2018 New Mexico Governor Candidate Guide

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) vs Steve Pearce (R)

Governor | Election | Nov 10, 2020

The Candidates

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Democrat

Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

Republican

The Issues

Campaign Finance

Require political ads to disclose largest funders? Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Climate Change

Consider climate change a serious threat?

Steve Pearce (R)

No. In 2010 said Intergovernmental Panel, which measured climate change, “doesn’t even believe the crap.”

Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

Contraception

Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

No. Access to free contraception essential “regardless of employer’s religious beliefs.”

Courts

Support Judge Kavanaugh nomination? [before recent controversies]

Economy

Support Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Education

Increase funding for K-12 education?

Provide publicly funded vouchers to help pay for private schools?

Increase funding for higher education?

Gay Rights

Support gay marriage?

Gun Laws

Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Healthcare

Support or Repeal ACA, aka Obamacare?

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

Supports ACA, voted against repeal. Protect & strengthen Medicaid.

Steve Pearce (R)

“Repeal & replace.” Voted for repeal.

Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Immigration

Support DREAM Act (DACA), allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Steve Pearce (R)

Yes. On DACA, proposed 10-year “conditional protected status” with option to renew but no path to citizenship. Supports guest worker program, without amnesty.

Labor

Enact right-to-work law, preventing unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

No, opposes.

Steve Pearce (R)

Yes, supports.

Marijuana

Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Minimum Wage

Raise state hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Net Neutrality

Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Steve Pearce (R)

No. Net neutrality rules “undermine the free marketplace.”

President Trump

Percentage of major votes supporting Trump’s positions?

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

Voted 25% with Trump as of October 1.

Steve Pearce (R)

Voted 90% with Trump as of October 1.

Renewable Energy

Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Taxes

Support President Trump’s tax cuts?

Voting Rights

Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements even if they prevent some people from voting?