In 2017, New Mexico is number one nationwide for poverty, and poverty is at the center of our issues. At the core of who I am is my experience as the youngest of 10 children who grew up in rural poverty. I was blessed by having two loving, dedicated, and hard-working parents. While they struggled and we did not have material things, we never lacked for love, health care, or social connectedness. Still that experience formed my sensitivity to the effects of poverty today and gives me a burning desire to make positive changes for others.
Children and adults who live in poverty today often experience isolation, hunger, lower educational attainment, poor health, and crime, which are passed to the next generation. This cycle can begin with isolation and lead to discontentment, despair, hopelessness, high rates of unemployment, high rates of indigence, and drug and alcohol use. I am optimistic, and I know that working together we can break that cycle.
I will work to maintain and build strong communities where we can find solutions. All are welcome when community matters. Throughout District 33 our history and our diversity of heritages help keep us grounded and melded together. Our friends, neighbors, churches, and governing bodies form community and lift our spirits. We can observe or take part in fiestas and celebrations and feel connected to the present and the past through the dances, songs, foods and rituals handed down to us through the generations. As a people, seeing where we come from helps us to know where we can go. Like our ancestors, we look at our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and imagine the generations of the future so that we can take action today to secure their futures. It is community that will combat isolation. Talking with each other and listening to each other will lead us to solutions.
As your Representative, I will listen and I will work to make laws and policies based on our communities’ discussions.
I will help small and large businesses by supporting the sound economic conditions that will provide the jobs we need.
I am Mary Martinez White. I have a passion and a vision for District 33 and New Mexico. I am a worker, and a doer, and I rise up to state my commitment to work tirelessly for community, for District 33, and for our beloved New Mexico.