PUBLISHED: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:16 am
House District 7
Teresa Smith de Cherif
POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
OCCUPATION: Medical doctor
CITY/TOWN OF RESIDENCE: El Cerro de Tomé, Los Lunas
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: After five-year appointment, was
elected to Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District, 2013; won with 2-1 ratio. Wrote friend of the court brief, 13th Judicial District Court, 2008. Governor’s Award, Distinguished Woman of New Mexico, 2009.
EDUCATION: Doctor of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, 2002, with residency in internal medicine at the University of New Mexico, 2002-2005 and specialty training in infectious disease at the University of Miami, 2005-2007. Master of International Affairs and Certificate of the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, 1987. Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Mount Holyoke College, 1983.
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.Teresa4NMStateRep.com, Facebook.com/Teresa Smith de Cherif, MD, for State Representative, NM-7, D
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: My great-grandfather was a copper miner, and I’m proud to be a granddaughter of the Southwest, from a family of 5 generations of Spanish speakers. I’m passionate about making Valencia County prosperous for all who live here. I will vote to raise the minimum wage and will bring capital-outlay and renewable-energy projects for job creation. I’m a doctor who will fight for accessible health care, with a new clinic in our East Mesa. I will support agricultural conservation and historic preservation, balanced with planned growth. I will fight for student-centered and teacher-supportive education, ending invalidated “methods” of teacher evaluation.