TRACY PERRY

DEMOCRAT FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 38

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Tracy Perry was born in Freeport, Texas and moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico where she attended elementary, middle and high school. During her time at Alamogordo High School, Tracy excelled at both school and sports and received over 10 scholarship offers to play softball.

Tracy is a single mom of three – Madison (11 years old) Dustin (15 years old) and Makaylee (17 years old) who all attend public school in Las Cruces. In addition to being a single mom, Tracy is a cancer survivor (8 years in remission), which she says has helped give her the strength to be the person she is today. Her strength comes from the obstacles that she has overcome, which is why she believes that we are stronger when we work together.

In her early 20’s, Tracy began her work with children and adults with disabilities. As a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) she developed a passion for working in the healthcare industry as well as working with individuals with disabilities. Her passion for this work has led to a career in the field of developmental disabilities, where she has held jobs as a Job coach, certified employment specialist, billing specialist and service coordinator for adults with disabilities. She is now CEO of Direct Therapy Services which was founded for serving the needs of individuals on the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver as well as the MiVia Waiver and currently provides jobs for over 300 people. Tracy has overseen the expansion of specialized medical services to rural parts of the State that were previously unavailable. As CEO, Tracy has overseen tremendous successes, including a supports waiver for individuals on the waitlist and $10,000,000 of new money to help take people off of the DDW list.

Tracy has been involved and active in her communities, both in Dona Ana and Otero Counties. She sat on the special deputy’s sheriff commission in Dona Ana County. Tracy was recently vetted by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to sit on the ACQ board (Advisory Council on Quality), and is also chair a subcommittee for the ACQ. She sits on many state committees for shareholders on policy, and is the chair for a therapy provider network. Tracy is also an internationally certified electronic search specialist for Project Lifesaver.

"I’m running for State Senate because I do listen, I am a regular person who has experienced the real struggles of life, I am a fighter who won't give up or take no for an answer, and I have the people's best interest at heart. I will work to create an open government where everyone has a right to have their vote heard."

– Tracy Lynn Perry

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Issues


Expanding Access to Healthcare

  • Protecting women’s rights to basic healthcare services has been under attack in New Mexico. In the 2019 Legislative Session, the State Senate voted to uphold an antiquated law which criminalizes healthcare providers for performing an abortion. My number 1 priority will be to overturn that out-of-date law and protect women’s rights
  • As a cancer survivor, I know what it’s like to be burdened by healthcare bills. We can’t wait on Washington D.C any longer – it’s time New Mexico takes the lead in ensuring that all citizens have easily affordable access to the human right of healthcare. I will work diligently on bringing more resources to hospitals, especially in rural areas. We have a unique opportunity to carry the Health Securities Act in order to add doctors in rural areas, expand access to Medicare, and give Veterans better access to the V.A.
  • I have worked in the healthcare industry throughout my adult life – currently as CEO of Direct Therapy Services, a company that supports individuals with disabilities receive the care they need. We provide Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy – all essential needs. I want to see a State that stands up and gives a voice for these individuals.
  • Mental health was under attack by the previous administration in New Mexico. Let’s invest in mental health facilities throughout the State so everyone can get the care they need.
  • It’s time that we stand up for our citizens who need an end of life option. I support SB 193 from the 2019 session to give a humane option to suffering adults.

Creating a Better Public Education

I’m a single mother of 3 – and I see the ups and downs of public education in New Mexico. With a recent economic surplus, we have a unique opportunity to invest in public education. Starting in 2020, I propose that we:

  • Invest money into Early Childhood Education Programs
  • Give teachers a 10% raise in the 2020 and 2021 Legislative Sessions, and ensure a living-wage to ALL educators in New Mexico
  • Fight for stronger retirement, pension, and healthcare plans for all educators
  • Bring after-school programs to every school district in the State, and invest in anti-bullying programs throughout the State so children feel safe
  • Work with the Public Education Department to ensure that children are learning in the classroom – not simply taking tests

Working with our public schools is the best investment that we can make. I believe that every child deserves a quality education, regardless of their zip code.

Protecting Our Environment

From the Gila Wilderness to the Organ Mountains to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico is a place of great natural beauty, where people have come together for generations to celebrate and care for the land and its creatures.  As State Senator I will honor our state’s conservation legacy by fighting to protect our air, land, water, and wildlife while laying the foundation for a healthy and prosperous future for all New Mexicans.

Combatting climate change should be a top priority of the legislature.  Climate change represents the biggest existential threat in society, and New Mexico needs to be at a leader in this crisis.  We are experiencing record high temperatures and deadly dust storms and wildfires. In coming decades, the Rio Grande is expected to lose one-third of its water, warmer winters may wipe out our ski industry, and indigenous species—such as our state tree, the piñon—may disappear.  We must take bold, innovative action. We need a comprehensive approach to leading New Mexico into the future – I’ll fight for policies including:

  • Join the U.S. Climate Alliance, affirming New Mexico’s commitment to the Paris Agreement
  • Build on the recently enacted Energy Transition Act and adopt the nation’s most ambitious energy efficiency standards
  • Establish stringent methane emission standards to reduce harmful pollution and prevent waste
  • Invest in zero-emission vehicles and increase public transportation options.
  • Support the creation a Climate Justice Task Force
  • Create a Carbon Farming Task Force to identify opportunities to increase carbon sequestration in the soil while increasing agricultural yield
  • Improve Groundwater Management and promote water conservation

An Economy that Works for Everyone

As the CEO of Direct Therapy Services, I have helped create hundreds of jobs in the private sector. We have been able to build a thriving company while paying our employees over the State minimum wage. We have done this by securing funding, providing top-notch services to patients, and taking a co-operative approach with our employees. I will take that experience to work with small business owners in the region and across the State to make sure that the lifeblood of our economy – small businesses – have the resources they need to thrive.

Our State deserves better than what we’ve been given in the past. It’s time we invest in ourselves, and our natural resources. Specifically, I will support:

  • Incentives and subsidies for agricultural projects throughout New Mexico
  • Expanded use of natural resources, including wind and solar
  • A living wage of $15/hour for all employees
  • Incentives for projects that attract tourism and revenue, including film
  • A publicly owned State Bank in New Mexico

A Fair and Just Immigration System

District 38 stretches from the heart of Las Cruces all the way near the Mexico border. Every day, we see the positive impact that immigrants have – from the economy to our culture. We must do all we can to retain an immigrant-friendly community and to oppose the unconstitutional actions coming out of Washington, D.C.

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