“Gabe is running for Congress to be a champion for working families and to build an economy that benefits everyone. Gabe will do this by creating high-quality, good-paying jobs, helping New Mexico families deal with the rising cost of living, ensuring all New Mexicans have access to affordable and high-quality health care, combating climate change, and conserving public lands and natural resources to capitalize on the district’s growing outdoor recreation economy. Gabe believes that the work doesn’t stop until all New Mexicans have meaningful opportunities to raise happy, healthy families and pass on their traditions to future generations. Gabe is committed to fighting for you in Congress”
From Gabe for Congress Website
Gabe is a first-generation American who grew up in the borderlands and saw his mother work hard every day to support his family. She showed him the value of hard work and the struggle that it takes to achieve the American Dream. As the first in his family to be born in the United States, he’s made the most of his opportunity and has worked hard to makemade a positive difference in his community and in the lives of others. Growing up, Gabe lived on both sides of the border and spent much of his time in his Grandfather’s grandfather’s TV repair shop in the Chaveña Neighborhood neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez. He saw firsthand the important cross-border connections and relationships that support families and businesses in New Mexico.
In 2017, he Vasquez was elected to the Las Cruces City Council, defeating the Chair of the local Tea Party with over 70% of the vote. In this role, Gabe delivered millions of dollars in investment to create and improve parks, updated the district’s infrastructure, promoted policy that created thousands of jobs, and helped craft a comprehensive development plan that focused on lifting families out of poverty. In prior years, Gabe served aswas the executive director of the Las Cruces Hispano Chamber of Commerce, represented Sen. Martin Heinrich as his Southwest district representative, worked in public lands conservation, and as a policy advocate promoting child welfare and family wellbeing at the federal level.
ON THE ISSUES:
Important issues for Gabe include the following: (from campaign website https://www.gabeforcongress.com)
• Supports policies that cut taxes on working families while lowering the cost of healthcare, childcare, and utilities
• Climate change is a threat- we’re already seeing its impact in the forms of increasingly severe weather, drought, and wildfire. …I’ll encourage a transition to clean energy like wind and solar…
• I will oppose any attempt by Republicans….to ban access to abortion, birth control, or to prevent women from having the right to choose.
• We must reform our immigration system to protect DREAMERS and provide hard-working families with a permanent path to citizenship, while ensuring we have a safe and secure border.
• I will work every day to invest inn veterans and improve the management of veterans’ services that has created challenges in trying to access the services we promised them, especially in rural New Mexico and Native American communities.
• Everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their communicates communities and when they interact with law enforcement….Police…. Police reform, not police defunding, is the right way to move forward.
• Understanding and upholding tribal sovereignty is absolutely necessary, in addition to respecting and honoring the government-to-government relationship that exists between New Mexico’s Native American communities and the federal government. From Vasquez’s campaign website
POLITICS IN NEW MEXICO + IN THE DISTRICT
The district’s residents are 55% Hispanic and 5.5% Native American. It has historically been a Republican stronghold, but redistricting has made the district competitive, moving from Trump+12 to Biden+6. This is the first term for incumbent Yvette Herrell, whose website claims that she “believes strongly” in the Right right to Life life and Second Amendment. She is a strong supporter of the oil and gas industry and of securing our southern border. Herrell’s race in 2020 was one of the most expensive in the country and she has already been identified as one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the 2022 elections. This is expected to be equally as expensive a race.