Jan 28 2015

First Friday Luncheon Feb 6

It’s almost February; so, that means it’s time to get ready for Ground Hog Day, and our First Friday luncheon.

But before that, VOTE in your school board election on February 3.  These are typically low-turnout elections; so, your vote will make a huge difference!  All districts have elections.

Join us on Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Range in Bernalillo from 11:30am to 1 PM.  We have a great program planned with Pat Davis of Progress Now New Mexico.  Pat will talk about some pressing issues in the Legislature as well as some ideas for messaging and getting folks involved.  Don’t miss this one!  Let me know if you can make it as space is limited. Please RSVP by email to me right away/

Sandoval County will be having our Ward Meetings during the week of March 21 to March 28.  These meetings will select representatives to  the County Central Committee meeting on April 11.  That meeting will elect folks to the State Central Committee which will then elect new leadership for the Democratic Party of New Mexico on April 25.  You can help shape the Party, starting with your Ward meeting.  We will post a full schedule of all the meetings by Valentines Day (February 14 – another event to plan for).

Looking forward to getting your emailed RSVP right away, and to seeing you at the Range in Bernalillo on Friday, February 6, at 11:30am!





Jan 27 2015

United Voices for Our Students’ Rally

The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFT NM) and the National Education Association – New Mexico (NEA-NM) will unite for a Moral Monday March and Rally in Santa Fe Monday, February 16, 2015.

”Educators from across New Mexico along with our Labor and community allies will gather in solidarity at 11 a.m. at the Santa Fe Rail Yards.   We will then march to the roundhouse, where at a brief second rally participants will be encouraged to visit their legislators’ offices.   We will raise our collective voice to oppose legislative proposals detrimental to our profession, our students and our communities,” said NEA-NM President Patterson.

“We must reclaim the promise of America by fighting for all students to have the right to succeed and to be treated as individuals.  We must reclaim respect for education professionals, and we must ensure respect for working families is the law of the land in New Mexico.  There is no better way to achieve these goals than to exercise our collective right of assembly and petition our elected officials,” said AFT NM President Ly.

Combined, AFT NM and NEA-NM represent all public education employees and higher education employees throughout New Mexico.

If you have questions contact:  John Dyrcz (505-554-8679) or Charles Goodmacher (505-450-3155).


Jan 21 2015

Representative Ben Ray Lujan to Hold Mobile Office Hours on Thursday


Congressman Ben Ray Luján’s staff will hold mobile office hours in the Third District on Thursday, January 22, 2015.  Mobile office hours provide constituents who may not have the means or time to travel to one of Luján’s six district offices greater access to the services offered.  Staff will be on hand to assist residents who have questions regarding Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ services, and other federal programs.


When:             11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:           Paradise Hills Community Center

5901 Paradise Blvd. NW

Albuquerque, NM 87144


When:             11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:           Española Senior Center

735 Vietnam Veterans Road

Española, NM 87532


When:             10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where:           Gallup Community Food Pantry

1130 Hassler Valley Road

Gallup, NM 87301


When:             11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:           Hogback Tsa Daa Kaan Senior Center

U.S. Highway 64, Milemarker 26

Shiprock, NM 87420

Jan 20 2015

State of the Union

President Obama will deliver the State of the Union at 9:00 p.m. ET tonight. Before then, share this graphic to show your support — and don’t forget to tune in.

POTUS Speech



Jan 09 2015

An Invitation from Senator John Sapien

Dear Sandoval Democrats

I’d like to invite you to join me for a conversation about the upcoming legislative session.

I am proposing we meet at the Flying Star in Corrales from 2-4 pm on January 23rd. This is the first Friday of the Legislative session and historically a day which Legislators can use to get back to the folks in their district.

I will arrange for the conference room at the Flying Star which has capacity for holding 30 people.  I hope that you will fit this conversation into your schedule.

I look forward to talking with you.

John Sapien

Dec 31 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon

Please join the Souther Christian Leadership Conference of New Mexico for a Martin Luther King Celebration  January 19.  Marcus Goodie Goodloe will be the featured speaker for this luncheon at Club Rio Rancho.


Dec 15 2014

25th Annual Democratic Party of NM Legislative Dinner

Please Join Us for The

25th Annual Democratic Party of New Mexico

Legislative Dinner

Thursday, January 20th

6:00pm VIP Reception | 7:00pm Dinner

La Fonda Hotel

100 E San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

Join us for a night to mix and mingle with our democratic leaders in the NM House and Senate
$100 – SCC Member Dinner Ticket
$200 – Individual Guest Dinner Ticket
$350 – VIP Reception and Dinner Ticket
$25/Month – Sustained Giver Ticket
Sponsorship and Table Purchases available–DEADLINEJanuary 5, 2015

Please purchase by January 12, 2015

Special Hotel Rates:


La Fonda–$94 (book by 12/27/14)

Hotel Santa Fe–$75 ( book by 12/20/14)

mention DPNM to receive special room rates


Please contact Danika Padilla for sponsorship opportunities, table purchases, or to RSVP at

Your contribution will be used in connection with federal elections.  Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the names, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of the individuals whose contributions exceed $200 per calendar year.

Contributions are not tax deductible for state and federal income tax purposes.

Dec 01 2014

Your Help Is Needed!!!!

As you know the Land Commissioner race was so close that an automatic recount of votes is required.  The recount is scheduled to begin December 8.  If you have the time to be an observer at the recount please contact Marg Elliston (margelliston@comcast.net).





Nov 19 2014

Exciting News for New Mexico Democrats

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered great and exciting news for New Mexico Democrats.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján will lead our campaign to elect House Democrats in the 2016 election.

Nancy Pelosi had this to say about our Congressman:

I know that Congressman Luján has the fresh voice and grassroots perspective we need to deliver Democratic wins in difficult races. And just as importantly, I know he will be a tireless champion for the middle-class and for all those working to get there.

Since his election in 2008, Congressman Luján has distinguished himself as a bold progressive leader. He’s worked tirelessly to expand access to quality health care, reform Wall Street, combat climate change, fix our broken immigration system, and expand college affordability.

You can count on Congressman Luján to hold the House Republicans accountable for their reckless agenda — and stand strong for the values we share.

Will you sign my note welcoming Congressman Luján as DCCC Chairman?

Thanks for all you do!

Nancy Pelosi

P.S. One more reason I’m so excited today… Congressman Luján has a deep passion for grassroots organizing. I know he’ll be a perfect fit with the amazing work so many of you are doing in your communities. Please take a second to sign my note welcoming Congressman Luján as DCCC Chairman.


Nov 06 2014

Post Election Reflection

As the Election of 2014 draws to a close, lets celebrate the good news:

Sandoval County helped re-elect Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.   They will return to Washington DC as members of the minority party in Congress. They will need our love and continued support.

Hector Balderas is elected New Mexico Attorney General, Tim Keller will be State Auditor, and Tim Eichenberg will be State Treasurer. Roger Madalena and Stephanie Garcia Richard return to the New Mexico House of Representatives!

We elected an energetic political newcomer, James Dominguez as County Commissioner in District 1. Cindy Mercer will be a District Judge in the 13th Judicial District.

Congratulations to all. We look forward to your service and your continued hard work.

Lots of folks in Sandoval County worked long and hard on the election. We knocked on doors, made phone calls, talked to our friends, handed out literature, waved signs and sat in polling places. In some cases, all our efforts were not enough.

Many thanks to these great candidates who did not quite make it. Antonio Montoya for County Assessor, Jesse James Casaus for Sheriff, Catherine Begaye, Linda Allison, Donna Tillman, and John Wallace who tried to buck the tide for State Representative. Thanks too for Judicial Candidates Christopher Perez and Joshua Sanchez who lost their races for District Court in the 13th Judicial District, to Kerry Kiernan who was not elected to the Court of Appeals, and Charles Aguilar who lost his race for Probate Judge. Statewide candidates Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Ray Powell (possibly pending a recount) did not win nor did Deb Haaland and Gary King. With Gubernatorial Candidate Gary King only winning 38% of the vote in Sandoval, it was a tough election season.

Lets look at the results, celebrate our victories and come together to figure out how to support our elected officials and how to win in 2016. Adelante and onward.

I’ll see you for our First Friday Lunch in December on the 5th at 11:30 at the Range in Bernalillo! Come and tells us what you think we must do for the future. And please bring a can of food for someone in need.   I’ll remind you later. Remember, there is no First Friday luncheon in November.

I’m proud of you and all our candidates. Many thanks. Marg

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