Carolyn Dawn Provencher
, Democrat for state House of Representatives District 56, said recently that if elected, she
would work to create an environment that would entice its young people to stay in the state, and would make education, alternative energy and increased services for veterans and retirees priorities.Provencher
, a resident of La Luz, is unopposed in the Democratic primary for District 56.Incumbent Rep.
...A counselor at Cloudcroft High School, Provencher, 49, also is a part-time faculty member at New Mexico State University and NMSU-Alamogordo where she teaches social work.A licensed social worker, she holds a master's degrees in social work and education.
Originally from Georgia, Provencher
served there on the White County Board of Health
and the White County Child Fatality Review Board
in the late 1990s.She has worked as a child protective services investigator for the states of Georgia and Texas, and as a private practice mental health therapist.She also worked for the Georgia Mental Health Institute as director of a community-based residential program for adult-male offenders with mental health issues.Provencher
said New Mexico ranks low compared with other states in terms of livability but can improve because of its favorable climate and natural beauty.
"We're not being proactive enough to capitalize on what our state has to offer," she
said."I want anything that will bring New Mexico up in comparison with the other 49 states."As a legislator, she
would work to increase services for veterans and to attract a veterans clinic to the state.Provencher
also would work to get more services for seniors including support for senior centers and education courses about issues such as the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.Provencher
said that teachers have been "running themselves ragged" trying to meet federal No Child Left Behind requirements and that more teaching time is needed to meet those standards.
"We've got to make sure that our students are equipped with what they need to meet those mandates," she
said the state also should take advantage of its ample solar and wind resources.
"This state should be the leader in terms of alternative energy," she
said."We've got wind.We've got sun."She
said New Mexico must manage its scarce water supplies with meaningful conservation and the best available technology, and she
recommended that a desalination plant be built for non-potable groundwater in the Tularosa Basin.
To fight the youth gang problem in New Mexico, Provencher
would work as a legislator to put more after-school programs in place.
"We've got to provide these young people with something positive to do," she
To combat the methamphetamine problem, she
favors restricting the sale of over-the-counter medicine used to produce meth.Provencher
background in social work and education make her
the best candidate in the District 56 race.
"I know how to ask questions.I know how to gather information.I can advocate and solve problems with input from other people," she
"I'm proud I'm not a career politician," she