Thanksgiving is a time for recognizing the things we are grateful for. Thank you to all you Democratic volunteers who staffed two offices, made phone calls, entered data, knocked on doors, waved signs, held events, donated and supported candidates and contributed whatever you could to make Sandoval County a great place to live and a great place for our kids and grandkids! While many of us are still recovering from the shock of losing the Presidency, we still have a lot to be grateful for.
We kept Sandoval blue, we kept New Mexico Blue, and we returned the NM House to Democratic control. We made a lot of new friends in the process!
I know you are looking forward to some Holiday gatherings with our Democratic family so I wanted to let you know our schedule so far. There will be NO First Friday Luncheon in December. The next First Friday Luncheon will be in 2017 – on January 6 at the Range in Bernalillo at 11:30 AM. At that time, we’ll focus on the Legislative Session and our work going forward.
On December 4, 2016, the Sandoval County Federation of Democratic Women will have an organizational meeting from 2-4 PM at the home of Theresa Trujeque, 106 Kjersti Court in Corrales. RSVP to Judy De Atley at 977-9017.
I am proud that we carried Sandoval County for Hillary Clinton for President, we helped re-elect our Congressional Representatives, Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham and we helped elect Maggie Toulouse Oliver as our Secretary of State and Julie Vargas as a new Court of Appeals Judge.
At the County Level, we re-elected Laura Montoya County Treasurer, Lemuel Martinez as District Attorney and Eileen Garbagni as County Clerk. We also elected Ken Eichwald to the County Commission.
We re-elected Benny Shendo and John Sapien to the NM State Senate, which remains in Democratic hands. We also elected Daymon Ely and Derrick Lente and re-elected Stephanie Garcia Richard to the NM House of Representatives. At this writing, the County Clerk tells me that there will be a recount for both Ely and Sapien. They both have a narrow but good lead, so stayed tuned for those final results.
Some of our friends and favorite candidates were not successful. We are especially grateful to these brave men and women for stepping up, taking the risk and running for office. Thanks go to Michael Vigil who remains on the NM Court of Appeal, to Dave Simon who was not elected to SD 10 and to Linda Sanchez Allison who was not elected to SD 40. John Wallace and Donna Tillman ran for the House of Representatives in tough districts and did not prevail. Nora Scherzinger and Alexis Jimenez would have been a great pair on the County Commission, but, sadly, Alexis was not elected, Nora no re-elected. We hope to see more from all these wonderful candidates!
Progress is never easy. But we’ve never been here only for the easy fights. It’s time to redouble our efforts, to build on our victories and not give up.
In two years, we will elect a new Governor. Lets get busy building for that!
All the best to you and your families.