With 2016 coming to a close, it’s a good time for reflection upon the last year. New Mexico was a beacon of hope and optimism in a year when the national election did was nothing short of disappointing. DPNM worked to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, and worked to give back to the communities that help them thrive. Here’s a look back at DPNM’s biggest hits of 2016.
1. Democrats sweep the state on Election Day!
New Mexico Democrats were successful on election day! DPNM delivered a victory to Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, took back the majority in the New Mexico House of Representatives, expanded the Democratic majority in the New Mexico Senate, elected Maggie Toulouse Oliver to the Secretary of State’s Office, and put Julie Vargas on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Not only that, Democrats won all the way down the ballot.
2. Northern New Mexico Bus Tour
Just before election day, DPNM embarked on a bus tour around Northern New Mexico, campaigning for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other local candidates including Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Tom Udall, and Ben Ray Luján. The tour gave voters an opportunity to meet Democratic and get information about early voting.
3. DPNM is officially debt free!
At the Democratic Party of New Mexico State Central Committee Meeting in Silver City, DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland announced that the Party is officially debt-free. The Chairwoman and the board made a goal to eliminate the Party’s debt, which was inherited from previous administrations. The goal was accomplished in just a year and half.
4. County Party Office Grand Openings
In 2016, many Democratic County Parties opened offices to assist candidates during the election. Each county office served as a place to organize get out the vote efforts and host campaign events. DPNM would like to thank each county party for their efforts to elect Democrats this election.
5. The DPNM Newsletter and Dem of the Week Feature
This year, DPNM interns started a newsletter to update Dems across New Mexico on local and national events and issues. The newsletter covered topics such as the 2016 Presidential election, local elections, and issues important to New Mexicans including mental health care, women’s rights, and climate change.
The DPNM newsletter also kicked off a Dem of the Week feature which highlights many Dems making a difference around New Mexico. While many Dems were recognized this year, there are still many more creating change in their communities.
6. Democratic Electors Cast New Mexico’s Five Electoral Votes for Hillary Clinton
Though the final outcome of the national election was not what we hoped for, New Mexico was a bright blue spot for Hillary Clinton, and on December 19 our electors cast our five electoral votes for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. And the meeting of electors was conducted by the newly-elected Democratic Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
7. Rising Stars Ane Romero and Nathan Small
This year, DPNM had the honor of recognizing two Dems who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. Ane Romero and Nathan Small were named DPNM’s Rising Stars.
8. The New Mexico Democratic Pre-Primary Convention
On Mar. 12, the Democratic Party of New Mexico hosted the Pre-Primary Convention, packing Isleta Resort and Casino with Party delegates and activists. Democrats gathered from across the state, creating a sense of community and left the convention with energy and hope for the coming year.
9. Record Breaking Early Voting Turnout
Democrats turnout in record numbers during early voting this year. From the first day of early voting all the way through Election Day, Democrats showed up to the polls and cast their ballots across the state.
10. A Memorable Democratic National Convention
New Mexico Democratic Delegates travelled to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, where DPNM launched its Snapchat and Instagram profiles. At the convention Chaiwoman Debra Haaland and U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced New Mexico’s delegate votes, and New Mexico’s Democratic delegates participated in a memorable national convention which included speeches from President Obama, Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham among many other prominent Democratic leaders.