Congressional District 2 Candidate Evaluations

Grading based on NMD4D's policies and candidate interviews, forums and debates.
THE CANDIDATES

CD 2 Candidate Grading

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Overall Grade: B
(87.8%)

Yvette Herrell (R)

Overall Grade: C
(78.9%)

Investing in New Mexico 

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: B

Believes government should create an environment for private and public investments.

Sees a need for a better tax plan for the middle class and is against the GOP tax plan.

Xochitl supports investing in 21st-century infrastructure; from safe roads to broadband and cell phone service.

She will find creative ways to streamline interaction with government agencies so that New Mexico businesses can operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Will continue to fight for funding for workforce training and development programs.

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: C

Yvette will work with federal grants and budgets to maximize federal funds for infrastructure and tech transfer where possible.

She is concerned about federal government overreaches and will lead the charge to reform a bloated government; rolling back job-killing regulations.

Yvette will lead and encourage that job creation and investments should come from the private sector.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Jobs Plan

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: B

Believes we need to create an economic foundation that gives everyone a fair shot at the American Dream.

Xochitl will focus on local priorities for NM vs. D.C. needs.

She will focus on water projects, agriculture, funding, and support for New Mexico State University, STEM, energy research, and increase broadband throughout our rural communities.

Place focus on protecting public lands for eco-tourism.

Fight for living wages, and provide incentives to attract businesses that offer good-paying jobs.

Supports investments in 21st-century infrastructure, from safe roads to broadband and cell phone service.

Help local businesses prepare New Mexico’s students for the jobs of the future. (Provides no plans or ideas on execution.)

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: B

Wants to reform a bloated government and roll back job-killing regulations.

Supports the GOP tax plan and believes it has created millions of job and brought billion of new investments. States we need to focus on bringing some of these investments to NM.

Yvette knows first-hand that no one knows the best way to run a business better than a business owner. Maintains that the less government is involved in the process, the better the outcome will be for our economy and jobs.

Believes that it is not the role of government to create jobs but rather create an attractive environment that encourages job creators to continue to invest together.

Focuses on diversifying New Mexico’s economy; protecting our labs and bases, and eliminate unnecessary regulations that are vital to industry growth in New Mexico.

Supports Tech Transfer, expanding our bases, labs and supports leading the country in tech research and development.

Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Education

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: A

A quality education will allow us to break the cycle of poverty and enhance our communities.

Xochitl is a strong advocate for public education and will fight to ensure that every student—regardless of income, location, or background receives a quality education.

States southern New Mexico has some unique challenges in providing strong public education to our rural and diverse communities.

Will fight for increased funding for our public schools, and technology.

Will work to increase funding for English language learning programs, better pay for teachers, reduced class sizes, early childhood education and work toward universal access to Pre-K.

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: B

Yvette supports more state funding into classrooms.

She does not believe there is a role in the constitution for the federal government to set policy or to fund public schools and believes it should be controlled at a state level.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Immigration

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: A

Notes the immigration system as broken — holds a view that politicians use it as a talking point instead of trying to solve the problem and is committed to resolve this.

Supports secure borders to keep out traffickers and violent criminals.

Does not support Trump's wall, supports giving Customs and Border Protection the technology and personnel they need to keep us safe and maintain effective and efficient ports of entry.

Believes ICE is another layer of bureaucracy that doesn’t protect against abuses of power or helps to enforce our laws.

Will fight for a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and others without criminal records who are living, working and paying taxes in New Mexico and the United States.

Supports expanding work visas and skills-based immigration focused on agriculture, technology, and other sectors that benefit from hiring the best, brightest, and hardest working people from around the world.

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: B

She supports President Trump on immigration.

Committed to working with the Trump administration to combat the flow of illegal immigration and secure our borders.

Believes DACA was never designed with the intent of it being a pathway to citizenship and needs reform.

She does not support amnesty.

Supports guest worker permits for shortfalls in industries that require additional workers.

Does not support Trump's wall, but supports additional border security, enforcing current laws, and developing new protocols.

Believes a person wishing to live and/or work in the United States must go through proper channels to achieve that goal.
Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:
  • NMD4D supports building trade with our border countries, not walls.
  • We believe in immigration programs that allow immigrants to obtain work visas and offer a  clear and legal pathway based on time spent in our country.
  • We support citizenship for DACA families and securing the boards with high-tech solutions and work programs.
  • We do not support separating parents from their children and placing children in detention centers.

Veterans

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: A

Believes we must provide comprehensive services vets were promised and deserve.

She is committed to fighting for a VA that is fully-funded, staffed, and accessible to veterans within their community.

Provide transportation options, access to VA clinics, an integrated veteran’s health care system, and ensure that the VA is actively reaching out to veterans to guarantee that they are receiving services.

Make mental health treatment a priority.

Offer effective treatments including mental health, PTSD and depression care.

Provide better transition services to service members as they return to civilian life and their communities.

Focus on veteran job opportunities and services that combat homelessness.

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: B

Will fight for and believes in veterans medical care within our community.

Favors Tricare and states healthcare choices should rest with veterans within their communities.

Veterans should have the right to see any medical providers or facility in their community within private practitioners or hospitals.

Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:

Healthcare

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: B

Supports quality, affordable healthcare for all.

Will focus on taking on the pharmaceutical companies to lower the cost of prescription drugs, standing up for our veterans by working to fix the VA, and protecting and strengthening Medicare.

Will work across party lines to expand rural healthcare access by providing incentives for medical professionals to serve our rural communities.

The federal government needs to face the opioid crisis will push for substantial resources to help states with emergency responses, addiction treatment and stopping the flood of illegal opioids into the US.

Has not said she supports a single payer or Medicare for all.

Will focus on affordable healthcare, decrease the cost of prescription medication and strengthen Medicare.

Wants to stabilize the insurance pool to lower premiums, prioritizing preventative care, and working to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: C

Healthcare should be addressed at the state and local levels with the support of the federal government.

She opposes a single-payer healthcare system.

Supports free markets and the ability for consumers to make their own healthcare decisions.

Would repeal Obamacare (ACA).

Focuses on free-market solutions, giving the consumer more choices in their options of purchasing healthcare services.


Questions and evaluations are based on NMD4D's policy platforms:
  • The ACA is a good idea but does not control the cost of insurance. Premiums and prescription costs have jumped up 140% in the last six years.
  • NMD4D is in favor of a single payer system where you pay for your needs, creating healthcare corporations within and with out-of-state firms, and the state negotiating cost of prescription drugs.

Military & Labs

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: B

Supports increasing funding for military bases.

Will fight to expand both our bases and labs.

Does not support Space Force and believes we should use our military and labs to fight climate change.

Does not support any additional funding for Space Force.

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: B

Supports technology research and transfer for NM tech.

Supports more military installations and labs.

Wants additional investments in our labs, bases, and Universities.

Focus on Kirtland, space and satellite/cybersecurity programs, and Cannon Air Force Base.

Supports maximize New Mexico assets.

New Mexico can lead by using our labs, military and spaceport.

We need to look at the federal budget and use NM source to streamline our military budget.

Wants to move public lands back to New Mexico.

Renewables

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: C

Supports investing and expanding renewables in New Mexico.

Believes we can work with both the oil & gas and renewable industries to lead the country.

Wants to diversify our economy while maximizing our industries like oil and gas for economic growth in the district.

Volatile boom and bust cycles are not suitable for NM families.

Supports the Federal Bureau of Land Management which oversees federal land that much of the region devotes to both wind, solar and oil & gas.

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: C

Local governments must be the primary source of decision making in their communities and industries.

Supports reducing regulations that impede economic development in key industries such as oil and gas, but also renewables.

Wants to limit government and allow the open market to determine the demand.

Will protect our health, safety, and the environment.

She believes we’ve placed so many regulations on businesses.

Oil & Gas

Xochitl Torres Small (D)

Category Grade: A

Believes we can work with both the oil & gas industry and renewables to lead the country.

Xochitl sees oil and gas as an opportunity to maximize revenue for the state and the federal government.

Wants to diversify our economy while maximizing our industries like oil and as for economic growth in the district.

Thinks the volatile boom and bust cycle is not good for NM families.

Revenue generated in southeast New Mexico must return to the communities that host the developments and regulations should encourage companies to come to New Mexico instead of Texas, which she said has less government oversight.

“You’re generating all this revenue from the BLM and you need the support from the BLM to be able to do this in New Mexico."
We need to make sure New Mexico is keeping up the pace. Right across the state line is Texas, that’s all private land.”

Encourage ongoing growth in the renewable industry is essential.

Wants to make sure BLM staff is available, ready and has the tools to process quickly. Focusing on increasing revenue and development, while we limit risk.

Protect freshwater rights and work with industry to cleaning tainted waters.

Yvette Herrell (R)

Category Grade: A

Support expansion is NM's #1 issue.

Local governments must be the primary source of decision making in their communities and industries.

Supports reducing regulations that hinder economic development in key industries such as oil and gas.

Wants to limit government and allow the open market to determine the demand.

Will protecting our health, safety, and environment, but thinks we’ve gotten to a place where too many regulations impact business.

Fighting duplicate regulations are needed to ensure New Mexico can be competitive with neighboring states such as Texas and Oklahoma.

Will focus on inviting business to New Mexico, limiting government impact. push the free market, consumer choices and the prosperity that everyone wants to enjoy.

Aside from significant industries like extraction, small businesses will be necessary to oil towns such as Carlsbad and Hobbs’ survival during a bust in oil prices.

The federal government can support infrastructure needs.

Funding for road improvements is the biggest need and one of her priorities.

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