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At Tuesday’s Kiwanis luncheon, members of the audience were concerned whether Stephanie Richard, Democratic candidate for the New Mexico House of Representatives could be a teacher and a representative in the legislature? Let me categorically state, yes!
In fact, as I imagine Mrs. Wallace knows, there are at least 11 other educators in the Roundhouse. New Mexico has a citizen legislature and they receive only per diem pay. This system allows ordinary citizens to be a part of the government. If it were a full-time job, then only the rich or retired or unemployed could represent us.
Of all people, a teacher is the ideal person to be in the legislature. When 42 percent of the state budget goes to K-12 education, who could possibly know better what schools need and how they work than a classroom teacher? In addition, because she is an educator, Stephanie can attend all interim committee meetings because they occur in the summer when she is off.
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