Information on candidates running in New Mexico’s 2022 general election is available in two different voting guides at the Cherry Hills Library at Harper Road and Barstow Street.
The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico and the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission have guides available for voters seeking information beyond the political ads seen on television and the internet.
The 48-page LWVCNM guide asks state house of representative candidates four questions:
- What qualifications do you have to serve in the New Mexico House of Representatives?
- What actions, if any, should be taken at the state level to reduce our use of fossil fuels?
- Do you believe the right to abortion should be codified by the Legislature? Please explain.
- What gun laws, if any, would you support?
A significant number of candidates provided no response to LWVCNM questions. The Central New Mexico chapter of League of Women Voters was founded in 1948 and encourages informed and active participation in government.
District 27 candidates Robert S. Godshall (R) and incumbent Marian Matthews (D), who did not respond to questions from the Neighborhood Journal, did provide responses in the LWVCNM guide.
Both candidates give opposing viewpoints to each question asked by LWVCNM, with Matthews answering with a clear yes to the question on abortion and Godshall not giving a yes or no answer, but implying he is against codifying the right to abortion.
Neighborhoods in District 27 include Jade Park, Academy Hills, North Wyoming, Keystone, Countrywood, Academy North, Cherry Hills, Heritage Hills, Heritage East, Quintessence, Mountain Run, Oso Grande, and portions of Eisenhower Area and Hahn Park/Bear Canyon.
District 31 candidates Athena Ann Christodoulou (D) and incumbent William R. Rehm (R), who also ignored emails and phone calls from the Neighborhood Journal, provided answers to LWVCNM. Christodoulou answered yes to the abortion question, while Rehm stated he is against late-term abortion.
Neighborhoods in District 31 include North Domingo Baca, Nor Este, West La Cueva, Vineyard Estates, North Albuquerque Acres, Sandia Heights, Tanoan East, Peppertree, Antelope Run and a portion of High Desert. According to Ballotpedia and 2020 U.S. Census data, District 31 has a population of 30,768, with 71.4% being white and a median household income of $117,223.
The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission provides information on candidates running for judgeships and judges voters are being asked to retain or not.