Yvette Herrell (R)[i]
City of Las Cruces (City Councilor, District 3); Western Conservation Foundation (Deputy Director of Federal Lands); The Wilderness Society (New Mexico Deputy State Director); New Mexico Wildlife Federation (Director of Community Relations); First Focus (Vice President of Communications); Office of Former US Senator Martin Heinrich (Field Representative); SDS, Inc. (Executive Vice President of Public Relations); Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces (Executive Director); Las Cruces Bulletin (Business Editor); The Round Up (News Editor / Editor-In-Chief)[ii]
BA, New Mexico State University; University of Notre Dame[iii]
Building a Thriving Economy; Affordable, High Quality, Healthcare; Public Lands; Clean Energy & Climate Change; Elections; Reproductive Healthcare; Immigration Reform; Keeping our Communities Safe; Supporting our Veterans; Upholding Ethics in Congress; COVID-19 Pandemic; Respecting Tribal Sovereignty and Investing in Native American Communities[iv]
On the Issues
As a candidate, Vasquez pledge to oppose “any attempt by Republicans in Congress to ban access to abortion, birth control, or to prevent women from having the right to choose.”[v] He has called for codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law.[vi]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
According to his campaign website, to help force “the nation’s largest corporations” to “pay their fair share,” Vasquez advocates for “raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, supporting workers’ right to organize and join a union, passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, increasing support for our small businesses, and repealing the Trump tax cuts for the wealthiest one-percent.” He has also said that he supports tax cuts for “working families.”[vii] Additionally, he has called for greater investment in child care and extending the Child Tax Credit.[viii]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
A self-proclaimed supporter of a public option, Vasquez has advocated for “adding dental and vision benefits,” lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 55, and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices to lower costs.[ix] He has pledged to “protect” Social Security, and he has expressed opposition to privatizing the program.[x] [xi]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Vasquez has charged that the US immigration system is “broken,” and to fix it has called for protecting DREAMers, providing a permanent pathway to citizenship, and “ensuring we have a safe and secure border.”[xii] He has expressed opposition to a wall at the southern border, as well as family separation policies.[xiii] [xiv]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
According to his campaign website, Vasquez supports a variety of law enforcement reforms, including raising “standards of training, increase[ing] accountability for police misconduct, and combat[ting] systemic racism while also respecting the hardworking men and women who are upholding the law.” He has expressed opposition to defunding police departments, instead calling for increasing police budgets, and has said he supported ending federal private prison contracts.[xv] [xvi]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Vasquez has warned that the right to vote “is being threatened by politicians who want to prevent eligible Americans from voting, strip the ability to oversee our elections from non-partisan election officials, and allow partisan politicians to overturn valid election results if they want a different outcome.” To preserve election integrity, he said he will “fight to protect every eligible American’s right to cast a ballot and have their votes counted and to make sure that, when the votes are counted, the will of the people prevails.”[xvii]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
During the campaign, Vasquez pledged to conserve New Mexico lands, water, and wildlife, as well as help transition the US to clean energy resources, including wind and solar energy. [xx] In January 2021, he expressed support for stopping the Keystone pipeline, as well as oil and gas leasing on federal lands.[xxi] He has also advocated for “electrifying our homes, cars, and businesses". [xxii]
A self-described “hunter and responsible gun owner,” Vasquez has expressed support for criminal background checks on all gun sales. Notably, when recently asked if he supported banning military-style semi-automatic weapons, Vasquez replied that he stood “strongly in support of the Second Amendment” and “strongly in support of common-sense reforms that keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals who would seek to do harm or lack the responsibility to own firearms.”[xxiii] [xxiv] [xxv]
Vasquez has said that he stands with Ukraine and has praised President Biden’s foreign policy approach, tweeting, “It’s refreshing to see a President who leads by example, acts aggressively to protect our allies, and doesn’t cower to dictators.”[xxvi] [xxvii]
[ii] Gabe Vasquez LinkedIn, accessed November 10, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabe-vasquez-06a20b13/.
[iii] Gabe Vasquez LinkedIn, accessed November 10, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabe-vasquez-06a20b13/.
[vi] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, June 30, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1542517729298591746.
[viii] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, March 1, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1498850711123243008.
[x] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, August 15, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1559291828062470144.
[xi] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, October 26, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1585446910055399424/.
[xiii] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, April 12, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1381621096965791745.
[xiv] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, October 17, 2018, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1052748162543247360.
[xvi] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, January 27, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1354484720793317378.
[xviii] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, August 27, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1563665154327212032.
[xix] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, November 19, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1461790611678408711.
[xxi] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, January 27, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1354484857741529088.
[xxiii] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, June 22, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1539685842888921088.
[xxiv] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, October 7, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1578423154120065032.
[xxv] “Q&A: 2nd Congressional District Democratic Candidate Gabe Vasquez,” Albuquerque Journal, May 11, 2022, available at https://www.abqjournal.com/2497472/qa-2nd-congressional-district-democratic-candidate-gabe-vasquez.html.
[xxvi] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, February 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1496967319033192455?s=20&t=SglwTtTwdjOInvdblCxIdw.
[xxvii] Gabe Vasquez Twitter, March 1, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Gabe_NM/status/1498846455250907139?s=20&t=Py9JVZyXvQpySm00ZgMJ0w.