Jun 10 2016


Thanks to all of you who participated in an historic election on Tuesday! We had a great Primary election with lots of excitement, hard work, phone calling, canvassing, conversation and participation. Our candidates worked hard, traveled our fascinating county and got out the vote. Congratulations to the winners and congratulations to those who got in the game and did not win this time. We’ll see you again.

We have one more task to finish this Primary Season. It is to participate in the POST PRIMARY NOMINATING CONVENTION. This meeting takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Library in the new Bernalillo High School which is in the same old place. Registration opens at noon and the meeting starts at 1 PM. We will pick up to 83 folks who will then attend their Congressional District meetings next Saturday and the State Post Primary Convention on June 25. These two meetings will select delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from July 25-29. Your presence on Saturday is your ticket to the two other meetings where Delegates are selected. On Saturday, we will meet in our Wards and then as the County. Please email me if you have questions about this process – it is confusing. Please note that proxies are not allowed for any of these meetings.

Reminder that there will be no First Friday Luncheon in July. There will be 4th of July Parades in Rio Rancho, Corrales and Placitas. We’d love to have you join us at these parades!

Congratulations to both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders for a great and close primary election in New Mexico. Now is the time to figure out how we will stop Donald Trump on November 8, 2016. Let me know how you want to help. Best, Marg

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May 19 2016

First Friday Luncheon

Announcement for next “First Friday”

Reminder that there will be no First Friday Luncheon in July.  There will be 4th of July Parades in Rio Rancho, Corrales and Placitas.  We’d love to have you join us at these parades!

Marg Elliston
472 Priestley Road
Corrales, NM 87048

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Jun 08 2016

Will Governor Martinez Stand Up For New Mexico’s Judges & Denounce Trump’s Attack on Judicial Officials with Hispanic Heritage?

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

Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico called on Governor Susana Martinez to stand up for New Mexico’s many qualified Hispanic judges and denounce Donald Trump’s remarks about disqualifying a judge presiding over the Trump University class action lawsuits on the basis of his Hispanic heritage. A number of Republican Party officials denounced Donald Trump’s comments Tuesday–Governor Martinez has yet to comment.

“New Mexico has a historical heritage of electing and appointing judges with Hispanic backgrounds. Governor Martinez, as the elected head of the executive branch, as a licensed member of the New Mexico Bar, and as a human being has a moral and professional obligation to support our judicial system and our judges and denounce Mr. Trump’s comments. To suggest that the heritage of a judge may affect that judge’s impartially is beyond ridiculous. Mr. Trump clearly does not understand what a conflict of interest is, and he has insulted the members of the bench and bar here in New Mexico and across the nation who are of Hispanic descent. The fact that Governor Martinez continues to entertain the idea of endorsing Mr. Trump as the Republican nominee, in light of his xenophobic and racist comments, is telling of her own lack of understanding of her duties as a Governor and an attorney. All New Mexicans deserve to have our Governor support the members of the judiciary, regardless of their backgrounds because it is the right thing to do, not because it may be politically convenient of her to do so. To do any less is to support the decisive politics of hate the is the cornerstone of the Trump campaign.” said Robert Lara, attorney and Treasurer of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Recently, Governor Martinez’s office released a statement saying the Governor was open to meeting with Donald Trump. Governor Martinez has had opportunities to denounce Trump, instead she confirmed that she will be attending the Republican National Convention, ran to be and national delegate, and was elected as a voting delegate to the convention.

Governor Martinez affirmed that she will not be supporting former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, which leaves the door open for a Trump endorsement in the future, but she continues to avoid giving a straight answer.

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May 17 2016

Save the Date for our Post Primary Convention on June 11, 2015

0518_convention02Here’s your chance to pick the next President of the United States even after you vote in New Mexico Primary election on June 7.  You can help select delegates from New Mexico to the Democratic Party National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this July.  Its all a bit complicated but here’s how you can participate:

On June 11, 2016, the Democratic Party of Sandoval County will hold Ward conventions and a County Post-Primary Convention to select 83 people who will elect the NM delegates to the July 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.  The Sandoval County Democratic Ward conventions, as well as the Sandoval County Democratic County Convention will take place at the Bernalillo High School Library on June 11, 2016.  Registration will commence at 12 noon, and the Ward meetings will begin at 1:00 PM, with the County meeting beginning immediately following the Ward meetings.

Sandoval County delegates elected on June 11 will thereafter participate in their respective Congressional District Post-Primary Conventions on June 18, 2016.  Folks who live in Congressional District 1 will meet at the Highland High School Gymnasium, 4700 Coal Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.  Registration:  8-10 AM, Convention begins promptly at 10 AM.  Those who live in Congressional District 3 will meet at the Santa Fe High School Gymnasium, 2100 Yucca Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505.  Registration: 8-10 AM, Convention begins promptly at 10 AM.  Eight (8) delegates and an alternate will be selected from each of those meetings.

The NM Democratic State Post-Primary Convention takes place on June 25, 2016, at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque to select the At-Large Delegates.  Registration for the state meeting is from 8 to 10 AM.  The Convention begins at 10 AM.

Please note that NM Democratic State Central Committee members are not automatic delegates to the District and State Conventions.  Also note that no proxies are allowed at the District and State Post-Primary Conventions, so delegates must attend in Person.  Once delegates have registered at the site of the convention, they may turn their credential over to another delegate from their county.

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Apr 27 2016

Job Cuts at Intel Add to the Long History of Lost Jobs Under Governor Martinez’s Watch

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

Albuquerque, N.M. – After reports of more than 215 job cuts at Intel’s Rio Rancho plant, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) and Daymon Ely, Democratic candidate for N.M. House District 23 where Intel is located, pointed to Governor Martinez and state Republican’s failure to build economic security for hardworking New Mexicans and their families.

“Governor Martinez’s dismal jobs record keeps hurting New Mexico, and the job cuts at Intel just add to a long history of lost jobs under her watch,” said DPNM Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez III. “Democrats have been working to invest in early childhood education, job training programs, and college education in an effort to build long-term economic security in our state and ensure New Mexicans have the skills needed to get ahead in this economy, while Governor Martinez and State Republicans continue to focus on their all-crime, all the time agenda.”

“Intel is in the heart of my district. This administration and Republicans in the House have failed to focus on jobs or economic growth.  As a result, we are seeing a pattern of job losses — this is just latest example. I have been talking to constituents in the district for months now about my ideas on how to jump start our economy. It’s time we hear from the Republicans, and particularly Paul Pacheco, on their plan,” said Daymon Ely, candidate for N.M. House District 23.

Under Governor Martinez’s administration New Mexico has continued to see jobs leave the state. Google cut 240 jobs. Sprint cut 400 jobs. UTC Aerospace cut 150 jobs. And Caterpillar cut 50 jobs. More than 1,600 people were put out of work as a result of Governor Martinez’s behavioral health shakeup. The lack of focus from Governor Martinez and Republicans in the state is having a damaging effect on New Mexico’s economic future.

Democrats have introduced and supported legislation that would support job creators in the state and policies that would level the playing field so everyone has an opportunity to succeed. More information on House Democrats Economic Opportunity Plan is available here.

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Apr 20 2016

Sandoval Democrats! Arise! Now is the time to come to the aid of our party!

As you know, the Primary election is on June 7, 2016.  The last day to register to vote is on May 10.  The first day to vote early at the County Courthouse is also My 10.  Its time to help folks register to vote, change their registration and learn about candidates.  Here are some activities you can help with:

Attend the First Friday Luncheon on May 6 at the Range Café in Bernalillo from 11:30 to 1 PM.  State Party Chair Deb Haaland will be one of our guest speakers.

Days of Action to Register Voters:  April 30 and May 7:  Register Voters in Rio Rancho.  Contact Linda Allison to sign up, find out locale.  Contact Linda at (505) 892-3781 or ladem77@gmail.com

May 10 – Early Voting Rally in front of the County Courthouse – 7:30 AM to catch the going to work traffic.  Contact Marg Elliston at (505) 259-5860 or margelliston@comcast.net.

Check our website calendar for other events and fund raisers for candidates.

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Apr 11 2016

DPNM News Clips – April 11, 2016

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ABQ JOURNAL: State adds 15K registered voters since year-end
By Dan Boyd / Capitol Bureau Chief
Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at 11:45pm

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s voter rolls grew by more than 15,000 voters in the past three months, a trend likely driven by interest in the upcoming presidential primary election and the implementation of a new state system that allows eligible voters to register online.

Of the 15,318 voters who registered from the end of 2015 through March 31, nearly one-third – or about 4,800 voters – did so via the online portal implemented at the start of the year, Kari Fresquez, the interim election director for the Secretary of State’s Office, said this week.

In all, there were more than 1.21 million voters registered statewide as of the start of this month, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

However, there’s no guarantee the increase in voter enrollment will lead to a higher turnout for the June 7 primary election.

Lonna Atkeson, a University of New Mexico political science professor, said some independent voters, or those who decline to affiliate with a political party, may not realize they are not allowed to vote in the primary election under New Mexico law.

Recent attempts to allow independents and voters belonging to minor political parties to participate in the primary election have been unsuccessful to date – both in the Legislature and in the judicial system.

But Atkeson said the state’s swelling voter roles do appear to show both election-year enthusiasm and the effect of making it easier for voters to register.

“I think the fact we have online voter registration is important,” Atkeson told the Journal . “And I think there’s so much attention being paid to the presidential election, that that’s generating excitement.”

Neither the Republican nor the Democratic presidential nomination has been sewn up yet, as Hillary Clinton holds a lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary race, and front-runner Donald Trump is trying fend off Ted Cruz and John Kasich on the GOP side.

New Mexico is among the last wave of states holding primary elections and, as such, is typically all but irrelevant in determining a nominee. But the stakes could be higher this year if one, or both, of the two main parties’ nominations remain in limbo when eligible New Mexico voters cast their ballots.

This year’s increase in registered voters has been more pronounced than that of at least some recent election years. In 2014, for example, voter registration went up by just 1,129 people during the same three-month period leading up to that year’s primary election.

Meanwhile, of the total number of New Mexico registered voters as of March 31, roughly 46 percent – or 561,705 – were registered Democrats and about 31 percent – or 377,715 – were registered as Republicans, with the rest either declining to state a party affiliation or being members of another political party.

Although most voters are registered as Democrats or Republicans, the 2.7 percent increase in voters affiliated with minor political parties – including the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties – actually outpaced the growth of voters registered with major parties during the recent three-month period. There were 40,652 voters registered with minor political parties as of March 31.

The turnout was below average for New Mexico’s last presidential year primary election, with only about 25 percent of registered Democratic voters and 24 percent of Republicans casting ballots in the 2012 primary.

May 10: Voter registration deadline
May 10: Absentee voting begins (including in-person at county clerk’s office)
May 21: Early voting begins at alternative sites
June 3: Last day county clerks may mail an absentee ballot
June 4: Absentee and early voting ends
June 7: Primary election


SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN: Our View: This election, N.M. votes matter
Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2016 7:00 pm
The New Mexican

In a political year like no other, it appears that the New Mexico primary election — despite being held in June — could matter this presidential year.

Both the GOP and Democratic battle for the nomination is going the distance. Voters in New Mexico, who generally never get a choice in their party’s presidential primary — the nominee is already selected — can make a difference come June 7.

For the GOP, the race is between Donald Trump and Everyone Else, with party establishment types and moderates worried that Trump as nominee will destroy the party not just in 2016 but for the foreseeable future. They want a contested convention, with anyone but Trump being chosen on a second or third ballot. Democrats have a two-person battle, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, a campaign that has turned increasingly nasty in recent days. It’s a fight of math (Clinton leads in votes cast and delegate count) and momentum (Sanders has been winning recent primaries and caucuses, much like Clinton did against eventual winner Barack Obama back in 2008).

New Mexicans should enjoy this rare opportunity to join what has turned into a national pastime, watched by both political junkies and average Joes and Juanas. The nation appears engaged in what happens in the presidential race. That’s a good thing, especially the increased engagement of younger voters and independents who often sit primaries out. Democracy cannot work without citizen participation.

As for the outcome in New Mexico, polling is light and there is uncertainty for both parties. Trump’s no-nonsense approach is likely to attract a segment of New Mexico’s GOP voters; Cruz comes from next-door Texas, and his brand of evangelical conservatism has its adherents in New Mexico.
The Clintons — Bill and Hillary — have a history with New Mexico. Bill Clinton was a protégé of the late Gov. Bruce King, even delivering King’s eulogy. The couple stopped in Albuquerque in 1992, on election night, and visited often (for a president, anyway) over the years. Former Gov. Bill Richardson was a Clinton Cabinet appointee, and many New Mexicans worked for the Clinton administration.

That was the ’90s, though, and a long time ago. Many voters weren’t born when Bill Clinton was president. As we in Santa Fe know, younger people and progressives love Bernie Sanders and will be organized and emphatic in their support of the Vermont senator. Enthusiasm goes a long way to winning primaries, and the more extreme members of the base in both parties often turn out in greater numbers. New Mexicans, though, have the opportunity to matter this primary season.

Trump is struggling to get to 1,237 delegates to win the nomination in the first round, and New Mexico has 24 GOP delegates at stake. Clinton needs 2,383 delegates, and even New Mexico’s 43 delegates can help her (or Sanders) reach the finish line.

As a border state, the rhetoric of this campaign, especially on the GOP side, matters. The wall that Trump is promising to build would snake across New Mexico, to the detriment of the environment and to the people who live there. His ugly rhetoric about Mexicans disgusts most New Mexicans, even those who cling to Spanish ancestry. They’re smart enough to realize that to racists, all brown skin looks alike.
GOP Gov. Susana Martinez — who endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio just before he flamed out — has called her party on its ugly language about immigrants. So far, she hasn’t weighed in on Trump v. Cruz. (And least we forget, Ohio Gov. John Kasich remains in the primary; he’s counting on being the sane choice on a third round of voting at the convention.)

Democrats have had the pleasure, until recently, of watching a substantive campaign between two smart, qualified candidates. Last week’s descent into discussions of whether Clinton is “qualified” to be president — a mistake on Sanders’ part to go there — is an exception. He has walked back his unfortunate statement. We trust the Democrats will get back to what matters, presenting their policy solutions to the nation’s problems. As Clinton stated so clearly: “I’ll take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz anytime.” That’s the right idea.

After all, once the primaries end, both parties have to abandon rancor and unite behind their party’s nominee. The less personal the debate, the more likely a party can enter the general election united. Come November, New Mexicans have another consideration, too. Former Gov. Gary Johnson is running for president as a Libertarian.

The lengthy primary season has exposed the nation to raw politics in its best and worst. Importantly for New Mexicans, this drawn-out fight gives voters here the unusual opportunity to influence the presidential election. Let’s not pass it up.

Felicia Salazar
Communications Director
Democratic Party of New Mexico

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Apr 08 2016

Get ready – get set to Vote!!

10966_vote buttonThe New Mexico Primary is approaching! 

You’ve probably heard a lot about primary elections in other states – Iowa- New Hampshire-New York, etc.  And you’ve probably wondered if New Mexico is in the mix.  We are!!  The primary election in New Mexico is on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  Get Ready!  Soon we’ll have advertisements, activities, exhortations to go vote.  I’m sure you are planning to vote.



Here are some dates you’ll want to know about:

  • May 10, 2016 is the last day to register to vote to participate in the Primary election.
  • May 11, 2016 – in person absentee voting begins at the County Court House.
  • May 20- June 4 – in person Early Voting at various sites throughout Sandoval County

See http://www.sandovalcounty.com/uploads/Downloads/Divisions/BOE/2016AbsenteeDateTime.pdf for the list of voting sites.

  • June 7, 2016 – New Mexico Primary election.  Voting sites at the Sandoval County clerk web site.

Some of you are interested in becoming delegates to the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It’s a process to be selected as a delegate.  There will be a training on this process at UNM West in Rio Rancho on Thursday, April 14 at 6 PM.  The training should last about an hour.  You will learn a lot!

After the Primary, Sandoval County will hold a meeting on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  We will combining our Ward meetings with our County Convention at the Bernalillo High School Cafeteria.  The meeting will begin at 1 PM.  We will select 74 people to help decide who will go to the National Convention.   State Central Committee members are not automatically included in this group.  SCC members need to attend the meeting and be elected a participant in the process.  Following our County meeting, each Congressional District will hold a meeting and select delegates.  There will also be a state meeting to select the at-large delegates.

The rules for the Delegate Selection Process are posted on the Web site for the Democratic Party of New Mexico.


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Apr 05 2016

DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama’s Announcement to Visit New Mexico

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

The first lady will deliver commencement address at the Santa Fe Indian School Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland, the first Native American woman to lead a statewide party in New Mexico, welcomed the announcement that First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) on May 26.

“I am so excited that First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at SFIS,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland. “The young people who attend high school there are the future leaders of their tribal communities and of our state, and this experience will be an inspiring memory for them.”

Chairwoman Haaland also credited President Obama for his initiatives to engage tribal communities.
“President Obama has demonstrated an invested interest in Indian communities– he has consistently worked to ensure tribes have a seat at the table and that decisions affecting our communities are made with our input. His efforts have truly made a difference and will shape how future government to government interactions are managed.”

The First Lady’s participation in the Santa Fe Indian School’s commencement is part of President Obama’s White House Generation Indigenous Initiative, which focuses on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, cultural approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.

The Santa Fe Indian School is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos and is a leader in Native American education.

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Mar 11 2016




Local Contact: Judi Walker, jwalker@sandovalcountynm.gov, 505-867-7579
NACo CONTACT: Brian Namey, bnamey@naco.org, 202.942.4220

LauraMMontoyaWASHINGTON, D.C. – Sandoval County Treasurer Laura M. Montoya was recently elected Vice Chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Next Generation Network, a group of approximately 300 county officials and staff dedicated to professional development and community service.

“It’s an honor to serve as a leader in NACo’s Next Generation Network. I look forward to sharing our experiences and expertise in developing sound policies at the national level,” Montoya said.  “We share a passion for public service and address issues that affect counties across the country.”

The Next Generation Network provides a forum for young county officials nationwide to network, become engaged in NACo and develop a new generation of leaders.  It identifies and supports the educational and professional development needs of leaders and draws on their talents, ideas and expertise to inform NACo’s work.

The Next Generation Network incorporates a service project during their annual meeting. As part of NACo’s 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition in Los Angeles County, Calif., Next Generation is planning a service project which will focus on packaging and delivering hygiene and food products to help combat poverty.

Montoya has been active in NACo since 2013 and is a member of NACo’s Programs and Services Standing Committee and the Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee. Montoya is also a member of the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurer’s and Finance Officers (NACCTFO).  Montoya was appointed by NACo President Sallie Clark to serve as Vice Chair of the Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee (FPIGA) which comprises almost 100 elected officials.


The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.  More information at: www.naco.org.


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