PHOTO: DPNM Kicks Off Tribal & Rural Community Initiative at Democratic Candidate Forum in Navajo Country

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Democratic Candidates at candidate forum to kick off DPNM’s Tribal and Rural Community Initiative at the Iyanbito Chapter House in Navajo Country.

Gallup, N.M. – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) kicked off its Tribal and Rural Community Initiative at a candidate forum at the Iyanbito Chapter House in Navajo Country. At the event, community members heard from many candidates including, Secretary of State candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Second Congressional District candidate Merrie Lee Soules, and NM Court of Appeals Judge candidate Julie Vargas.

“It was great to see so many qualified Democratic candidates in Indian Country today–it’s truly inspiring to see this community engaged in the issues that concern all New Mexicans,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Democrats work for a meaningful government-to-government relationship with tribes, and we always strive to have a better understanding of the needs and issues in our native communities. DPNM’s Tribal and Rural Community Initiative will make sure tribal and rural issues are a priority in the 2016 election, as well as encourage tribal members and rural folks to get involved.”

New Mexico Democrats are committed to building an economy that works for all New Mexicans. DPNM’s Tribal and Rural Community Initiative works to ensure tribal members and rural residents have a voice in our election process. This initiative will engage our diverse communities by:

  • Providing residents in tribal and rural communities the opportunity to meet candidates.
  • Increasing voter outreach and registration of tribal members and rural residents.
  • Holding listening sessions to better understand the issues that tribal and rural communities are concerned about.
  • Encouraging tribal members and rural residents to get involved by volunteering, supporting their candidates, or running for office.