There are many other real estate groups in New Mexico, but none of these groups ever appear before city councils and the State Legislature to lobby on behalf of the rental housing industry in New Mexico; just AANM. When it comes to protecting your interests, we are the only organization in New Mexico that aggressively speaks on your behalf. Our legislative advocacy is not easily visible, but as you will see below, our record speaks for itself.
When you join AANM you automatically become a member of the National Apartment Association (NAA). NAA, in partnership with the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), maintains a full multi-million dollar legislative operation that monitors federal legislative activity and proactively advocate our industries interests with Congress and the various federal regulatory agencies.
The above are highlights of just some of our accomplishments. Negative legislation affecting the rental housing industry is constantly popping up throughout our State. Without AANM’s vigilance in monitoring, reviewing, drafting, and negotiating alternatives, who knows what the operating environment would be like for property owners?
This committee is responsible for reviewing and developing legislation and community relations that affect the multi-housing industry within the State of New Mexico and at the local level. Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the AANM office. This committee's voting members are appointed by the AANM Board of Directors. With the exception of executive sessions, any AANM member is welcome to attend a GAC Meeting.
In the Spring of 2014, AANM formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) to act in a non-partisan way to promote the interested of the rental housing industry. The PAC raises funds primarily through a voluntary special assessment with the annual dues for the organization. A portion of the voluntary special assessment is allocated to the PAC each year and reported as it is paid, in accordance with state laws governing campaign finance reporting. The Government Affairs Committee serves as the Board for the PAC and approves all donations to candidates' campaigns. If you are interested in donating to the AANM PAC, please contact the PAC Treasurer.
The Apartment Association of New Mexico has employed a registered lobbyist since 2005 to help us advocate for the rental housing industry in the state. In light of the property tax issues of 2010, the AANM Board of Directors increased those responsibilities to include county and local coverage. Late in 2011, through a voluntary special assessment of AANM membership, we brought on an additional lobbyist. We invite you to learn more about Randy and Joe, both advocating for your interests in the rental industry.
Randy has a broad government affairs background with more than 18 years’ experience in New Mexico legislative activities. He is a persuasive individual possessing strong negotiation skills, as well as oral and written communication skills. He is resourceful with the ability to assess issues to adequately position client and complete project producing professional results while adhering to ridged deadlines.
Prior to his career as a lobbyist, Randy was Executive Director for the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, Senior Planner with the environmental engineering firm of Espey, Huston and Senior Planner and Chairman of the City of Albuquerque Development Review Board. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree from Oklahoma State University (’77) and Masters of Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma (’79).
Randy owns Traynor Associates, LLC with his wife Debbie. His other clients include Western Association of New Mexico, New Mexico Dental Hygienists Association, NAIOP: The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, New Mexico Home Builders Association, New Mexico State Association of Health Underwriters, Builders Trust of New Mexico, New Mexico Entertainment & Digital Industry Association.
With over 15 years of experience in New Mexico government and politics, Joe Thompson is a leading provider of government relations, strategic counsel, and public affairs services in the state. Thompson served as General Counsel for Lieutenant Governor Walter Bradley from 1995 to 1996, and as Bradley’s Chief of Staff from 1996 to 1997. In 1998, Thompson worked as Special Counsel to Governor Gary Johnson, where he served as the chief lobbyist in support of the Governor’s legislative agenda.
In 1998, Thompson was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, where he quickly ascended to the position of Minority Whip. Thompson served three terms in the House, retiring in 2004. While in the State Legislature, Thompson received high marks for his bipartisan approach to public policy making.
Since 2005, Thompson has led a consulting firm in Albuquerque that specializes in government relations, issues management, coalition-building, strategic communications, corporate affairs, and executive counsel. His past and present clients include: Gerald Peters, City of Albuquerque, University of New Mexico, Jemez Pueblo, National Rifle Association, Unser Racing Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Town of Clayton, Union County, Century Bank, New Mexico Optometric Association, ValueOptions, National Atomic Museum, Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, Amy Biehl Charter School, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Tesuque Pueblo, Santa Fe Properties, Pitney Bowes, Cuidando Los Ninos, UST Public Affairs, UBS, SunCal, New Mexico Renewables, Indian Arts Institute of America, Equality New Mexico, and Pre-K Now.
Randy and Joe participate in the AANM Government Affairs Committee to provide guidance and insight to the legislative process for our industry.
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