Gary King's 2014 Run for Governor of New Mexico



Gary King served as the 30th Attorney General of New Mexico from January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he won his party's nomination to become Governor of New Mexico in 2014. He lost the general election to incumbent Republican Governor, Susana Martínez who ran for re-election for a second term in office.
Content is from the site's 2014 archived pages. and other outside sources.

 

ABOUT GARY

Gary King is currently the New Mexico Attorney General and the only current AG in the nation who is also a scientist with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Gary maintained a private practice as an attorney and served as a state Legislator before being elected Attorney General in 2006. Since 1987, he has been married to Yolanda Jones King, also a scientist and community leader.  Gary grew up with his ranching family in Stanley, New Mexico.

Gary attended New Mexico State University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.  He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Colorado University at Boulder.  He then attended law school at the University of New Mexico, where he received his J.D.  In 1984, Gary formed the law firm of King and Stanley in Moriarty, where he carried out the general practice of law.  In 1990, he assumed the position of Corporate General Counsel and Senior Environmental Scientist with Advanced Sciences, Inc., an environmental consulting firm.

Gary served for 12 years in the New Mexico State Legislature.  During 10 years as the Chairman of the Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, Gary used his leadership position to work vigorously on health care, environmental and civil rights issues.

In 1998, Gary became the Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C.   Within a year, he became the Department’s Director of the Office of Worker and Community Transition.  While at the DOE, he developed and implemented a program fostering cooperation between federal, state, local and Native American governments to enhance cleanup activities.

As Attorney General, Gary spearheaded the effort to get legislation passed that, for the first time, made it a felony crime to engage in the practice of human trafficking. He was invited to Geneva, Switzerland by a United Nations committee to present this legislation as a model for other nations around the world that are seeking to end the practice of human slavery.

Gary has been a long-time active participant in his local community and has given his time and expertise to many statewide positions.  He has served as President of his Rotary Club and Chair of the Manzano District of the Boy Scouts of America.  Gary has served as the Chair of the Legal Services Committee of the New Mexico State Bar Association; as a Domestic Violence Special Commissioner and served as guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children in the Seventh Judicial District.  He was also the Chairman of the New Mexico Mining Commission and served on the Environmental Advisory Board to the Federal Aviation Administration.  Additionally, Gary was of counsel with Law and Resource Planning Associates, one of New Mexico’s most respected water and natural resource law firms.

 

ABOUT DEB HAALAND

Debra Haaland is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of New Mexico. She possesses a vast array of experience as a grassroots community organizer, businesswoman, and administrator and is highly active in the advocacy of Native American issues.

Since January of 2013 Haaland has been the tribal administrator for the Pueblo of San Felipe where she manages a variety of tribal programs and departments while directing and assisting the administration’s interests in federal, state and tribal political issues and relationships. She is also currently the Chairwoman of the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors. As the first woman elected to the position in the company’s history Haaland helps oversee the business operations, strategies and initiatives of the second largest tribal gaming enterprise in New Mexico. She also currently serves as Chairwoman of the Native American Democratic Caucus of NM and a member of the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s State Platform and Resolutions Committee. During the 2012 election cycle Debra was the State Native American Vote Director for Organizing for America New Mexico. Her primary responsibility was to register, mobilize, and produce voter turnout for the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama. During the campaign she organized in the Pueblos and in the Apache and Navajo Nations. Her efforts helped produce a 60% voter turnout in Native American precincts with 89% of the vote supporting the President’s reelection.

Her previous experience also includes positions as Administrative Director and Residential Counselor at Maxcare Inc. of Albuquerque. She gained experience helping provide care for developmentally disabled adults as well as working to obtain the company’s clients with proper levels of Medicare and Social Security benefits.

Haaland has an extensive list of engagements in a variety of political campaigns on both the national and state levels including serving as Manager of the Native American Vote program for the 2010 Diane Denish / Brian Colón gubernatorial campaign. She was a New Mexico delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Debra was the author and primary advocate of the successful 2005 passage of New Mexico Senate Bill 482 which provides instate tuition to enrolled members of New Mexico tribal members regardless of residency.

Haaland holds a B.A. degree in English / Professional Writing from the University of New Mexico, and a Juris Doctorate from the University Of New Mexico School Of Law. She resides in Albuquerque where her daughter Somáh attends the University of New Mexico.

 




ISSUES

  FIGHTING TO RESTORE GOOD JOBS AND GROWTH
“I want all New Mexicans who want to start a business to be able to do so. I want New Mexicans who own a business to be able to grow that business if they choose to. And I want all New Mexicans to have a job at a decent wage to support their families. …
           


FIGHTING FOR OUR KIDS, SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS
“My mother, Alice King, devoted her life to working and advocating for public policies to protect vulnerable children in our state. I think she would be bitterly disappointed today to see how children are being neglected in New Mexico.” We urgently nee …
           


CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
I am committed to protecting New Mexico children from cyber predators through my Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, which is part of the ICAC Task Force –a multi-agency network of law enforcement personnel statewide whose mission is to loca …
           


A CHAMPION FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE
“The polluters already have great political clout in Santa Fe. We need a Governor who will stand up for environmental protection that preserves the beauty, resources and traditions of our state.” As Attorney General and as a state legislator, Gary King …
         

  
NM WATER & ENVIRONMENT
If water is life, New Mexico is in a fight for its very existence and my office leading the battle to protect our precious surface and groundwater resources.  I am in the process of suing the federal government for unilaterally changing the way the Rio
           


CONSUMER PROTECTION FOR NEW MEXICAN FAMILIES, SENIORS AND HOMEOWNERS
As Attorney General, I’ve made it one of my top missions to stand up for consumers, seniors and homeowners. My office has gone after businesses that try to take advantage of consumers or mislead them. For example: I’ve pursued mortgage lenders that use …

 

PROTECTING NM CONSUMERS
Predatory small loan lenders;  counterfeit Native jewelry makers;  deceptive and unfair business practices;  fraudulent schemes that target immigrants;  scams that target the elderly;  false pharmaceutical claims;–the list goes on and on in terms of  …


           
FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL NEW MEXICANS
As Attorney General, Gary King helped advance the principle of marriage equality when he determined that the constitution forbids New Mexico from denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Gary King believes that when two committed people, regard …

A FAMILY TRADITION OF SERVICE TO NEW MEXICO
Gary King grew up with his ranching family in Stanley, New Mexico. He is the son of former three-time Governor Bruce King, and Alice King. For the King family, public service to the people of our state is a strong tradition. As Governor, Gary King will …
           


IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
In recent times May1st in the United States has become a day when we mark our country’s progress, or lack thereof, on immigrants’ rights. How are immigrants making out in New Mexico? It’s not easy being an immigrant in the United States today, undocume …

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Eradication of human trafficking has been a hallmark initiative for me as Attorney General.  I worked for years to get an anti-human trafficking law on the books and in 2008, New Mexico’s first such law went into effect.  Our efforts to address human t …

 

PUBLIC CORRUPTION
Government abuses and corruption, if allowed to exist and fester, always serve to destroy confidence in our system; all the way from the state level to county, city, and village governments.  As Attorney General, I created a Government Accountability D …

 



FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL NEW MEXICANS

 

• As Attorney General, Gary King helped advance the principle of marriage equality when he determined that the constitution forbids New Mexico from denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Gary King believes that when two committed people, regardless of their gender, want all of the rights and responsibilities of married couples, no one may stand in their way.

• Gary King helped defeat an attack on women and women’s health – and a family’s right to decide what is right for themselves – when he determined that the Albuquerque ballot measure last November was unconstitutional and unenforceable.

• Tribal communities in New Mexico feel the brunt of a higher unemployment rate than the rest of the state. Gary King will fight to implement creative policies to get jobs and economic growth to rural tribal members. He will be a partner with pueblos and tribes, and respect tribal sovereignty. That is why Gary King has been endorsed by Pojoaque Pueblo.

• Gary King has advocated for the rights of Native American children to have a significant relationship with their parent’s tribe, as was raised in the heartbreaking case of Baby Veronica.

 


 

FIGHTING FOR OUR KIDS, SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS

“My mother, Alice King, devoted her life to working and advocating for public policies to protect vulnerable children in our state. I think she would be bitterly disappointed today to see how children are being neglected in New Mexico.”

We urgently need a Governor who will deliver for our children. Photo-op politics will not improve our kids’ future. Under Martinez, our state has fallen to 50th in the nation for children’s well-being, yet in her last budget she turned back $6 million for the protection of at-risk kids. As Governor, Gary King will be a champion for all New Mexico children.

• Anyone who reads the news realizes that under her administration, New Mexico’s most vulnerable children are at greater risk. Gary King has taken on Martinez when she promised only an internal investigation into one recent tragic incident. Unlike her, Gary King wants an independent investigation to guarantee there can be no white wash of the facts, because he worries how many more children may be in danger.

• Gary King will fight to fund a bold Early Childhood Education project from the permanent land grant fund, and he wants a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2014 to do so. The rainy day fund belongs to the people, and the people should decide whether to use the fund to get our kids better learning opportunities.

• Gary King will put an end to over-testing of our students in public schools. Martinez’s corporate education regime deadens their learning experience, and is driving out good teachers.

• Gary King has taken on Martinez’s harmful education ‘reform’ that demonizes teachers. He will end the growing privatization of our public education system. Classrooms should be learning centers, not profit centers.

• Gary King will fight for smaller classrooms, better pay and more respect for our teachers, and common-sense teacher evaluations.

• Gary King has used his position as Attorney General to protect children from cyber predators, to locate, track and capture Internet child sexual predators and Internet child pornographers. As Governor he will continue to make children’s safety a top priority.

 



FIGHTING TO RESTORE GOOD JOBS AND GROWTH

I want all New Mexicans who want to start a business to be able to do so. I want New Mexicans who own a business to be able to grow that business if they choose to. And I want all New Mexicans to have a job at a decent wage to support their families.

Gov. Martinez’s mantra of tax cuts for big corporations, less regulation, and cuts in key government spending is not working. We had almost zero growth in 2013 under her watch. We are losing population for the first time in memory. And poverty is higher today in New Mexico than it was 10 years ago. We need a different approach to improve New Mexico’s jobs situation, and that is why Gary King is running for Governor. Leadership and policies that will put New Mexicans back to work.

• Gary King believes we shouldn’t be taking from poor children to give to multinational corporations. When big corporations get tax giveaways, working families must pay a bigger share of the state’s taxes. The Governor’s tax ‘cut’ was a backdoor tax hike on smaller, struggling communities across our state.

• Gary King will fight for a minimum wage increase to boost the incomes for millions of struggling New Mexican families, and lift children out of poverty. Martinez hurt families when she vetoed a minimum wage increase last year, and she held down job growth and demand.

• Gary King will get help for small businesses, and help them succeed. Small businesses employ the most New Mexicans, and they must be our focus, not big multinational corporations.

• Gary King will fight for strategies to bring investment for jobs to rural communities. He is of rural New Mexico, and he knows rural New Mexicans need jobs too.

• Gary King will end Martinez’s rampant outsourcing of New Mexico jobs.

• Gary King will fight for the needed investments to improve our public schools, for good vocational tech opportunities, and for our higher education institutions. All of these are critical to New Mexico’s future job growth.

• Gary King has fought hard to end wage theft in New Mexico. Every year and in every industry, thousands of New Mexicans are the victims of unscrupulous bosses who pay less than minimum wage, refuse overtime pay, and misclassify employees as independent contractors. He will continue to fight against wage theft as Governor.

 



NM WATER & ENVIRONMENT

If water is life, New Mexico is in a fight for its very existence and my office leading the battle to protect our precious surface and groundwater resources.  I am in the process of suing the federal government for unilaterally changing the way the Rio Grande Project water allotment agreement had been operated for more than a 100 years.  New Mexico’s share of water was drastically reduced just as our state began to experience the crop-killing effects of what is now considered the worst ongoing drought in the nation.  Simultaneously, I am defending our state against an attempt by Texas to sue New Mexico over water in the lower Rio Grande.  Unlike our current governor, if elected, I will put New Mexico’s interests ahead of friends and financial supporters in Texas.  Additionally, my office was instrumental in preventing the building of a power plant in northwest New Mexico that would have spewed out  tons of hazardous air pollutants,  adversely affecting the health of area residents and poisoning local vegetation and soil.  I am also working to block the current governor’s administration from allowing copper mines to pollute groundwater beneath their mines–contamination that could last for hundreds of years.  As your governor, I will continue to protect  the health of all New Mexicans by ensuring good stewardship of our precious natural resources and environment.

 


 

WOMEN FOR KING / HAALAND

Co-chairs State Senator Linda Lopez and former NM Secretary of State Clara Padilla Andrews

Gary King and Deb Haaland have created the group Women for Gary King/ Deb Haaland, an organization of women working together to build a better New Mexico.  The goal of Women for King/Haaland is to inform and educate the community on current issues affecting women and families.  Women for King/ Haaland will work to promote involvement and opportunity for women and to generate ideas on key issues, build policy, and preserve the voices of women in our communities.

 



 

VOTING INFORMATION-VOTE!

Early In-Person Voting
Begins: October 18, 2014
Contact your County Clerk for locations
Ends: November 1, 2014
Early voting at alternate sites begins on the third Saturday before the election. Call your county clerk for locations. Alternate sites may have extended or various hours but must at least be open from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Saturday. These sites are closed on Sunday and Monday. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election. If you become ill after the period for absentee balloting and are unable to go to the polls, you may request a ballot in writing. Your request must be signed by your health care provider. Your ballot will be given to the person who presents the request to the county clerk and shall be returned by the same person.

GENERAL ELECTION DAY:
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voters may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person in the county clerk’s office during regular business hours starting 28 days prior to an election.

No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot from any County Clerk’s Office. Any voter or organization may request the New Mexico absentee ballot application by mail, telephone, or in person. However, the information on the form may not be altered or re-arranged. You must complete the application on your own.

The county clerk must receive the New Mexico absentee ballot application no later than 5:00 pm on Friday before the election. The county clerk must either mail the ballot or notify you with the reason why the application was not accepted within 24 hours of receipt of the application.

The county clerk must receive the federal absentee application by facsimile or scanned document no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, before the election.

If you apply for an absentee ballot and receive it, you must vote that ballot. You will not be issued another ballot if the original ballot is destroyed, discarded or delivered to the polls unvoted. If you apply for, but do not receive the absentee ballot, you may go to the county clerk’s office until Monday before the election and apply for a replacement ballot for the election.

You may also go to your polling place and vote on a paper ballot, in lieu of an absentee ballot on Election Day. You will be required to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you did not receive your ballot.

A member of your immediate family or your caregiver may hand-deliver your absentee ballot to the county clerk. An unrelated third party may not deliver another voter’s absentee ballot. Ballots must be returned to the county clerk or voter’s precinct before 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.

In order to request an absentee ballot by mail:

  • Download an Absentee Ballot Application Here.
  • Mail your Absentee Ballot Application to your County Clerk’s Office.

The County Clerk’s Office will process your application and send you a ballot in the mail.  You will then fill out the ballot and return to the clerk’s office no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day.  If you are sent an absentee ballot in the mail you will not be allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day.

 


 

 

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