Candidate Profile: Ronald Dolin

Ronald M. Dolin is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, New Mexico District 3. He is running against incumbent Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Biography: Dolin was born June 9, 1960, in rural South Dakota. He is married with three children and has lived in northern New Mexico for 23 years. Dolin earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1983 as an analyst in the engineering division. In 2002, he joined the newly formed Center for Homeland Security as assistant director and went on to become the technical chief of staff. In 2005, Dolin began coordinating the LANL’s response for homeland security events and participated in several national events such as hurricane Katrina response, the California wild fires and Secret Service detail for the president’s State of the Union address. Dolin is also a published poet and has authored six stage plays and 10 screenplays. He is working on his first novel.

Dolin serves on the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos Advisory Board and is a member of the New Mexico State University Mechanical Engineering Academy.

Q: What qualifies you to be a Congressman?

A: My work at Los Alamos and the 10 years I have spent as an adjunct professor of Mathematics at the University of New Mexico. I have also served on numerous nationals committees such as the U.S. Senate Board of Securities Task Force.

Q: What is your highest priority if elected?

A: The biggest issue now is that New Mexico currently ranks last in the nation in education. As an educator, that is important to me. We put too much emphasis on the large universities. We need to focus on the community colleges.

Q: How do you hope to address the education issue?

A: Every region has a community college. We need to make sure we have curriculums that meet the needs of students. We also need to spread the money out to the smaller colleges. We need to make less of a distinction between high school and college. Students should be able to gain dual-credit for taking college courses during high school. I am also a big supporter of continuing education for adults.

Q: What is your stance on the current immigration reform laws?

A: I am a big advocate of a complete overhaul of the immigration process. My wife is an immigrant. The immigration process is currently horrendously bureaucratic. We need to make it easier for people who want to come here. The United States economy has to keep absorbing immigrants to remain robust. I believe border security and fair immigration are two completely separate issues.

Q: What is your stance on open government?

A: I think it (government) is completely invisible to New Mexican citizens. I advocate citizen oversight of our Congress. I would like to see a citizens ethics panel because Congress cannot police itself and that is clear.

– compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Tonya Garner