Your Help Needed for the Sandoval County Coordinated Campaign

The 2018 is one of the most, if not the most, critical election in our lifetime.

The General Election campaign is in the homestretch!  We are just over 30 days away from Election Day.

We can win this election by canvassing, telephone banking, talking-to our friends, telling everyone we know how important this election is and keeping up the momentum.
You Can HELP!!!

The Coordinated Campaign is making a major effort at Canvassing in Sandoval County.

We canvass by going door to door.  Canvassing is fun!!  You get to meet great new people!!!

The Coordinated Campaign provides a packet for canvassing for each canvass shift of 30 to 40 houses.

The packet contains:

A clip-board,
A script guide to lead you in carrying on a conversation and asking the voter to vote for our candidates,
A map of the houses targeted for canvassing and a list of the voters and addresses.
Campaign information.

Packets are picked up from the DPSC Office at 1520 Deborah Road, Suite K, Rio Rancho (Behind Hot Tamales on 528) and returned to that office upon completion.

If you are unable to walk door-to-door, perhaps you can drive someone who will go door-to-door.
We need both drivers and walkers!

Democrats always step up when needed!  Volunteer today!
Most of all, it is important that each and every one of us vote.  Every vote counts!!!

To volunteer, please email contact information to

Permanent link to this article:

Drivers for Voters on Election Day

I have had a number of requests from volunteers willing to drive voters to the polls on Election Day.

While we have never needed such volunteers in the Sandoval County Area, I certainly want to fulfill any requests for a ride that occur.

If you are aware of anyone needing a ride to the polls on Election Day, I ask that you communicate that information to me as quickly as possible.

Every effort will be made to get that person(s) to an early polling location prior to Election Day in order to avoid crowds an Election Day, but will be happy to get him/her to the polls on Election Day if desired.

I have personally been involved in election/polling process here in Sandoval County for the past eighteen (18) years and am aware of only one individual requesting a ride.  I supplied that ride for the lady and consider it to be one of my greatest voting/polling experiences. 

An elderly lady asked for a ride, I communicated with her on time and location.  When I arrived at her home, she was dressed with her hat and gloves and a list of candidates.  I escorted her to my car, she walked to the back door of the car, I opened it and assisted her as she was seated.  We then drove to the polling location with her sitting very properly in the back seat and me driving.  At the polling location, she waited for me to open the rear door of the car, she then took my arm as I escorted her to the polling entrance.  I waited for about twenty (20) minutes while she carefully selected her candidates for which to cast her vote.  She cast her vote, came back out, took my arm and I escorted her back to the car and drove her home. 

A great experience!!

If you are aware of anyone needing a ride, please contact me at your earliest convenience.  I would love to do this again or ask a volunteer.

Thomas R. Buckner, Chairman

Democratic Party of Sandoval County


Permanent link to this article:

Challengers and Poll Watchers Needed

As we approach Election Day, we as Americans need to be vigilant and respectful of the voting process.

Within the provisions of the law, we as the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Sandoval County are authorized to have individual citizens of our party present at each polling location to observe the election process and ensure that the process is being conducted in accordance with legal requirements.

While we have a high degree of confidence in the integrity of the Sandoval County Clerk and her office, we also must be vigilant in ensuring that the process is correct.

As such, I need to have Challengers and Poll Watchers available to observe the approximate twenty (20) polling locations during the early voting process and on Election Day.

What is the difference between a Challenger and a Poll Watcher?  Challengers are authorized to challenge an activity at the polling location while Poll Watchers are not authorized to make challenges but can are authorized to observe the process and report any irregularities to the County or State Parties.

Are you available?  The polls are open on Election Day for twelve (12) hours although you may volunteer for any amount of time you are available.

If you are available, I would like to hear from you.

If you have already responded to this request, I have your information on a list and will be contacting you prior to Election Day.

Thomas R. Buckner, Chairman

Democratic Party of Sandoval County


Permanent link to this article:

Sandoval County 2018 General Election Information

Permanent link to this article:

Political Campaign Signs

October 10, 2018

Many of us have noticed that in Rio Rancho our opposition candidates are not always following the City of Rio Rancho rules and regulations on placing political signs on the city street right-of-ways.  These are illegally placed and a request has been made to the City of Rio Rancho to have the signs removed. All political signs placed on the City of Rio Rancho Street right-of-ways require a green sticker permit which has been purchased from the City of Rio Rancho.  The number of green sticker permits allowed for each candidate is restricted in number.

Political signs placed on private property do not require a City of Rio Rancho green sticker permit.
Additionally, there have been signs seen for our Democratic Candidates placed on Rio Rancho street right-of-way that do not have the green sticker permits issued by the City of Rio Rancho.  These have been placed there illegally and will be removed by the City of Rio Rancho.

Please be aware that if you as a concerned voter pick-up a sign from any of the candidates for office it must have a green sticker purchased form the City of Rio Rancho if you are going to place the sign on a City of Rio Rancho Street right-of-way.

The Democratic Party of Sandoval County Office at 1520 Deborah Lane, Suite K has signs for various political candidates.  These signs are provided for residential/private property only and we do not provide green sticker permits for them.

Each political candidate is responsible for determining where to place campaign signs on public right-of-ways and purchasing green sticker permits for them.  Please do not take it upon yourself to place signs against City of Rio Rancho Rules and Regulations.

We as Democrats follow the law.  Please do not place a political sign on a Rio Ranch Street right-of-way unless you are asked to do so by a candidate, and if so, please ensure that such signs bear proper permits.

Thank you,
Thomas R. Buckner, Chairman DPSC

Permanent link to this article:

Candidate Meet and Greet In Placitas

Permanent link to this article:

17 Democrat Women On the Ballot This Year In Our County

Permanent link to this article:

NM For All Democratic Campaign


Hello Democrats!

My name is Hannah Johnson and I am the Field Organizer for Sandoval County for the NM For All Democratic Campaign.  If I have not met you yet I would love to do so! I manage the office but I am your representative from the statewide Coordinated Campaign and handle organizing all the field efforts.

My volunteer coordinators are Joel Wadsworth and Alex Piland.  We are working with the Sandoval County Democratic Party Chairman Tom Buckner to ensure our office runs smoothly.  He, Sue Buckner, and Pat Stover have done a fantastic job regarding our reception area and the Sandoval County Democrats office which is in our office as well!

We need candidates elected who represent our values.  Candidates who will fight for us, our state, and our rights.  We can only elect those candidates if democrats show up to the polls.  The way we can do that is through calling folks and going door to door to inform people about the upcoming election. This has been statistically proven to be the most effective way to turn out votes. We need volunteers to ensure we have a straight democratic party ticket elected this November.  No race is ever ensured and we need to fight every day to elect our fantastic candidates.

Please call me today to schedule a time to come in.  Our office hours are 10am-8pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-530pm Friday-Sunday.  However, to ensure we are ready for you to come in we need to have you scheduled because we do close at times when we need to canvass and when meeting occur.

We Canvass every Saturday and Sunday out of our office at 1520 Deborah rd.  at 10am on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday!

Here are a few links to sign up online:

Phone bank:

We will be having a rally for all Sandoval Democrats and volunteers to celebrate our volunteers and community! Sign Up Here:
We need to elect democrats and please help us do that by volunteering today!


Hannah Johnson

Permanent link to this article:

NM State Chair’s Report

Dear Democrats:

Many thanks to each of you! I can’t tell you how impressed and grateful we all are for all you are doing in this vital campaign—standing up with our great Democratic candidates at town halls and marching with the Democratic banner and our great Democratic candidates in parades in town and cities all over the state—or phone banking; or canvassing; or talking with your friends; or being among the hundreds of small donors who have signed up as monthly grassroots sustainers, or who’ve joined the Chair’s Council, or who are already buying tables or tickets for our October 6 Rising Stars dinner (contact
–or everyone who is involved in one or more of these vital efforts.

I love your enthusiasm and commitment. Together, we’re harnessing tremendous NM grass roots energy to get all our Democratic candidates—from the county courthouse, to the Round House, to our nation’s Capitol—elected in November! Thank you! Thank you!

This campaign is about what we stand for! Sure, we want to replace Governor Martínez with the highly competent and progressive Michelle Luján Grisham, send the influential and effective Martin Heinrich back to the Senate, elect and reelect a truly great and historic NM congressional delegation of Ben Ray Luján, Deb
Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, and elect more Democrats throughout our state. Sure, we’re dismayed and disgusted by the present administration in Washington and want to check it and change it. But what we are about is more, much more, than that.

We’re fighting for New Mexico families and we’re fighting for: Jobs for all New Mexicans; Quality, affordable health care for all; A world class education for our kids from pre-K through College, without a mountain of debt; Common sense gun safety reform; Alternative energy and protections for our environment; Full equality for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community—and all or our people; We’re fighting to make New Mexico a place where everyone has the chance to work hard for a livable wage.

NM FOR ALL is a team effort! Our major Democratic candidates—Senator Heinrich,  Michelle Luján Grisham and Howie Morales, Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, Hector Balderas, Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Tim Eichenberg, Stephanie Garcia Richard, , Supreme court candidate Judge Michael Vigil and the five marvelously qualified women running for Court of Appeals judges—Kristine  Bogardus, Jacqueline Medina, Briana Zamora, Megan Duffy and Jennifer Attrep—all are working together, as are so many of you, in the greatest coordinated campaign—called NM for All—that I’ve ever seen. For our Democratic candidates, it’s all for one and one for all—and all for the people.

DPNM officers are strong and active. We’ve got an outstanding and hard-working young headquarters staff in ABQ, headed by Joe Kabourek: We have opened 16 regional and county headquarters offices in the state, staffed by 30 well-trained, young and diverse men and women organizers, who are working with our county chairs and regional vice chairs and hordes of enthusiastic volunteers, contacting voters, registering, telephoning and door knocking, then reporting daily on the results
of these massive efforts. Coordinating this effort is the highly competent Chelsey Evans:

Each of you can get regular text reports on party and candidate events and activities and where you can fit in, if you’re not already, by texting 97779, then writing in the message line: “NM”; then press send. And by checking our website:

Nobody, and none of our candidates, is taking anything for granted!We know some of our races are tighter than others (although we’re encouraged by what we’re hearing and what the polls have been showing). This is a 33-county effort, and we’re all working very hard. The major campaign leaders meet weekly with DPNM
officers and staff, report on and make plans for group effort, then fan out separately around the state to see that the ticket is represented at each week’s local events and activities. I myself, since announcing for Chair and since being elected, have visited, at least once, 24 of the 33 NM counties, and by the end of next month, I will have been in all of them! Our digital and social media campaign is well underway and the major elevision and other advertisements for the candidates are soon to blast forth in earnest.

This could not be more serious!Our state is in really bad shape, as you know. Our nation is in grave, grave danger. Thank you for all you are doing to change things.  I’m proud to be with you in this critical fight. We are in this together. When we win—and with your help, we will win—you and I will remember our part in this for the rest of our lives.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about our Party, you can always reach out to me directly (see contact info below) or call the office anytime at (505) 830-3650. We are located at 300 Central Ave SW, Suite 1300 in Albuquerque, so feel free to drop by, too!

Yours for NM FOR ALL—and for the people!


Permanent link to this article: