Deb Haaland is the incumbent candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, to which she was first elected in 2018. She is a single mother, and was raised in a military family; her father was a marine and her mother was in the Navy. Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna and is a champion of Native American rights, and became one of the first Native American women elected to Congress. Haaland is the first Native American woman in the country to chair a state party. During her time as chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, she helped Democrats flip the New Mexico state house, and traveled to Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
On healthcare . . .
“It’s time to challenge corporate dominance over our health, and a corporate healthcare system that is inefficient, rocky, and wildly expensive. No American should face bankruptcy, death, or poverty because of a lack of healthcare. We need national public health insurance -- Medicare for All -- a model that has been proven across the world to lower costs, increase efficiency, and ensure the most people have access to care. Health care is a human right.”
On the environment . . .
“We need to act fast to counteract climate change and keep fossil fuels in the ground. I pledge to vote against all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and to fight instead for 100% clean energy -- including tens of thousands of solar energy jobs for New Mexicans. We deserve representatives in Congress who will stand up to the fossil fuel industry, and I will.
Indigenous rights and the fight for climate justice cannot be separated, and I will fight for tribal nations across the country who are battling the fossil fuel industry in their backyards.”
Plans for Economy
“I believe in a fair society, where hardworking New Mexicans all have an equal shot to reach their full potential, and where corporations, millionaires, and billionaires all pay their fair share in taxes. I’ll also fight with everything I have for a national public infrastructure bill that creates millions of jobs and rebuilds America’s crumbling roads, parks, bridges, energy, schools, and technology infrastructure. Infrastructure improvements should be especially targeted towards poor, black, and brown communities who have been historically neglected by our government.”
“It’s time for us to make big, smart investments in public schools and find real solutions that pull our kids and all New Mexicans out of poverty.” Deb pledges to fight for debt-free college, universal pre-K, social services that ensure kids have the support they need to focus on learning, including stable housing and mental health support, and more federal funding for public K-12 schools. In 2005, Deb authored and led passage of a law in the New Mexico legislature that allowed members of New Mexico Indian tribes in-state tuition at higher education institutions.