2018 - Balderas for Governor

NMMitch on AG Hector Balderas
Started July 2015 

If you want to know the details of the next Governor of New Mexico keep reading.

Balderas on Principles and Values

"Hector Balderas was raised in the small village of Wagon Mound. He received his college degrees from NM Highlands University and UNM Law School. Hector decided against pursuing a career in the private sector and instead chose to follow his passion for public service, as an assistant district attorney. In December 2003, Hector moved back to his hometown of Wagon Mound with his wife and three young children to give back to his rural community. At the age of 29, Hector was elected State Representative."
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com, "About" Jul 17, 2011

March 13, 2015 - Attorney General Balderas Announces Direct Payment & Relief for 230 New Mexico Homeowners Who Suffered Mortgage Servicing Abuses by SunTrust Mortgage.

Current SunTrust Customers Who Think They Were Affected by SunTrust’s Practices Should Call the Attorney’s General’s Office

Santa Fe, NM – A $550 million nationwide federal-state settlement with mortgage servicer SunTrust Mortgage Inc. over servicing and foreclosure abuses will provide direct payment to New Mexicans who suffered past foreclosure abuses and homeowners who still have a mortgage loan with SunTrust may be eligible for a modification or a principal reduction on the balance of their mortgage loan.

“Current SunTrust customers may be eligible for loan modifications, refinance opportunities and principal reductions. In addition, over 200 New Mexico homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2013 may be eligible for direct monetary payments," Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “Additionally, SunTrust’s mortgage servicing will now be subject to compliance monitoring for the next three and a half years by both a national monitor and the Attorney General’s Homeownership Preservation Unit.”

Under the terms of the settlement SunTrust will make direct payments to more than 230 New Mexicans whose loans were serviced by SunTrust and who lost their homes to foreclosure from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2013. The amount of the payments will depend on the number of claims filed.

If a homeowner believes that they may be eligible for relief under the SunTrust settlement they are encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s office at (505) 222-9038. Any New Mexico homeowner who may be struggling with their mortgage can receive free housing counseling and legal help by contacting the NM Attorney General’s Keep Your Home NM hotline at 1-855-664-6630 or by visiting the website at www.KeepYourHomeNewMexico.org.

Balderas on Immigration

"There are millions of young people who have lived here since childhood. Undocumented youth are our students and neighbors. They want to work. They want to succeed. But without a path to citizenship, those dreams won't be possible. We need to address the realities of how we live and work. The original DREAM Act accomplishes just that. By providing a path to citizenship for young people who want to be here, we can build a nation that is more fair and more full of opportunities."
– Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com, "Press" Apr 4, 2012

Balderas on Education

"As a product of New Mexico public schools, the first in his village to graduate from law school, the husband of a New Mexico public educator, and the father of three children in public schools, Hector Balderas knows our greatest responsibility is to ensure our children have the opportunity to receive a world class education.

From pre-kindergarten through college, we must sustain an educational system that secures our future by providing the tools young people need to succeed. Denying any child the opportunity to realize his or her talents puts our nation at risk. There is no better investment that we can make as a country than in our children's education. Fighting for and supporting first-rate public schools are paramount to not only our children's success but our country's as well."
– Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com,"Issues" Jan 18, 2012

2014 - April 5 - ABQ Journal - NM Fights for $34 Million in Special Education Funding

2013 - July 15 - El Paso Times - Auditor Raps Public Schools Chief

2014 - Aug 7 - KRQE - Report Raises Red Flags on 4 ABQ Charter Schools

2014 - Dec 10 - KRWG - New Mexico Charter School Power Struggle

Balderas on Fraud

2015 July 15 - AG Balderas Creates Fraud Recovery Strike Force

2015 July 07 - AG Balderas Opposes National Data Breach Law, Backs State' Authority

2014 July 24 - National Council for Behavioral Health - Federal Oversight of NMDHS

Balderas on Social Security

"Privatizing Social Security, as Republicans continue to advocate for, would have disastrous effects. We have seen the devastating consequences that occur when people's retirement savings are pegged solely to the volatile swings of the market. We cannot place these burdens on our seniors. 

As Senator, Hector will fight against attempts to weaken our safety net:

  • He will oppose efforts to privatize Social Security and put our seniors' retirement security in the hands of a volatile stock market;
  • He will oppose efforts to end Medicare as we know it;
  • He will oppose Republican efforts to cut food stamp benefits for New Mexico families by nearly $2,000 per year. This program has helped so many families work their way into the middle class;
  • And he will fight against proposals that would cause 36 million Americans to lose their Medicaid coverage--including people with disabilities and seniors in nursing homes."

– Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com,"Issues" Jan 18, 2012

Balderas on Water

State Attorney General Hector Balderas says he doesn't want New Mexico communities to be pitted against one another as water resources dwindle and an interstate legal challenge over the Rio Grande looms.

So Balderas announced July 2015 during a visit to Las Cruces that his office is partnering with the Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University. Balderas says the goal is to be more innovative when dealing with water planning and the use of water in general. He also wants to find a reasonable resolution to the fight with Texas over the Rio Grande but still protect the rights of New Mexico citizens.

As part of the partnership, the attorney general's office is investing $1 million from its consumer protection fund in the water research institute.

Balderas on Government Reform

"After one term in the state legislature, Hector became frustrated with the lack of accountability he was seeing from too many local and state officials that were wasting and abusing taxpayer dollars. So, in November 2006, Hector sent shock waves through the political establishment when he was elected New Mexico State Auditor. He set off on an aggressive agenda of restoring accountability and cracking down on fraud and abuse."
– Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com, "About" Jul 17, 2011

May 15, 2015 - The office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas had conducted two educational workshops on New Mexico’s Sunshine laws in Los Lunas on Wednesday, May 20.
The purpose of the workshops was to educate and assist public officials about their duties and the rights of the public under the state’s Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act.
The workshops were provided to interested members of local governments, members of boards and commissions and the general public.

The “Sunshine Laws” training was held at the Los Lunas Transportation Center, 101 Courthouse Road. The first session was held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and the second session was held from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information about training, contact La Verne Roller at lroller@nmag.gov or by telephone at 827-6063.

Balderas on Solar / PNM / Renewables

2015 June 26 - Four Corners News - AG Balderas turns against PNM Plan

2015 July 22 - NM Regulators Reject Study on Renewable Energy in Our State

Balderas on Tax Reform

As State Auditor, Hector has worked to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse in state and local government, and went after corporations that defrauded taxpayers. He'll bring that same approach to Washington as United States Senator. As Senator, Hector will:

  • Work to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse in government;
  • Push for a balanced approach to deficit reduction--one that includes smart spending cuts, as well as tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations;
  • Fight to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

Make no mistake, we need to get our fiscal house in order. But Hector knows that we cannot balance our checkbook on the backs of New Mexico's--and America's--most vulnerable citizens.
– Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com,"Issues" Jan 18, 2012

Balderas on Criminal Justice

2015 June 08 - KOAT - AG say State Justice System is Failing New Mexicans

2015 Aug 03 - KOB - AG to hold first Anti-Crime Review Meeting

Balderas on Civil Rights

"In an interview with KNME's Gwyneth Doland, State Auditor Hector Balderas, who is running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, said he "absolutely" supported gay marriage.

"Absolutely. But more importantly than that, I've been advocating for civil rights for almost all my life," said Balderas. "I'm an attorney, I was a prosecutor that fought hard for victims' rights. So, any type of discrimination in this country really needs to be addressed swiftly.""
– Source: New Mexico Independent, "Gay Marriage" , Aug 1, 2011

Balderas on Health Care

"I applaud the US Senate for rejecting the Blunt Amendment, which was a blatant attack on preventative health services that would limit access to basic women's health care. I strongly oppose any law that allows employers and insurance companies to refuse to cover health care services. Life-saving preventative services are crucial to health and help lower health care costs."
– Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com, "Press" Mar 1, 2012

Balderas on Police

Balderas on Budget and Economy

"Pledging to focus on fiscal responsibility, bringing people together, and creating opportunities for all New Mexicans, Balderas today announced his candidacy for the US Senate.

Balderas, who brought to the Auditor's office a laser-like focus on fiscal accountability in state and local government, said he would bring that same approach to Washington. By working with Democrats and Republicans, Balderas said he would focus on fiscal responsibility so that we can invest in job creation and other programs."
– Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com, "About" Jul 17, 2011

Balderas on MVD

Balderas on Corporations

"As Senator, he will fight to invest in education, small businesses, infrastructure and clean energy. His plan would give tax credits to small businesses that hire veterans and unemployed workers; impose tax penalties on corporations that ship American jobs overseas; help put America back to work by rebuilding our schools, bridges, roads, and tunnels; and give teachers the resources they need to succeed--instead of vilifying them."
– Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, hectorbalderas.com,"Issues" Jan 18, 2012

Balderas on Energy and Oil

"We must close the egregious tax loopholes and subsidies for big corporations that are seeing record profits, like ExxonMobil, at the expense of small businesses."
– Source: Albuquerque Journal, "Oil and Gas Debated" , Dec 4, 2011


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