Dec 10 2017

First Friday Luncheon and Other Announcements

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Sandoval County Democrats December News 

The Sandoval County Commission is scheduled to consider their Right to Work ordinance on Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Check the Sandoval County web site for the agenda that has not yet been posted as I write this. Come to the meeting to let the Commissioners know that this ordinance is unnecessary, will not help economic development in our county and will cost us thousands in later legal fees to fight an illegal ordinance.  Some folks refer to this effort as Right to Work for Less – an initiative of the Koch funded Americans for Prosperity (for Billionaires)

When you get out your calendar for 2018, be sure to enter the First Friday luncheon  on January 5, 2018 at the Range in Bernalillo from 11:30 to 1 PM.  We’ll hear about the upcoming legislative session and hear from candidates, including, but not limited to, Joe Cervantes for Governor and Bill McCamley for Auditor.  With more candidates announcing everyday, we’ll invite them to introduce themselves to us as well.

At the last First Friday luncheon, we discussed the GOP Tax Scam working its way through the Congress.  Folks are encouraged to call Senators Udall and Heinrich to thank them for standing strong in the Senate and to make calls to neighboring states to ask representatives to oppose this enormous hold-up of the middle class.

Vicki Harrison from Common Cause New Mexico was our featured speaker.  She works on good government issues, ethics and voters rights.  Some of the issues that Vicki will bring to the 2018 legislative session include an Ethics Commission, automatic voter registration, and adequate policies and procedures to encourage reporting of sexual harassment. Vicki also presented a card which ranks all our elected New Mexico representatives and senators according to their support for good government.  You can obtain this information at or on the Common Cause NM web site:

Garrett Vene Klassen and Stephanie Garcia Richard, both candidates for NM Land Commissioner, presented their positions for that office.

County Commissioner Ken Eichwald addressed the luncheon as well and received thanks for representing us on the Commission.

We also heard from County Probate Judge candidate Eddie Torres as well as R. Benton Howell running for House District 44.

Tom Swisstack, running for Mayor of Rio Rancho, asked folks to go to his website – to volunteer on his campaign.

Chris Daul announced events for Kathy Bruch, candidate for County Commission District 1.

Alexis Jimenez, chair of Ward E, announced her candidacy for House District 60 representing Rio Rancho.

Victor Reyes spoke for Michele Lujan Grisham’s campaign for Governor.  Chris Garcia announced the campaign kick-off events for Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Bill Mast talked about his re-election campaign for Magistrate Judge in Sandoval County.

Sandoval Democrats worked to fulfill the wishes of needy families who participate in the PB and J Family Services Program in Bernalillo.  Through your generosity, Christmas is going to be happier for several families in our community.

The Democratic Party of Sandoval County will select delegates to the State Pre-Primary Convention which will be held March 10, 2018.  Our Wards will meet on February 3, 2018,  and the County Convention follows.  We are working on the details now and will post the information on our web site – when it is finalized.

We wish you a wonderful holiday with friends and family.  Gather your energy for the challenges ahead.  Let’s sweep the municipal elections March 6, 2018!  And then its on to the Primary election June 5, 2018 and the election of a new Governor on November 6, 2018.  Let’s flip the US House of Representatives then as well!


472 Priestley Road
Corrales, NM 87048

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