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ALBUQERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor of New Mexico, announced his plan to improve road safety in southeastern New Mexico by partnering with companies to construct private toll roads for commercial and oil and gas traffic. Pearce met with local business and community leaders in Carlsbad to announce his plan.

"We have all heard the tragic stories of accidents on our highways in southeastern New Mexico," said Pearce. "The roads are overcrowded and stressed beyond capacity, creating an unsafe situation for our New Mexico families and workers.

ALBUQERQUE — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced today he is calling on both parties to come together to change New Mexico law to prevent dangerous offenders from pretrial release. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:

"Our nation and our state have seen far too many preventable crimes where law enforcement failed to act. Recently, in Taos County, law enforcement did act to protect children and safeguard the community. The courts, however, ordered that they be released back into the community. The allegations in the case are horrifying, including the unexplained death of a child, child abuse, and terrorism. To millions of Americans, including me, it is unfathomable that those defendants would be released into the community.

Las Cruces, NM — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, held an event with employees of the high tech health care firm Electronic Caregiver in Las Cruces yesterday. Pearce spotlighted the company's success and touted his plan for creating good paying jobs throughout New Mexico. Company CEO Tony Dohrmann credited his company's success to "mentorship and inspiration from Pearce." Pearce laid out his plan to create jobs, boost high tech, and diversify the economy through state investment in New Mexico businesses.

Excerpts from the Las Cruces Sun-News below:

Pearce Touts Tech, Fewer Regulations During Las Cruces Visit

Las Cruces Sun-News, Aug. 16, 2018

LAS CRUCES - U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor, stopped in Las Cruces on Wednesday morning to tout his vision for economic development in the state.

Pearce held a campaign news conference adjacent to the tower, 506 S. Main St., that houses a Las Cruces-based national tech company called Electronic Caregiver. The event, the second by a gubernatorial candidate in Doña Ana County this week, is another sign campaigning is heating up ahead of the November general election.

Tony Dohrmann, CEO of Electronic Caregiver's parent company, SameDay Security, touted his company's accomplishments, including the development of multifaceted artificial intelligence system aimed to boost in-home health care for elderly patients. The enterprise, which has garnered $31 million in three rounds of equity funding, is poised for big growth. And Dorhmann credited his success to mentorship and inspiration from Pearce…

Boosting tech

Pearce, who's held southern New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District seat for all but two years since 2003, said, if elected governor, he'd encourage the tech industry's growth in the state. He said that would be one of three main areas of economic focus, the other two being reinvestment in rural communities and better equipping people for blue collar and trades jobs. At issue, Pearce said, is that talent leaves the state when people go elsewhere to find employment.

"They want to stay, they want to raise their families where they grew up, but they must have the opportunity," he said…

Pearce: Business faces roadblocks

Pearce has said he'd promote the State Investment Council helping to finance businesses in New Mexico. He said there are about six steps in a company's growth stages. And the state is doing well investing at the early and final stages. But investment in the mid-stages is lacking, he said.

In addition, Pearce said he thinks there are too many regulatory roadblocks to businesses. Often, they must go through several layers of regulation to get off the ground, he said.
"I've been told it's very difficult to get business licenses," he said. "Those are things that just discourage people. We want to be a helping hand."

Read the full story here: https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2018/08/15/gov-candidate-steve-pearce-touts-tech-las-cruces/999410002/

Ruidoso, NM—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced today his Forestry Management Plan for all of New Mexico.

"New Mexico is a stunning and beautiful state. One of our great benefits is the vast expanse of undeveloped areas. We have abundant public land and that land should be accessible to all. As an avid hiker and backpacker, I value the majesty of our national forests, the solitude of our wilderness and the limitless horizon of the eastern side of the state. I believe it is critical that we invest in forest management to protect our forests and watersheds from the impact of extreme fire and drought. These lands are the lifeblood of our rural economy including tourism, forest products, and agriculture.

To entrepreneur and gubernatorial candidate Congressman Steve Pearce, the preservation of New Mexico's core industries – oil, gas, timber and coal – is the key to solving many of the state's financial and social problems.

For too long, he said, decision makers have chosen policy over people, and these same decision makers have fallen into a pattern of treating the symptoms of New Mexico's problems instead of the problems themselves.

ALBUQUERQUE – District Court Judge Sarah Backus, an elected Democrat, has released the suspects from the Taos County terrorist compound until their trial begins. According to media reports, suspects will be released on a signature bond, and will not have to post bail prior to their release.
 
"Judge Backus has put New Mexicans at risk by releasing suspected terrorists back into the community," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "By releasing these suspects without even requiring them to post bail, Judge Backus has put people in danger and created the risk that they could flee and harm other children and communities as well. If New Mexico Democratic Party leaders are serious about keeping our state safe, they should join me in denouncing Judge Backus and the incredible failure of leadership and judgment demonstrated by her terrible decision."

ALBUQUERQUE—Former Democratic Governor Jerry Apodaca today endorsed Steve Pearce for Governor. In an oped published in the Albuquerque Journal former Governor Apodaca writes:

"These past years I have sat on the sidelines very quietly enjoying my life with my family and friends, observing from a distance. I know the new politicians of the 21st century don't need my advice. But friends recently suggested I sit down with both gubernatorial candidates to discuss the concerns I outlined above. I agreed to but didn't expect anyone to call.

As the only physician in the state Legislature, I have a unique responsibility to protect the truth about New Mexico's health care situation from those who would twist it to serve their own political ambitions. My patients regularly tell me they can spot a physician that cares more about making money than caring for them a mile away.

Gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., used poor judgment by accepting public money for personal profit when she served as NM Department of Health Secretary. We need a governor that is willing to fight corruption and give a voice to the people.

Grisham set up a controversial "consulting" company to manage the state's high-risk insurance pool. Part of the deal was for her to get paid lots of money, no less than $138,000 in 2013 alone. Grisham continued to profit from the arrangement after Obamacare took effect and pool participants drastically decreased. In fact, her personal fees greatly increased during this period. When asked about it, she has struggled to explain why, only citing "management challenges."

My fellow New Mexicans: Are you OK with our government officials starting their own companies and channeling tax dollars through them for their own profit? I, for one, think this should be illegal. It's like Donald Trump starting another business and signing a federal law that guarantees his profit.

In addition, Grisham misled our state when she took credit for falling drug overdose rates in New Mexico during her tenure as Health secretary. The victim in this case was the truth as drug overdose deaths actually increased from 304 in 2004 to 439 in 2007. Opioid-related overdose deaths climbed during her tenure.

New Mexico's health care workers and patients deserve leaders that focus on helping people. I was brought up to believe that if a person is capable of lying about one thing, they are probably capable of lying about something else. I don't have all the answers, but one thing is certain: New Mexico's problems won't be solved by leaders taking credit for outcomes they had nothing to do with.

The New Mexico medical community is comprised of thousands of hard-working, compassionate people from both the left and right of the political spectrum, but all their politics fade into the background when their patients' health is at stake. We work as a team that is dedicated to fixing our health care system and our communities.

The only way we will succeed is by being honest with each other and by not sugar-coating reality. I'm optimistic about New Mexico's future. Our state's prognosis depends on sound, fact-based leadership. No place for egotists that would mislead us by touting false accomplishments. In the case of the Grisham example, she has shown us what the alternative would look like: decisions that would be taken on false premises or by cold political calculus. This shows not only a lack of true empathy for the people of New Mexico, but also a lack of respect for them.

Nobody can blame climbing overdose deaths on one person, and I'm not suggesting that. What concerns me is that we have a candidate who has abused our trust and has received public money for her own personal gain at the expense of the poor who have trouble gaining access to health care.

For 80 years, New Mexicans have been subjected to the same empty promises for prosperity. It's time to change that. It's time for something new. It's time to vote for honesty, innovation and compassion in our government. This will not be easy. Nothing worthwhile usually is.

Regardless of your political affiliation, we all want leaders – and physicians – who care enough about us to tell us the truth and not attempt to profit from our weaknesses or vulnerabilities. Show me a leader with compassion and the courage to tell you the truth, and I'll show you a leader worth supporting. It's been my experience that the best predictor of a person's future behavior is their past behavior.

Dr. Gregg Schmedes is New Mexico's director for the Academy of Medical Ethics and assistant professor of surgery at the University of New Mexico.

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