Q&A: Bernalillo County Commission District 5 Republican Candidate Judy Young

NAME: Judy Young

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

OCCUPATION: Retired from writing a $92 million grant from the University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Center, educator, promoter, advisor, etc. Currently Agent for Advancing Quality of Life in Bernalillo County

TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Grants Writer for UNM; partnered with Deputy Chief of Police Phil Chacon to launch the first publicly funded domestic violence program, which was later adopted by every state in the United States; worked with Frank Crosby to launch the first Home Show and Sports Show in New Mexico, representing and promoting thousands of small businesses; worked at the South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility and the MDC; worked as a counselor and educator for high-risk teens in Houston

EDUCATION: West Texas A&M undergraduate; Master’s degree from Columbia University; post-masters University of New Mexico

AGE: 73

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: youngbernco.com

1. What is the top priority in your district and how would you address it as County Commissioner?

Firmly push back against crime by: 1. Fully supporting all law enforcement agencies. 2. Engage all law enforcement agencies to work cooperatively. 3. End the sanctuary status of drugs and crime by implementing a strict Metropolitan Detention Center policy. 4. Implement a policy to protect the lawful and impose consequences for the illegal.

2. Under what circumstances, if any, would you support a tax increase? And what types, if any, would you support?

I will only support lowering taxes by cutting fat to increase efficiency and limit government spending.

3. What do you think should be the top three priorities for capital projects in the county?

For all of Bernalillo County: 1. Youth Detention Center Renovation. 2. New Sheriff’s Substation across from the current Call Center on Paseo del Norte. For Bernalillo County District 5: a gymnasium in the Cedar Crest/Tijeras area.

4. What, if any, do you think the county should do differently in how it manages and uses the behavioral health tax?

Behavioral health issues and homelessness go hand in hand. Campus model of efficient triage and processing of each category. Refer to #8.

5. What role, if any, should the county commission play in advising the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office on matters related to public safety.

I believe the commission can and should have a good cohesive relationship to effectively resolve issues for the public good. Any motivation must be centered on the public good and not on self-interest.

6. What are your ideas for improving the conditions of employees and inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center?

Inmates: Programming for inmates with strict supervision and a follow-up release plan is the most important step in reducing recidivism in my direct experience with the penal system. Employees: Strict supervision to prevent the entry of drugs and/or contraband into the establishment. Employees are treated with the utmost respect through implemented incentive programs. Relaxation advice and exercise programs available.

7. How would you work to improve Bernalillo County’s economy?

I will never close businesses. I will do the exact opposite by: 1. Lowering taxes; 2. Get rid of bureaucracy (eliminate big government!) and make government business friendly. 3. Create more jobs (pay people to work, not stay home!!) 4. Limit government spending

8. What specific strategies do you have to reduce homelessness?

Caring for the homeless while protecting the integrity of the neighborhood. Sort the homeless and treat each category accordingly: 1. Criminals who hide in plain sight. 2. Mentally ill; 3. Drug addict; 4. Criminal mental patient; 5. Situational (the only category that is truly homeless by definition); 6. Dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse self-medication).

Personal history

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been subject to any state or federal tax liens?

No.

2. Have you ever been involved in personal or commercial bankruptcy proceedings?

No.

3. Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a DUI, misdemeanor, or felony in New Mexico or any other state? If yes, explain.

No.

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