Candidate Profile
Michelle Garcia Holmes

Republican , New Mexico

Biography

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I am pro life.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

We must do a critical review with the best economic minds to work on this issue, with the goal of protecting the fund so our seniors can feel assured their benefits are sustainable. Add steps to the cap on contributions. I also believe earned social security benefits should not be taxed at the state level, double taxation of these benefits is egregious.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

A critical review of departments needs to be done in order to balance the budget. Departments like the Department of Education would be a good place to start. I believe we do not need a department that large to over see education, each individual state should carry that responsibility.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

Taxpayers should NOT be responsible to pay off existing student loans.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Separation of church and state.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

We need to have consumer choice in the healthcare industry, I believe in free-market health care and in patient centered alternatives that allow for greater customer portability. Clear and concise costs should be provided by the healthcare provider, giving individuals the opportunity to compare. We suffer from a lack of health care providers in New Mexico, so we need options like being able to cross the state boundaries to see healthcare providers in nearby states.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

The top three things we can do: *Have a strong well funded and well trained military. *Maintain close relationships with our allies. *Support a functional intelligence community that cross-communicates. *Make every effort to secure our border and provide appropriate funding to ICE


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Persons who come here legally and who are willing to legally apply for citizenship and visas. People who are willing to fulfill the requirements to become a US Citizen. We need fair and effective solutions to our immigration system.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

No Answer   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Christian. Follower of Jesus Christ.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Please visit my webpage @ www.garciaholmes4congress.com There also numerous videos online where I represent my conservative views.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Michelle Garcia Holmes is a wife, mother, & grandmother. She was born and raised in Albuquerque. She has a Bachelor of Science from Wayland Baptist University. She is the only candidate with 30 years of public safety experience and she served 20 years with the Albuquerque Police Department and is a retired Crimes Against Children Detective. Michelle also served 8 years as the former Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, where she worked on budget, legislation, and the creation of the very first Government Corruption Unit. Michelle is married to Earl Holmes and is presently a Chaplain with IFOC and a blue star mother. Michelle is running to defeat, our current Representative, Deb Haaland, in November. Haaland is not representing the needs or values of New Mexicans. Our campaign is a grassroots campaign, it is a we the people, for the people, by the people oriented campaign. New Mexico needs someone in congress who will work for the people.


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

No changes need to be made to our 2nd amendment.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

No Answer   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. Born-Alive Abortion Survivor bill that would mandate that care be provided to babies that survive an abortion. 2. Immigration Reform 3. National Debt and Social Security reform.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • Wayland Baptist University, Albuquerque, BS, 2001
Work & Military
  • Commisioned Police Officer, Detective, 30
  • NM Attorney General's Office, Chief of Staff, 8
Affiliations
  • Calvary Church, Volunteer
  • Last Chance Ministry, Volunteer
  • IFOC, Senior Chaplain
  • Federated Republican Women, Member
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Member
Offices
  • Lt. Governor, Sought 2018
  • Mayor, Sought 2016
 

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