For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Contact: Alex Eubanks
Long-time Child Advocate Running to Improve Education, Meet Needs of Children
ALBUQUERQUE--Former state representative and long-time advocate for children Elizabeth Thomson on Tuesday formally filed nominating petitions to secure a place on the ballot for her campaign to again represent the families of District 24 in the New Mexico Legislature.
“I am running because our state has no time to waste in turning things around for our children,” said Thomson. “We must challenge the status quo to make real progress in supporting future generations of New Mexicans. As your Representative, I will fight to ensure that a quality public education--including early childhood education--is available to every child in this state. I will also work to address the underlying issues--such as poverty and lack of behavioral health care--that cause our state’s poor performance in education.”
Throughout her career as a pediatric physical therapist helping children overcome physical disabilities, and her 17 years on the board of the New Mexico Autism Society, Thomson has proven that with passion and tenacity, we can make progress on the issues that matter most to our families.
In the House, Thomson earned a reputation for never giving up. She garnered statewide praise for her efforts to strengthen penalties for repeat DWI offenders to keep our children and families safe.
More information about Liz and the campaign can be found at www.lizthomson.org, on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1U5aYRg and on Twitter by following @lizthomsonnm.
Background: Elizabeth, “Liz,” a long-time advocate for children, served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2013-2014 and dedicated her work in the House to improving the lives of New Mexico children and families.
Having worked for more than 30 years as a pediatric physical therapist, Liz is a strong advocate for education. She believes that a good education for all of our children—including universal early childhood education—is the best way to move our state from the bottom of the list in categories like poverty and employment.
Liz is running to be a voice for those who frequently have no voice in the political process—children, families and people with disabilities. Having an adult son with autism inspired Liz to serve 17 years on the Board of the New Mexico Autism Society and allowed her to bring a unique perspective to the Legislature that has been missing.
As our next Representative in District 24, Liz will continue her work on education, keeping our families safe by tightening DWI penalties, and repairing our badly damaged behavioral health system.
Liz received the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Legislative Champion Award, New Mexico Disability Coalition Star, and Speaker of the House Advocacy Award in 2014. In 2015, a Partners in Policymaking award was named the "Liz Thomson Award for Advocacy,” and she was the first recipient.
Liz moved to New Mexico at the age of 8, attended public schools and received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of New Mexico. She is the mother of two adult sons and has one grandson. She lives in Albuquerque with her adult son with autism and her husband of 30 years.