat of Lieutenant Governor is run separately from the Governor’s race until the people have voted in the primary election. The election is June 7, 2022, however early voting starts May 10, 2022 (28 days preceding the election date) After the primary, the elected Lieutenant Governor candidate and the elected Governor from each party then run the campaign together for the general election. I look forward to serving as your next Lieutenant Governor.

President of the Senate & Acting Governor

The Lieutenant Governor presides over the New Mexico Senate when it is in session, hearing the debates on every bill, and breaking a tie vote when the Senate is equally divided. The Lieutenant Governor also serves as the Acting Governor when the Governor is out of the state. Once in New Mexican history, the Lieutenant Governor had to fulfill the duties of Governor when the sitting Governor stepped down in 1962. This is the only state government position in New Mexico that has powers in both the executive and the legislative branches.

New Mexico Border Authority

This is an “executive branch state agency that provides leadership in the development of the state’s international ports of entry as well as serving as the Governor’s advisor and point of contact” (“Welcome to the New Mexico Border Authority.” New Mexico Border Authority. nmborder.com). The Lieutenant Governor serves on the Board of Directors.

New Mexico has 3 points of entry: Santa Teresa about 42 miles south of Las Cruces; Columbus about 30 miles south of Deming (65 miles west of Santa Teresa); and Antelope Wells (the southernmost tip of New Mexico) about 97 miles southwest of Deming.

Santa Teresa and Columbus both include pedestrian traffic, United States and Mexican immigration services, commercial and non-commercial traffic, and customs brokers. Santa Teresa is also the largest livestock import/export facility, oversees Doña Ana County Foreign Trade, and processes international aircraft operations. Columbus additionally provides Temporary Vehicle Export Permits. Antelope Wells, which is an unincorporated area along the southernmost border, is one of the smallest ports of entry.

Many commercial operations pass through our ports: livestock and agriculture, equipment, international commerce via American and Mexican trucking companies, and many more import and export goods. Our southern ports are valuable to both the United States and Mexico.

Community Development Council

The New Mexico Community Development Council is composed of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, administration officials, and appointees from across the state. They can invest in Community Development Block Grants in municipal and county governments. In the past, money has been slated for projects in rural communities across New Mexico. Projects have included water and sewer improvements and infrastructure.

Workforce Development Board

Members of the Workforce Development Board are appointed by the Governor and have included the Lieutenant Governor in previous administrations. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’s goals are to be a part of all economic and education initiatives, connect employers with workforce, and increase the employability of all New Mexicans. The Board’s functions “include strategic planning, policy guidance, capacity building, and leadership and oversight of the state system operations” (“State and Regional Workforce Boards.” New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. www.dws.state.nm.us/en-us/Workforce-Boards.)

Mortgage Finance Authority

The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) helps provide low- and moderate-income New Mexicans with affordable housing and other additional services related to the housing industry. The Lieutenant Governor serves on the Mortgage Finance Authority Board of Directors.

MFA does not receive any state funding and is entirely self-sufficient. They “provide resources to build affordable rental communities, rehabilitate aging homes, supply down payment assistance and affordable mortgages, offer emergency shelter and administer rental assistance and subsidies. MFA partners with lenders, REALTORS, nonprofit organizations, local governments, tribal communities and developers throughout the state to make these programs and services available to all eligible New Mexicans” (“What We Do.” MFA. housingnm.org.).

MFA’s vision is for all New Mexicans to have quality affordable housing opportunities.

Space Commercial Commission

New Mexico boasts of the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. This FAA-approved launch complex is next to the United States Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. It sits on 18,000 acres, and many prominent companies in the commercial space industry use this facility for testing and launches. The Lieutenant Governor sits on the Board of Directors for the Space Commercialization Commission and serves as a nonvoting member.

MILITARY BASE PLANNING COMMISSION

The Military Base Planning Commission works closely with the surrounding communities regarding proposed planning for development, expansion, or upgrading. The Commission is attached to the Economic Development Department which provides administrative services to the Commission. The Commission is made up of twelve members including the Lieutenant Governor. 

New Mexico has several military bases: Holloman AFB, White Sands Missile Range, Los Alamos Demolition Range, Cannon AFB, and Kirtland AFB. Additionally there are several Army National Guard bases and several United States Army Reserves throughout the state.

State Board of Finance

 State Board of Finance: The Lieutenant Governor sits on the State Board of Finance. This Board receives operational, analytical, and administrative support from the Board of Finance Division. It is the responsibility of the Board of Finance Division to “guide, serve, and support public entities to ensure fiscal accountability and effective government that is responsive to all New Mexicans”

CHILDREN'S CABINET

‘A former Lieutenant Governor signed into law bills creating the Children’s Cabinet,  which focuses on child welfare and early child development. This is a body composed of department secretaries and agency heads who have an impact on children’s well-being. Created through the Children’s Cabinet Act, the group studies and makes recommendations to maximize outcomes for children and youth under age 21. This includes looking at: physical and mental health, family and community safety and support, preparedness for and success in school, successful transition to meaningful and purposeful adulthood and employment, and valued contributions to and active participation in communities.

The Summary

The state’s constitution outlines the Lieutenant Governor’s position as an Ombudsman, or liaison, between the citizens of New Mexico and the Governor.  Anastacia “Anise” will create a positive relationship with the citizens to promote the well being and success of each community.  The Lieutenant Governor position presides over the Senate when in session, and “Anise” believes it is her duty to be familiar with every bill.  Often the Lieutenant Governor has signed bills into law in the past.  Anastacia will understand the details of each bill, and aligns herself strongly with the constitution. The Lieutenant Governor being appointed to a cabinet creates fiscal savings and better government. In general, the Lieutenant Governor helps keep agencies and departments accountable. A strong partnership between the Lieutenant Governor and the Governor promotes a more effective manner to address the broad needs of the people of New Mexico.

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New Mexico Border Authority

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Community Development Council

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Workforce Development Board

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New Mexico Finance Authority

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Space Commericial Commission

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Military BASE PLANNING COMMISSION

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State Board of Finance