First Friday Luncheon and Other Announcements

New DNC logo-thumb-452x148-33275Democratic Party of Sandoval County
Thomas R. Buckner, Chairman

Upcoming Events:

  1. January First Friday Luncheon

The January First Friday Luncheon will be held Friday January 4, 2019, beginning at 11:30 A.M.

The luncheon will be held at the Range Café, 925 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Space is limited so plan to arrive early.

All are welcome.  Seating will be “First Come, First Seated” basis.  Reservations will not be taken.

The Range Café tells me that seating for the Bar area is limited to 70 people as they must comply with Fire Department Code.  Additionally, the abilities of the serving staff is stretched when any group exceeds 70 in the Bar area.  Thus, the first 70 people to arrive will be seated and late arrivals will be seated by the waitress in the regular dining room.

Our First Friday Luncheons have been a great success but we have outgrown the Range Café in Bernalillo.  Any suggestions for another meeting place would be welcomed.   

Our guest speaker will be State Auditor Brian Colon (at least he will be State Auditor then).  I have asked Brian to speak on his plans for the State Auditor Office.

 Save the Date and Arrive Early!!!

  1. Legislative Dinner 2019

The Democratic Party of New Mexico will host a Legislative Dinner in Santa Fe when the Session begins.  This is always a great get together where party faithfuls gather to meet, greet and visit with our legislators.

The date, time and venue have not been announced for the Legislative Dinner 2019 but, I would ask that we have a large showing at the event.  I am currently putting together a Sandoval County Table of Eight (8) and will do a second table of Eight (8) if needed.  I currently have six (6) reservations.

Please keep this important event in the life of our party in mind and plan to attend.

  1. Democratic Party of Sandoval County (DPSC) Elections

2019 is the year for Democratic Party elections.  In addition to Party elections at the State level, Sandoval County will also be holding elections.  All positions within DPSC are up for election in 2019: County Chair, County Vice-Chair, Ward Chairs (Ward A, B, C, D, E) and Precinct Chairs in 86 Precincts.  This is a very important year in the life of our County Party, State Party and National Party.  The Secretary and Treasurer of DPSC are appointed by the County Chair.

Additionally, Sandoval County members of the State Central Committee (SCC) will be elected in 2019.

When I stepped in for election as County Chair in June 2018, it was with the understanding that I would not be standing for re-election.  Thus, DPSC will be electing a new County Chair in 2019.

All positions are available.  If you are interested in filling one of these important positions, throw your hat into the arena.

I have publically stated that I will be happy to visit/work with anyone interested in running for DPSC Officer, and I continue to offer such guidance.  I am sure that other individuals who have served as County Chair would also be happy to visit/work with individuals interested in running for DPSC Officer.  Previous County Chairs from the past twenty years include, Marg Elliston, Jim Moran, David Montoya, and Judge Mary Humphrey.

Details on arrangements for the DPSC meeting times and dates will be announced when finalized.

  1. Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM)

Democratic Party leadership position elections at the county level are held in anticipation of elections at the State level (DPNM).

DPNM Executive Director Joe Kabourek has announced that the Spring Central Committee (SCC) meeting of DPNM will be held at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho on April 27, 2019.

Details are being developed.  Stay tuned for more announcements.

This is a great opportunity for Sandoval County and Rio Rancho.  Membership in the SCC is not required to attend.   If you are a Democrat, you are welcome at the meeting.

County meeting dates, times and locations are being developed.  Stay tuned for further announcements

  1. Holiday Break

As I take time to celebrate the Holidays with my family, I will be taking a holiday from all political activities until after New Year’s.

I will not be responding to email or social media until January 2, 2019.

Sue and I wish each and every one of you Happy Holidays.

Thank you for the good year in 2018 and I am looking for a great year in 2019.


Tom Buckner, Chair
Democratic Party of Sandoval County

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