DPNM Joined by U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond in Announcing 2016 Rising Stars, Outstanding Volunteers


(Left to Right) Rising Star Ane Romero, candidate for N.M. House District 15, DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland, and Rising Star Nathan Small, candidates for N.M. House District 36 at the Annual DPNM Rising Star Dinner.


U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond delivers the keynote address at the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Rising Star Dinner

Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico was joined by U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond (D-La.) at the Annual DPNM Rising Star Dinner Saturday evening. At the event, the Party announced the 2016 Democratic Rising Stars and recognized the hard work of two outstanding volunteers.

“I was honored to join the tremendous volunteers, activists, friends and leaders of our party in New Mexico,” said U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond. “Their energy and resolve were inspiring. The future of the Democratic Party is bright in New Mexico and I look forward to the countless victories we will have in the near future!”

Ane Romero and Nathan Small, candidates for New Mexico House Districts 15 and 36, respectively were named as the 2016 Democratic Rising Stars Saturday evening. The Democratic Party of New Mexico also recognized outstanding volunteers Willie Marquez and Cheryl Harris, who have consistently supported the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Democratic candidates across the state for decades.

“Ane Romero and Nathan Small have shown the capacity and the dedication to become great leaders in our state, and exemplify exactly what our communities need–devoted public servants who are committed to Democratic values,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We’re incredibly proud to show our gratitude to Willie Marquez and Cheryl Harris. They have both worked tirelessly for the Party and our Democratic candidates over the years.”

Background on Ane Romero, Candidate for N.M. House District 15

Ane Romero is a nationally recognized award winning mental health policy advocate, speaker, and trainer who was born and raised in New Mexico. She has a long-standing record of dedicated public service and has fought to protect some of our state’s most vulnerable populations.

While still in college, she wrote NM Senate Joint Memorial 61, which became one of the state’s earliest pieces of mental health legislation to pass the New Mexico State Legislature. This led to a request from the New Mexico Department of Education to participate in helping to re-write the Benchmarks and Standards for New Mexico School’s K-12 health curriculum.

Ane Romero will fight for quality education for every child and work towards a system that supports educators, will work towards rebuilding our economy by supporting small business and creating advancements for a skilled and trained workforce and will continue to work towards real and innovative solutions to ensure the well-being and safety of our communities.

Background on Nathan Small, Candidate for N.M. House District 36

Nathan is a third generation New Mexican, from a family of educators and ranchers. An avid sportsman and horseman, he was a strong advocate for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

Serving two terms as Las Cruces City Councilor, he chaired the City of Las Cruces Economic Development Committee and is a past board chair for the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley. In 2011 he received the Excellence in Range Management Award from the Society of Range Management and in 2012 was named Citizen of the Year by the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.