The restaurant industry isn’t just about serving food—it’s a cornerstone of New Mexico’s cultural fabric and economic health. Through active participation in elections, stakeholders in the restaurant sector can advocate for policies that bolster local business resilience, promote sustainable practices, and foster the state’s broader prosperity. Here’s why these elections are crucial:

Supporting Responsible Practices

The restaurant industry has a significant role to play in responsible practices that benefit both businesses and the community. By participating in the elections, restaurateurs can influence policies that promote responsible practices:

  • Health and Safety Standards: Advocacy for robust health and safety regulations ensures that restaurants maintain high standards. This not only protects patrons but also enhances the industry’s reputation.
  • Community Engagement: Restaurants are community hubs. Policies that encourage community engagement—such as partnerships with local schools, food banks, or cultural events—strengthen ties and contribute to a thriving community.

Advocacy on Key Industry Issues

The 2024 elections provide an opportunity to address critical industry challenges. Here are two key topics that deserve attention:

  • Alcohol Taxes: The restaurant industry relies on alcohol sales. Advocacy against excessive alcohol taxes ensures that restaurants can continue to serve patrons without undue financial burden. Supporting candidates who understand the delicate balance between revenue generation and affordability is crucial.
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML): PFML policies impact both employees and employers. Advocacy for well-designed PFML legislation—one that considers the unique needs of small businesses—ensures that restaurants can support their workforce while maintaining operational viability.

Tourism and Hospitality Enhancement

New Mexico’s enchanting landscapes, rich history, and diverse cuisine attract tourists from around the globe. By engaging in the elections, the restaurant industry can advocate for policies that enhance tourism and hospitality:

  • Infrastructure Investment: Well-maintained roads, scenic byways, and reliable public transportation benefit both locals and visitors. Supporting candidates who prioritize infrastructure ensures seamless travel experiences.
  • Marketing and Promotion: Effective marketing campaigns draw tourists to local eateries. Advocacy for state-funded promotional efforts—highlighting culinary trails, food festivals, and unique dining experiences—boosts restaurant visibility.
  • Workforce Development: A skilled hospitality workforce is essential. Policies that invest in training programs, apprenticeships, and culinary education create a talent pool that elevates New Mexico’s dining scene.

Remember, your involvement matters, and by participating in the 2024 elections, you contribute to a brighter future for New Mexico. Thank you for your dedication to making a positive difference in our state!