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Victor Reyes Hosts Virtual Town Hall in NM-1
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- On Wednesday night, Democratic candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District Victor Reyes hosted a virtual town hall to talk with NM-1 voters about the issues most important to them and discuss what his top agenda priorities will be once elected. Reyes took live questions from the audience on a variety of topics impacting New Mexico. Here are some highlights:
On the Cannabis Legalization Bill, Reyes spoke not only of the importance of legalizing recreational marijuana, but including important social justice provisions, including expungement of records, cannabis worker protections, and the inclusion of tribal communities in the prosperity of the business, which is predominantly white.
“Legalizing recreational cannabis is a priority for us to be able to achieve new economic opportunities for the people of our state,” said Reyes. We are a state that is primed to be a leader in cannabis. We must pass federal legislation to legalize cannabis, but also includes key social justice provision within it that includes the expungement of offenses for cannabis crimes and making sure that any piece of legislation has clear worker protections embedded within it to make sure that the dignity of employment within the cannabis industry is subpar.”
On the minimum wage, Reyes touched on the importance of paying all workers a living wage and holding Democrats accountable for halting the $15 minimum wage amendment proposed in recent COVID-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan.
“We need to make sure that we are raising the minimum wage and making sure that we are providing a living wage for every single American in this country. We cannot afford to wait to do this. I am disappointed in the Democratic Senators who voted against including that within the COVID proposal. We as a nation, as Democrats should be disappointed. We have every right to feel that way.”
On immigration, Victor discussed his own family's immigrant roots and expressed disappointment in the Biden administration’s actions of continuing to separate immigrant families at the border.
“I want to take this opportunity to share just how disappointed I am in President Biden and the administration to date. We have not done enough when it comes to ending the family separation and the Stay in Mexico policies. I want you to know as a member of Congress I will not be afraid of taking on whoever it takes, whether it be someone from our own party, whether it be the President of the United State, if it means fighting for immigration reform. The fight for comprehensive immigration reform is a fight for the morality of our country.”
On Saturday, Bernalillo County Democrats will host their County Central Committee meeting to elect State Central Committee members, who will, in turn, vote to elect the NM-1 Democratic nominee. The race continues to heat up as Rep. Deb Haaland has secured the necessary GOP votes to be confirmed as Secretary of the Interior. Reyes has received endorsements from Rep. Ritchie Torres, Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. David Cicilline, Equality PAC, the LGBTQ Victory Fund, and local leaders across New Mexico. Watch the full town hall here.
To learn more about Victor Reyes and his campaign, please visit victorreyes.org.
Friday, March 12, 2021