My parents were educators and I saw first-hand how education and caring teachers can make a difference in our communities. I started my academic career in Head Start. I know how important early-childhood education is -- and that the federal government should be leading the way to make sure that all children are given the chance to learn, and a safe, healthy environment to grow in.
The federal government must help our students succeed through higher education - be that college or university, or apprenticeships and vocational schools. I support the concept of eliminating undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities for most students, while also ensuring that we are providing opportunities in the trades through vocational schools and job training programs.
We invest in what we believe in, and I believe in our students and their future. I believe access to quality education can transform New Mexico and help us reimagine an American Dream where students from Raton to Rio Rancho can climb the ladder of opportunity and possibility to unlock their full potential. I will be a staunch advocate for our students and our educators on the House Committee on Education and Labor.