John is a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer, and Retired Federal Employee with a proven record of success.  John wants all New Mexicans to have the opportunity to live, work and thrive in a safe and productive state.  As your State Senator, John will work tirelessly to reduce crime, reduce taxes, eliminate wasteful spending, reform education, and protect the state permanent fund.

John was born in Virginia but has made New Mexico his home for over 36 years with his wife Deborah of over 23 years. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Idaho. He loves New Mexico and understands the many challenges that have held New Mexico back for almost 90 years. John is dedicated to making New Mexico a safer, job ready and prosperous, business friendly state.  



The New Mexico public school system currently has failed New Mexico students. John would propose legislation to improve our education system by holding school districts accountable for failed results. We need to overhaul New Mexicos educational system to make our children more successful by providing vocational education to the level of apprenticeship certification at graduation for all New Mexico High School Students to make them job ready upon graduation. This will help to reduce dropout rates, attract industry, and make students self-reliant.



Everyone in New Mexico deserves to live in safe neighborhoods without the fear of violent criminals roaming our communities. John would propose stricter penalties for violent offenders and to Stop the Revolving Door of Catch and Release.  John will enforce current state laws and regulations to end sanctuary/immigration-friendly cities and counties and hold those responsible for sheltering illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.


The Economy:

In the senate, John will propose legislation to make New Mexico a more prosperous business-friendly state by eliminating burdensome regulations, eliminating wasteful spending, implementing a Taxpayers Bill of Rights eliminate corporate taxes, and eliminate taxes on social security benefits. These actions will incentivize corporations to do business in New Mexico and incentivize individuals to stay and /or relocate to New Mexico.



As a prolife candidate, John stands against late term and after-birth abortions. They are, in his view, murder and civil rights violations. Abortion should be rare. New Mexico law should be amended to require a parent of a minor child to be notified before an abortion can be performed, and that he supports 48-hour waiting periods and ultrasounds on the pregnant mother before abortions, and that women considering abortions should be provided all alternatives to abortions.


COVID-19 Reopening:

As we near the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to take every precaution to protect the health of our citizens, as well as to protect our economic health. But our elected leadership, including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, has failed to present a workable plan to safely reopen New Mexico. John has proposed a clear and reasonable plan to phase in a re-opening of businesses.

John is running to make New Mexico a more prosperous state to live, work and raise a family.

  • Make New Mexico a business-friendly-state eliminate over burdensome regulations

  • Taxpayers Bill of Rights - to increase the tax base without increasing taxes.

  • Simplify and Reduce the Gross Receipt Tax or replace with a State Sales Tax.

  • Eliminate taxes on Social Security benefits without raising taxes on other income-incentivize retires stay and/or relocate to NM.

  • Eliminate Wasteful Spending to keep taxes down.  

  • Partner with the Oil and Gas Industry the cornerstone of our state sovereign fund-Will prevent the fund from being raided.

  • Develop viable renewable energy   

  • Develop a 21st Century Broadband infrastructure throughout the state to drive business opportunities

Paid for by Morton for New Mexico,  Deborah V. Morton, Treasurer






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Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Freedom 

Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom



John's Safe, Reasonable Plan To Reopen NM:

As we near the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to take every precaution to protect the health of our citizens, as well as to protect our economic health. But our elected leadership, including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, has failed to present a workable plan to safely reopen New Mexico.


What is needed now is a clear plan to reopen the state safely and rescue our state’s economy.

The governor should be directed by the legislature to immediately present a plan to get our beleaguered and battered economy back on track. To that end, I present the following guidelines for a phased reopening:

It’s important to identify and protect the most vulnerable of the state’s population, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems, while we begin to reopen New Mexico’s economy. This virus was not the extinction-level event that we were led to believe. We must provide support and resources to those most susceptible to the virus.

Many states have already or are in the process of lifting COVID-19 restrictions using the federal government’s guidelines and New Mexico should be no different. We need to stop using terms like “essential” vs. “non-essential,” because all workers are essential when it comes to putting food on the table for their families. Rather, we should be using terms such as whether something is safe or unsafe when reopening the economy.


We, as a state would be better off to reopen the economy now safely to ensure economic prosperity rather than making our residents further dependent on another government program. The longer we wait to reopen, the greater danger of taking New Mexico further and further into the abyss.

The governor, by June 1, 2020, should begin to fully reopen the state’s economy following the guidelines listed below and with the following exceptions.

Restaurants, retail establishments, churches, and movie theaters, by June 1, 2020, should be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity of facilities with social distancing. By June 30, 2020, 50% of capacity and by July 15, 2020, restaurants, retail establishments, churches, and movie theaters should be back to 100% of capacity..



Morton For New Mexico

P.O. Box 20123

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87154

Paid for by Morton For New Mexico, 

Deborah V. Morton Treasurer


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P.O Box 20123
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87154
(505) 220-3484
Campaign Email:  mortonfornm@gmail.com

(505) 220-3484

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