Deb Haaland: Weekly Update

Dear Fellow Democrats,

This week I’m proud to send you a special message from the National Political director of the DNC, our own Raul Alvillar. From time-to-time, I’ll ask prominent Democrats to address you, because it’s important for us to interact with each other in our Democratic Family. Please pass Raul’s message on to other Democrats you know!

I also wanted to acknowledge the passing of Ernest S. Barela on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Ernie was an active participant in county and state Democratic politics for over 50 years, and we deeply appreciate his dedication. Memorial services were held at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church on Fourth and Alameda Streets in Albuquerque. The Barela family thanks all of Ernie’s friends in the Democratic Party for making his life so blessed. He will be missed by many.

In your service,


Debra A. Haaland
Democratic Party of New Mexico

Dear Fellow Democrats,

Happy Monday! It’s such a pleasure to have this opportunity to address my home state Democrats! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Raul Alvillar and I’m the National Political Director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). But, just as important, I’m also a fellow New Mexican; I was raised in Tome in Valencia County.

Raul Alvillar

Raul Alvillar

I began my career in politics as a volunteer for the Democratic Party of New Mexico, so I know the importance of unlocking the potential of our volunteers and interns. It is with that in mind that I am proud to support my former intern, Joe Kabourek, who is now your new Executive Director. Joe interned for me and our illustrious CEO, Amy Dacey, 10 years ago on Senator John Kerry’s political team when I was the Deputy National Political Director and she was the National Political Director. As such, I am so happy that he has been chosen to lead the day-to-day operations of the Democratic Party in my home state! Joe understands the challenges Democrats in both New Mexico and around the country face heading into the 2016 election, and I know he will do a great job for our candidates up and down the ticket. As a fellow New Mexican, I ask that you give him your full support.

Joe represents the unique traits that are found within our party. That mix of passion, commitment to community, and professionalism is something that I am proud to say are major tenets of our party. I see it every day here at the DNC. Just recently, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. We deployed messaging and organizing tools, and reached out to our friends and allies to reinforce our commitment towards protecting every Americans’ right to vote. We have also been focused on holding Republicans’ feet to the fire, holding them accountable for their out-of-touch policy views. Each Republican in the recent debate unveiled extreme ideas that would take our country backwards. And every day, New Mexicans have to live under the corrupt Martinez administration, which has little to show for over four years in office.

We all know that the Republican path to victory depends on the American people not paying attention to their words and actions—words and actions that are not good for the country, and certainly not good for New Mexico. That is precisely why we need to be vigilant in our messaging, and maintain the passion, commitment, and professionalism that are paramount to our party, both nationally and locally.

As we near 2016, it is critical that you get involved with the Democratic Party of New Mexico! We must ensure that Republicans are held accountable! Every Democrat who becomes active will play a major part in returning our great state to safe Democratic hands. I want all of you to be a part of our victory!


Raul Alvillar
DNC National Political Director