Oct 21 2016



With the election less than three weeks away(!), we are asking all of you to Sign UP, Volunteer, attend events, and do whatever you can to elect DEMOCRATS up and down the ballot!!


Early Voting sites throughout the county open on Saturday, October 22.  For a list, check out the Sandoval County Clerk web pages.  Sites are open Monday-Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM through November 5.   Be on record now!  VOTE EARLY!!!!!!

Attend Events:

First Friday Luncheon on November 4, 2016 at the Range in Bernalillo from 11:30 to 1 PM.

Let’s Go Vote Matanza on November 5, 2016 from 2-5 PM at the home of John Arango in Algodones at 1452 Highway 313 (just south of the intersection of the Algodones exit on I25 and Highway 313).  There will be free food, music and fun for the family, games for kids, green chile and great speeches led by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan!


We need people to phone bank, canvass, reach out to voters door-to-door, be poll watchers helping with voter protection, wave signs at street corners for visibility and help in the office with volunteers.  Pick your office and volunteer:

In Rio Rancho, the office is at 2345 Southern, Suite B4.  891-2016.

In Bernalillo, the office is at 872 Camino del Pueblo, Suite F.  771-8771.

And here are some issues we discussed at the Friday Luncheon on October 14:

Representative Bill McCamley from Las Cruces talked about the importance of the upcoming election.  He recounted the struggle at the Special Session which was called to plug the $600 million deficit created by the Martinez administration.  The fix will negatively impact higher education and services to New Mexico families.  The struggle with the budget demonstrates the importance of supporting Democratic Candidates running for the NM House.  Let’s take back the House!

County Clerk Eileen Garbagni thanked Judy and David DeAtley, Theresa Trujeque and Ruth Bouldes for all they are doing.  She also reported that there are now 94,000 register in voters in Sandoval County.  3,500 people have requested absentee ballots and as of October 13, 1671 Democrats have voted early.  Absentee ballots can still be requested from the office of the County Clerk.

Donnie Leonard spoke of the importance of voting for the Mill Levy to extend support to the hospitals in Sandoval County.  The extension is on this ballot.  Angela Ward with Presbyterian Rust Hospital and Melissa Romney with the Sandoval Regional Medical Center spoke about the importance of the mill levy in supporting the two hospitals who are providing quality medical treatment close to home.  Voting yes for the mill levy will not raise taxes.

Candidates Laura Montoya for re-election as County Treasurer and Alexis Jimenez, candidate for County Commission District 4 spoke about their campaigns as well

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Aug 15 2016


Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM), a nonpartisan organization promoting open, honest and accountable government, is recruiting and training volunteer poll watchers to assist voters in getting their votes counted this election year.

Poll watchers are an integral part of CCNM Election Protection project. CCNM  http://www.commoncause.org/states/new-mexico/ recruits lawyers, students and ordinary citizens from across the state organizing them to take part in our democracy to make sure it works for everyone. No matter where you live we can use you.

On Tuesday, Nov 8, Poll Watchers will be deployed at polling places to assist voters in obtaining information about accessing the ballot box.  After reviewing an informational packet, Poll Watchers will have answers to voters’ frequently asked questions and have the websites and toll free numbers to direct voters for additional assistance.

Poll Watchers may also attend a webinar. Pre-registration is necessary to obtain needed information and to receive poll assignments.

Volunteers may work 2 to 5 hours on Election Day, their choice.

Contact Diane Wood dianewood.ccnm@gmail.com to register and volunteer.

By state law, to be a poll watcher, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in the County
  • Not be a candidate, law officer, or close relative (spouse, parent, child, sibling, or in-law) of a candidate Certified by the Secretary of State (Common Cause NM Election Protection program will notify the Secretary of State and send the certification letter to the poll watcher)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/poll-watchers-wanted/

Oct 22 2016

DPNM Chairwoman Calls on Secretary of State Brad Winter to Defend Integrity of New Mexico Elections

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Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

New Mexico – At a press conference Thursday, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland called on New Mexico Secretary of State Brad Winter to defend the integrity of New Mexico’s elections against Donald Trump and Nora Espinoza’s reckless claims questioning the legitimacy of election results. Today, the Chairwoman renewed her call with the following statement:

“New Mexico’s Secretary of State Brad Winter has a responsibility to ensure New Mexicans have trust in our elections. Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Nora Espinoza have all undermined the integrity of our elections and pose a threat to our democracy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.“New Mexicans must make sure we keep dangerous candidates like Donald Trump and Nora Espinoza out of office—neither of them are qualified for the positions they seek and they don’t deserve our votes.”

The Republican Party has made intimidation and fear the new Republican standard. Earlier this month, the Republican Party of New Mexico sent a malicious mailer to voters aggressively threatening them to go to the polls.

Nora Espinoza has run a campaign on fear making false claims about voter fraud and campaigning to make it more difficult for voters to cast their ballots.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/dpnm-chairwoman-calls-on-secretary-of-state-brad-winter-to-defend-integrity-of-new-mexico-elections/

Sep 20 2016

Montoya appointed Vice Chair of NACo Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee & Elected as Next Generation Chairwomann


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2016
CONTACT: David Jackson, djackson@naco.org 202.942.4271

Long Beach, Calif. – Sandoval County, N.M. Treasurer Laura Montoya has been appointed chair of the Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee (FPIGA) of the National Association of Counties for a one-year term. Montoya’s appointment was made by new NACo President Bryan Desloge, commissioner, Leon County, Fla., on the final day of NACo’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles County. Montoya has served on the committee since 2013. Montoya is the only elected official from New Mexico to be appointed to a chair or vice chair position of any of ten policy steering committees.

FPIGA analyzes and advocates for counties on all matters pertaining to the financial resources of counties, fiscal management, federal assistance, municipal borrowing, county revenues, federal budget, federal tax reform, elections and Native American issues. “I believe it is imperative to have New Mexico concerns discussed at a federal round table in order to develop policy that is reflective of New Mexico needs,” said Montoya. “Representing New Mexico at the national level is a noteworthy responsibility and honor.”

Montoya, active in NACo since 2013, was also elected as Chairwoman of the association’s Next Generation Network which works to develop a new generation of leaders. There are over 250 members. The NACo NextGen Network is a member-driven forum that identifies and serves the unique educational and professional development needs of young county officials. NextGen also draws on the energy, ideas, talent and expertise of young officials to inform NACo’s strategic plan and programs and services for the future.

The Next Generation NACo Network assists with one community service project per year in the county in which the annual conference is held. This year, NextGen partnered with the Saving Innocence organization to provide over 150 backpacks to victims of human trafficking. “NextGen is a network that is developing strongly within the NACo spectrum to provide education, services and workshops that affect county leaders. Montoya added, “I am eager to work with this energetic group of elected officials in developing efficient and transparent policies that better assist our counties.”

Additionally, Montoya is a member of the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurer’s and Finance Officers (NACCTFO) and was recently appointed to the Programs and Services Standing Committee as well as the Rural Action Caucus (RAC).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/montoya-appointed-vice-chair-of-naco-finance-pensions-and-intergovernmental-affairs-steering-committee-elected-as-next-generation-chairwomann/

Sep 18 2016

Lt. Governor John Sanchez Refuses to Lead on Economy

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Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

New Mexico – While Governor Susana leaves New Mexico facing a dire budget crisis to fundraise for an anti-LGBT candidate, Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez refuses to take the lead on the economy.

“Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez has an opportunity to address our looming budget crisis, but instead he shows no leadership and refuses to act,” said Joe Kabourek, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “New Mexico needs leadership right now. We don’t see it coming from Governor Martinez and clearly we can’t rely on Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez.”

Governor Martinez continues to leave New Mexico in the hands of the unreliable Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez and travel outside the state to campaign for national Republicans while New Mexico faces a shortfall of $223 million for FY2016 and an estimated shortfall of $431 million for FY2017.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/lt-governor-john-sanchez-refuses-to-lead-on-economy/

Sep 16 2016

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Reacts to Release of OECD Education Report US Compares Poorly in Early Education Enrollment, Educator Pay


Contact: John Dyrcz
September 15, 2016

Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) latest education report paints a troubling picture for early education access and enrollment and educator pay in the United States.

“We have a lot of work to do to serve the needs of our students from cradle to career according to the newly released ‘Education at a Glance’ report. With only 42 percent of children enrolled in early childhood education in the United States, we have one of the lowest rates of enrollment among industrialized countries. In New Mexico, upwards of 60 percent of children are not enrolled in any form of early education.

“Given we are one of the richest countries in the world, enrollment numbers this low are embarrassing considering access and investments in early education not only pave the way for future academic success, but creates a more attractive climate for business investment.

“Additionally, the report draws a clear line between educator salaries and the ability to attract and retain highly qualified educators to our classrooms. This disconnect is clearly impacting public schools in New Mexico as we face historic educator shortages largely due to low levels of pay and an abusive evaluation system.

“Lawmakers in New Mexico – in particular Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera – should do everything in their power to increase funding and access for early education in New Mexico, including utilizing a portion of the Land Grant Permanent Fund and raise educator salaries to ensure that future generations of New Mexico children are receiving the tools and training necessary to be successful throughout their life.”

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/american-federation-of-teachers-new-mexico-reacts-to-release-of-oecd-education-report-us-compares-poorly-in-early-education-enrollment-educator-pay/

Sep 01 2016

Hillary for America Statement on Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Speech


Hillary for America National Latino Vote Director Lorella Praeli released the following statement on Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant hateful speech in Arizona:

“In his darkest speech yet, Donald Trump doubled down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric and attempted to divide communities by pitting people against each other and demonizing immigrants. Trump committed to sending a new “Deportation Task Force” into American communities, rescinding the President’s executive actions to protect DREAMers and their families, building a wall that he continues to claim will be paid for by Mexico, and made clear that “Operation Wetback” was not severe enough. The only immigrants allowed in the future are those that pass Donald Trump’s own test of ‘desirability.’

“Donald Trump once again showed us that he will continue his decades-long record of divisiveness and campaign of hate by pledging to forcibly remove every single undocumented immigrant from our country. He showed us, very clearly, what’s at stake in this election by painting a picture of his idea of America: one in which immigrants are not welcomed and one in which innocent families are torn apart.”

For Immediate Release, September 1 , 2016
Contact: press@hillaryclinton.com


Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/hillary-for-america-statement-on-trumps-anti-immigrant-speech/

Aug 25 2016

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Respond to Public Education Department’s Release of School Grades Results Based on Arbitrary Criteria, High-Stakes Tests


Contact: John Dyrcz
August 24, 2016

Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“Today Secretary Skandera released letter grades for New Mexico’s public schools. As education professionals, we know our schools serve different populations and each has unique needs, often not reflected in an arbitrary letter grade. We question the need to continue labeling our public schools as ‘failing’ and urge the discontinuation of this practice of so-called accountability.

“Secretary Skandera’s school grades willfully ignores important factors such as child poverty, over-testing, and limited access to early education opportunities. Leadership is more than just labeling a school, and it is impossible to cut our way to proficiency.

“Secretary Skandera needs to truly invest in our public schools through increased and earlier intervention, resource and educational equity, and the discontinuation of Public Education Department pet projects diverting taxpayer money away from local district control. Students, parents, and educators are invested in the success of our public schools, and the only failure has been the policies of the Public Education Department under Secretary Skandera.”

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/american-federation-of-teachers-new-mexico-respond-to-public-education-departments-release-of-school-grades-results-based-on-arbitrary-criteria-high-stakes-tests/

Aug 18 2016

DPNM: Republicans Need to Prioritize Investments in Education and Our Economy

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Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 750-2585

New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement after Governor Susana Martinez released a timeline for a special session.
“Governor Martinez’s record of ignoring New Mexico’s economy and putting the interests of corporate donors before New Mexicans combined with legislative Republicans’ refusal to address the budget shortfall during this year’s 30-day budget session forced a special session. Republicans need to prioritize investments in education and our economy instead of cutting breaks to corporations and the wealthy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 

Senate Democrats proactively called for a special session earlier this month only to be met with the news that New Mexico was in the ineffective hands of Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez while Governor Martinez travelled outside the state. 

Last week, Governor Martinez announced a directive for all state agencies to cut 5%, without prioritizing investments to grow New Mexico’s economy just before the Albuquerque Journal reported that she attended political meetings in Dallas, Texas—in effect washing her hands of the damage her economic agenda caused to the state’s economy to build her national profile.

Just this week, Governor Martinez left the state again for another national Republican Party political trip in Colorado. 

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that $26,000 of taxpayer money has been used on Governor Martinez’s political trips outside the state during the first five months of this year.

New Mexico is facing one of its largest budget shortfalls since the great recession with a total deficit of nearly $200 million in FY2016 and an estimated shortfall of more than $600 million for FY201 and FY2017. Under Republican leadership, the state suffers from anemic economic growth and an unemployment rate that is well above the national average at 6.2%.


Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/dpnm-republicans-need-to-prioritize-investments-in-education-and-our-economy/

Aug 12 2016

DPNM Launches “Pay-To-Play Pacheco” Website to Inform Voters of Paul Pacheco’s Unethical Behavior, Harmful Voting Record

State Dem LogoAlbuquerque, N.M. – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico launched the “Pay-to-Play Pacheco” website at www.paytoplaypacheco.com to inform voters about Paul Pacheco’s unethical behavior as a legislator and harmful voting record.

“Paul Pacheco is not looking out for New Mexico, and this site will allow voters to see just how unethical and extreme Paul Pacheco is. Pacheco is clearly out for himself and does not have the best interest of his district in mind. In November, voters will have the choice to put him out of office and elect someone who has been involved in the community, and has a real vision for our future,” said Felicia Salazar, Communications Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Earlier this month, an ethics complaint filed with the Attorney General’s Office against Paul Pacheco revealed that his brother directly profited from funding Pacheco secured through his position in the legislature. In a clear shirk of commitment to transparency and accountability, Pacheco did not disclose a conflict of interest when securing funds for a project that was not in in his district.

In addition, Paul Pacheco voted for numerous measures that harm New Mexico’s economy, attack the education of New Mexico children, put harsh and unfair restrictions on women, and put New Mexico’s air and water at risk.


Permanent link to this article: http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/dpnm-launches-pay-to-play-pacheco-website-to-inform-voters-of-paul-pachecos-unethical-behavior-harmful-voting-record/

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