Hello Sandoval County Democrats:
The celebration of Pride Month here in New Mexico is a reminder that the American family is large and diverse and EVERYONE belongs. This aspect is critical to our nation’s success and today too many people feel as they though they exist only on our margins. Paul O’Neill, former CEO of Alcoa, believed all of his employees had “discretionary energy” and could choose whether or not to utilize that for the company’s benefit depending on how they felt they were being treated. It is no different for the United States. Our job as Democrats is to help explain to voters why diversity and inclusion is such an important part of our value system. This is especially true as our opposition puts Hispanic children in cages and separates them from their parents, tries to prevent transgender soldiers from fighting for our nation and insults every woman who dares to challenge their leader. 2020 will be more than just arguments over health care, education and social security. It will be a clash of values. With that said I have some announcements:
1) Joey Dominguez and Joel Wadsworth will be our Votebuilder gurus and will have administrative access. This is important for our Precinct Chairs. When they seek to gain access to Votebuilder or generate voter lists from the database they will first talk to their Ward Chairs who will then work with Joey and Joel. This will allow us to keep the process as organized and efficient as possible. DPNM has worked for some time in coming up with a sustainable Votebuilder policy that allow us to have access to the database while doing everything in their power to protect voter data. If you do have or get access to Votebuilder make sure to log in every 30 days or you will lose your access.
2) It is Democratic Presidential Debate season! The next three debates are scheduled for June 26/27, July 30/31 and September 12/13. If you are interested in hosting a debate watch party please get in touch with me or your relevant Ward chair. This would be a good way to engage your neighbors and get them excited for the upcoming election season.
3) On July 4 there will be parades taking place in Rio Rancho, Corrales and Placitas. Rio Rancho organizers are looking for a truck and trailer. Please get in touch with Nancy Gloman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help. Their parade will start at 10:00am. The organizers will meet at 8:30am at the formal line-up location in Upper South Parking lot of the Santa Ana Star Center.
-Related to that, our Rio Rancho party members will be having a “Poster Party” on Friday, June 28 at the home of Naomi Hatch from 4:00pm to 6:00pm to make posters for the float. The address is 5550 Teton Avenue NE in Rio Rancho if you want to attend. Please bring poster board and markers.
Leah Baczkiewicz (email@example.com) if you can help with decorating the float. On July 4th itself the group will be meeting at 9:00am. The staging area is undetermined at this point though it will likely be near the starting point at Target Road. The parade will end at La Entrada.
4) There will be no First Friday lunch in July as it dovetails with the July 4 holiday.
5) Our next Second Saturday lunch will be on July 13 at 11:30am at M’Tucci’s Moderno (1908 Wellspring Avenue SE, Rio Rancho). Guest speaker will be Dana Schultz Millen from the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign.
6) Nancy Gloman is already recruiting volunteers to help with our booth at Rio Rancho’s Sunday is Funday. That will be Sunday, August 18 from noon to 4:00pm at Haynes Park. The theme is “Rio Rancho is Stronger Together” (sound kind of familiar?). Please get in touch if you are interested in helping.
7) I would like to call attention to the Conservation Voters of New Mexico’s Conservation Scorecard. Please contact your legislators with either a “thank you” for a good score or hold them “accountable” if they are not getting a passing grade. Here is a link to the scorecard:
8) We have a new Twitter account! The Twitter handle is DPSandovalCO. You don’t NOT need a Twitter account to follow us. Please check there for the latest in event announcements, local Democratic politics and snark aimed at Republicans.
9) I wanted to give a shout out to Deb Dapson, Nancy Gloman and Kitty Perez. They organized and hosted an awesome Ward E retreat that will help Precinct Chairs organize in preparation for 2020. I would also like to give a shout-out to Jerry Dusseau who registers voters every weekend at the Corrales Growers Market and Corrales Village Councilor Kevin Lucero for lending us his trailer for the Corrales July 4th parade.
Am I missing any shout-outs? Email me here and I will post them next month.
10) We are looking for additional precinct chairs across all wards. Please get in touch with your relevant ward chairs if you can help. Please see http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/wards-and-precincts/
11) For this month’s Why Am I Democrat I will be highlighting Sherrianne Pierce. Should you be interested in being profiled in our next newsletter please email me here.