Finding Common Ground to Create Solutions
When I am campaigning door-to-door, I tell people I am running for State Representative in District 33 because I am a reasonable person. Sure, it gets a laugh and it sounds a bit simplistic, but it’s the truth. The reason is something our state desperately needs right now. We need a government that behaves respectfully and thoughtfully. We have far more in common than not and it’s time we invested in our common ground and got back to the business of making government work to improve life in our communities.
The daily news paints a negative and divisive picture of name-calling and polarization. When talking to people face-to-face, where I live, I can see that we are not as far apart as we have been led to believe. As your representative, I will always work to find common ground, to see things from multiple points of view and to LISTEN. We must get back to basics where we look one another in the eye and simply listen and hear each other out. It’s a simple gesture of respect that we need in order to move forward and get things done.
Important issues are never simple. We all want better schools, happier and safer children, good-paying jobs, the conservation of resources, beautiful landscapes, fewer crimes, less trauma. It’s the mechanics of how we can best get there that we disagree about. Using disagreement as a start, rather than an endpoint, we can learn to carefully and respectfully listen to each other. We can create the space to locate and explore common ground. It is in that process that we find the willingness to think creatively and generate innovation. That is good governance, and that’s what I want to invest my talents in so that every one of us can look forward to a brighter future—and a better New Mexico.