First Friday Luncheon and Other Announcements

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 ( 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 ( 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

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.

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Sherianne Pierce – Why I am a Democrat

I grew up in a household parented by a single mom.  Hard times were many, but we persevered.  My mother was not a political creature though, in her circumstance, she should have been.  As a child of color with two white half siblings and a white mother, I noticed early on that people treated me differently from my brothers.  I didn’t understand this was prejudice, but that understanding changed as I grew older.  I remember, when I was in school in central California, many of my classmates were first generation Mexican Americans.  They were not allowed to speak Spanish on the school grounds.  I thought something about this was very wrong.  These children were brought in to translate for their Spanish speaking only parents during parent/teacher conferences, but they couldn’t speak their native language at school any other time.

This was the beginning of my awakening. This awakening continued as a young woman, married to an abusive spouse (who was white).  When law enforcement became involved, I was treated differently than I would have been as a white woman.  The seeds of championing the disenfranchised were planted, and have grown over almost half a century.  I learned to speak my own truth, and I listened to politicians; I wanted to hear the ones I felt understood my plight.  The ones who seemed to understand the best were Democrats.  Therefore, the first time I registered to vote, I registered as a Democrat.

I feel in my heart that Democrats understand what I and other disenfranchised persons go through just to exist in these United States.  Since that ill-fated election in 2016, it has become even less safe for people of color, the LGBTQ community, women, and other disenfranchised persons.  I believe Democrats try to do the best they can for all of us, not just a select few of us.  From DC to Corrales, I’ve marched, canvassed, carried petitions, registered voters, and given money to those people I believe have my best interests at heart.  Those people are Democrats, and that is why I am a proud Democrat.

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Steve Conrad — Why I Am a Democrat

I grew up in a Republican household. I love my Republican family (as well as my many Republican friends). But from a young age, I knew I was a Democrat at heart. I knew it as clearly as I know that I’m tall, and left handed, and have brown eyes. It seems as if it wasn’t even a choice on my part, but more of a predisposition. But why? At the tender age of 10 or so, I wouldn’t have been rationally assessing and comparing the policy positions of the two parties (although as a budding nerd, I probably could’ve taken a decent stab it it). Why then? I think it comes down to deep-seated intuitions about morals and values. Democrats have always cared deeply about protecting and lifting up the disadvantaged and about providing equal opportunity for all. We’re not rugged individualists and we don’t tend to engage in “Us Versus Them” thinking and we’re not afraid of changing the status quo for the better. Instead, we build community by working in service to one another. This sense of building a caring community and striving to provide fairness and justice and opportunity for all citizens — not just the white and the wealthy and the powerful — is what appealed to me at a gut level and at a young age. It still appeals to me now. Now more than ever!

I remember back to the early 1980s when I first moved out west to go to school at New Mexico Tech. Love Canal, the first Superfund site, was still in the news and I was studying earth science with an ambition toward contributing to the environmental movement. I was writing to a childhood friend and proclaimed, “Is this a great country or what? I have the opportunity pursue my dreams. I can grow up to be whatever I want!” I didn’t fully understand until years later that not everybody had the same opportunities as I had. I was born on 2nd base and didn’t even know it! My family was by no means wealthy, but we had stability and sufficient resources to live in a nice neighborhood and go to good schools. All I had to do was to work moderately hard and not screw up too badly. I have since come to understand that many in our society don’t have nearly the same opportunities and they certainly have far less margin for error.

I’m grateful for all the advantages I’ve received. And like any good Democrat, I want to “pay if forward” ( I can’t undo the privilege conferred on me by birth and gender and race. But I can use my many advantages along with some of my time, and money, and energy to help elect democrats and to work to create a society that offers improved opportunities for all. And that is why I am a Democrat.


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