NM State Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton

NM State Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton “Some people are concerned about being important, we can all be important,... I have chosen to be a public servant rather than be important" - Sheryl

Sheryl Williams Stapleton is from the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and came to New York as a young girl in a family seeking better educational opportunities for their children. She attended schools in New York through high school coming to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces for her undergraduate studies. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 and continued with a Masters Degree in Multicultural Education in 1987. Her love for education continued as she earned another advanced degree as an Education Administrator in 1990 and currently is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of New Mexico in Educational Leadership. As a practicing educator, Sheryl has been a teacher at Zia and Wilson Middle Schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools district, an Assistant Principal at the Career Enrichment Center, Coordinator of the Schools to Careers program, and now the APS Carl Perkins Project Director and Coordinator of Career and Technical Education. She holds a K-12 New Mexico teaching credential with endorsements in Social Studies and Bi-lingual Education and a Level III K-12 Administrative License, a Professional K-12 Specialty Area License, a Level 111B PreK-12 Administrative License, a Level 111 Instructional Leader License, and a PreK-12 Specialty Area License. Her life-long career as an educator is one of the reasons she has become well known as a champion for public schools, teachers, and their students. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of all students—particularly minority students and students who face the many challenges brought on by poverty. “I have fought hard for children and young people. The measure of success is not just a score on a test, but it is measured by how we as adults encourage them to succeed” Sheryl Williams Stapleton She brings this same commitment to others in District 19, working to improve their lives by supporting additional programs that provide better access to health care, improving public safety, helping working families, promoting small business, assisting seniors and people with disabilities, and giving people a voice in their communities and the state. Sheryl has always believed that the role of an educator and public servant is to help others—her professional and political career are shining examples of this ethic and she is a state legislator who truly understands that her job is to represent those who have placed their trust in her. “As a young girl coming from the Caribbean, I have always been impressed by the JFK quote; ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, it’s what you can do for your country’. I believe that we should ask not what people can do for you, but what you can do for the people. Sheryl Williams Stapleton Since her election in 1995, her dedication to the community and her state are impressive. She has served as both the Vice Chair and Chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party and has been the Vice President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs. She was chosen as an Elector to the Electoral College attending the Democratic National Convention six times as a delegate including twice as a delegate for President Clinton, once each for Al Gore and John Kerry, and most recently for President Obama. Sheryl has been a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators for sixteen years, where she continues to serve and was one of the first chosen in our state to provide leadership to the Office to Support Obama in New Mexico. She currently sits on the national Democratic Committee. Currently she has serve as a Commissioner for the Education Commission of the States and is a member of the Education Committee of the National Council of State Legislators as well as a representative on the Transportation Committee of the Council of State Governments. At home in New Mexico, she has served eight terms as the Representative for District 19 and serves on the Education, Labor and Human Resources, and Rules and Order of Business legislative committees. During the interim between legislative sessions, Sheryl is an advisory member of the following committees; Legislative Education Study, Courts, Corrections and Justice, and the New Mexico Finance Authority. She is also a member of the Minimum Wage Subcommittee. She was a founding member of the Southeast Heights Gang Intervention Prevention Task Force and a founding member of the Charlie Morrissey Scholarship Committee. She is a member of the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials., Mexican American National Women’s Organization, the National Council of Negro Women, the and former President of the Duke City Business and Professional Women’s organization. She organized the Democratic Party Senior Citizens and Youth Task Force, and has been a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education. Sheryl’s accomplishments and leadership have earned her the respect of her colleagues, fellow legislators, friends and neighbors. She takes time to listen to others, addressing their concerns and helping them find ways to solve problems. She often mentions that the measure of a person is not their wealth or power, rather it is found in how many people they have helped. My goal in life has always been to make a difference in the lives of others. I encourage participation in our political process because I believe that helps us gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our society. If someone were to ask me, I would say opportunities in life come when we open a door to others and especially for children and education—promoting education for our children provides us with stronger communities and a pathway for the future”. Sheryl Williams Stapleton

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Dear friends and neighbors, We are all facing very tough times and especially workers who are self-employed.  That inclu...
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Dear friends and neighbors,

We are all facing very tough times and especially workers who are self-employed. That includes people who are independent contractors and those who work in ‘gig’ economies. I am very pleased to let you know that the federal government has just released a new program: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) to address unemployed workers, those who had their hours reduced or those who cannot work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please read the information below from the Department of Workforce Solutions to see how you can quickly apply for these funds as an eligible worker. I understand this is an especially difficult time for so many New Mexicans and I stand ready to help in any way I can.

Please do not hesitate to let me know what I can do to ease the uncertainty and hardships this pandemic and economic downturn are causing.


Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton
House Majority Floor Leader

Please feel free to message me or email me at [email protected]
If you need help with any resources or have questions, concerns, or comments. I am here to help.

NMDWS announces benefit applications to begin next week for Self-Employed
(Albuquerque, NM)– New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announced today that the application for unemployment insurance benefits for self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers will become available on Sunday, April 26, 2020. These benefits are being offered through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
Workers who became unemployed, had hours reduced, or had an inability to work as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for this unemployment assistance.
People who may qualify for PUA include individuals not eligible for regular unemployment benefits:
• the self-employed;
• independent contractors;
• gig economy workers;
• church employees;
• individuals who were previously found monetarily ineligible;
• nonprofit and governmental workers; and
• workers who have exhausted regular unemployment compensation benefits
Applying for PUA is a two-step process that individuals can begin immediately.
Step 1: Individuals will first need to file a regular Unemployment Insurance claim to determine if their income is covered by the regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. If deemed ineligible, they will be cleared to apply for PUA benefits.
Step 2: Once a claimant is deemed ineligible for regular benefits, they will be provided access to apply for PUA benefits through an application link that will appear on their Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System homepage. This application will become available on Sunday, April 26.
Self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, are encouraged to begin filing claims online atwww.jobs.state.nm.us.
Those who have already filed a claim for regular UI benefits do not need to file a new claim. Beginning Sunday, April 26, eligible workers will be able to access the PUA application through their online claim. Claimants will be asked to submit additional information required for PUA eligibility including proof of earnings and proof of employment.
When applying for PUA, individuals will need to provide their income information for their most recently completed and filed tax year (either 2018 or 2019) in order for NMDWS to determine their PUA weekly benefit amount.
Acceptable forms of proof of earnings include copies of income tax return forms such as the following:
• Form 1040
• Form 1040A
• Form 1040EZ
• Form 1040NR
• Form 1040NR-EZ
• Form 1040 Schedule C, E, F and SE
• Form K-1
PUA is payable for weeks of unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work caused by COVID-19 related reasons beginning on or after January 27, 2020. PUA is not payable for any week of unemployment ending after December 31, 2020. Claimants must certify weekly, and once these claims are processed, all eligible weeks will be paid retroactively.
REMINDER: It is not necessary to call the Department to confirm that your claim has been filed or to check the status. If there are any unresolved issues impacting your claim or if we have questions, we will contact you directly.
Important note: None of the benefits described above, nor unemployment benefits of any kind, are available to employees who quit without good work-related cause, refuse to return to work, or refuse to receive full-time pay. Refusing to return to work could result in a disqualification for benefit eligibility. Attempts to collect unemployment benefits after quitting a job without good work-related cause is considered to be fraud. The CARES Act specifically provides for serious consequences for fraudulent cases including fines, confinement, and an inability to receive future unemployment benefits until all fraudulent claims and fines have been repaid. Employers are encouraged to utilize the New Hire system to report those employees who fail to return to work.
Additional information for workers affected by COVID-19, including frequently asked questions, can be found atwww.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info. For the latest announcements and updates, follow NMDWS on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Hello Friends and Neighbors: I have attached information from Senator Martin Heinrich's office regarding a teleconferenc...

Hello Friends and Neighbors:

I have attached information from Senator Martin Heinrich's office regarding a teleconference he will be hosting tomorrow on Tuesday, April 14th at 10am. He will be discussing ways to help small business owners and nonprofits access new funding included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

All the information to participate is contained within the attachments. If you have any questions please feel free to message me.

Thank you,

Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton
House Majority Floor Leader

Dear friends, During this very difficult time many businesses, especially small businesses, are facing serious challenge...

Dear friends,

During this very difficult time many businesses, especially small businesses, are facing serious challenges that affect their current and future operations. As a small business owner myself, I am well-aware of the severity of this crisis and want to share some important information with you that can help.

First, please know that there are federal and state resources in place—and being developed—that will provide business assistance based upon the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. Federal stimulus funding and guidelines were just rolled out and there is $350 million being allocated to small businesses nationally. These funds are being directed into several significant programs that are based on a first-come-first-served basis.

This means New Mexico small businesses need to act quickly to secure loans and access advances to meet their operational requirements and be able to sustain employee paychecks.
To help address critical needs, I want to encourage everyone to listen to the webinar (link below) that has been put together by Cabinet Secretaries and others to help our small business community.

Please click here to access this important webinar that is being led by Secretary Alicia Keyes, NM Economic Development Department: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnVEK9nqjjY

You will find information on loan programs such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) programs as well as information on direct grants. The EIDL program allows small businesses to request a forgivable $10,000 advance that can be received quickly (as well as a larger loan at a low rate) and the PPP program with an interest rate of .5% and deferrable for 6 months.

There are many resources in place offered through the SBA at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ or thought the SBDC, an SBA partner at www.nmsbdc.org

Unemployment information is critical and the NM Workforce Solutions Office is handling record numbers of claims for employees who have been laid off due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. The Secretary of Workforce Solutions has specific information on the webinar (listed above) to help displaced employees with answers to many questions that are arising.

I encourage everyone to take advantage of the information that is forthcoming to help overcome this challenge and want to underscore the importance of checking into the NMEDD web site to receive frequent updates regarding business resources: https://gonmbiz.about-us/covid-19-response

You can also access information via:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NMecondev
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nmecondec
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/new-mexico-econmic-development-department

Please know that I am thinking of everyone at this time, especially those less fortunate and want to ask everyone to be patient, caring, and strong. Take good care of yourself, your family and those you know. I will continue to be in touch and let me know how I can help.

In gratitude for your confidence,

Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton
House Majority Floor Leader



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To my constituents who might be facing eviction during this difficult time. Attached is information detailing how to pro...

To my constituents who might be facing eviction during this difficult time. Attached is information detailing how to protect yourself from being evicted. The NM Supreme Court has placed a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent. However, tenants must still take certain steps to protect themselves from being evicted, including appearing at the eviction hearing in court and providing testimony about inability to pay. Please see the attached fact sheet. If you would like me to email you this important information I would be happy to, please message me with your email. Thanks

Dear neighbors and friends, We are all struggling with the challenges this virus has thrust upon us and the uncertainty ...

Dear neighbors and friends,

We are all struggling with the challenges this virus has thrust upon us and the uncertainty of what our lives will be like in the coming months. I know we can rely on one another and together our strength will overcome the hardships we face daily.

Our Governor has declared a public health emergency and issued clear orders to stay-at-home and minimize all gatherings of people greater than five. The impact of this social distancing has proven to be the most important tool we currently have to combat the spread of this dangerous virus. I am closely following the information we have on increasing testing centers and additional tests that can give us rapid results. That will greatly help all our communities and hopefully identify individuals who may have minimal symptoms yet could be in contact with others.

Our medical system—hospitals, doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders—all need more support. I am keeping in close contact with our legislative leaders to monitor the needs of our New Mexico medical professionals and am anxious to hear how the federal stimulus package that has just been passed impacts our state. My understanding is that the federal dollars will also be available for businesses and displaced workers and others in need impacted by the COVID-19 virus. As soon as I have more information I will let everyone know.

In the meantime, it is so important that we follow all the guidance our experts recommend:
* Wash hands for 20 seconds and disinfect high-touch surfaces often;
* Stay at home unless necessary for essential services such as groceries, doctor visits;
* Limit contact with others and gatherings to no more than 5 people;
* Maintain a distance of 6 feet or more between others; and
* Be thoughtful of others when purchasing food and supplies—do not hoard.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, dry coughing, or shortness of breath immediately call the Coronavirus Health Hotline at 855-600-3453. The Governor’s web site (https://www.governor.state.nm.us/) contains important information on the virus and details on the orders issued.

In addition, the New Mexico Department of Health (https://cv.nmhealth.org/) has updates on COVID-19, Executive and Public Health Orders, isolation guidance, frequently asked questions, essential businesses listings, and numbers to call for non-health related COVID-19 questions (1-833-551-0518). These questions could include loss of income, childcare issues, and a number to call for seniors who may need food assistance.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has critical information on what to do if you have COVID-19, caring for another who may have the virus and how to stop the spread of this serious disease at (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html).

As a parent with a son expecting to graduate this spring and taking care of an elderly mother, I truly understand the pain families feel as our communities pull together to meet these difficult times. Please help one another and do all that you can for those less fortunate. I know we must remain apart through this crisis, but always know I have you in my thoughts and heart every day.


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