DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison Will Join DPNM to Honor 2017 Rising Stars, Outstanding Volunteers at Annual Dinner

Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico will be joined by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Deputy Chair Keith Ellison at the Annual DPNM Rising Star Dinner to honor this years’ Rising Stars and outstanding volunteers. The annual event will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque.

“It’s the volunteers, activists, friends and leaders of our party that do the hard work every day to ensure a brighter future for New Mexico families,”said DNC Deputy Chair Ellison. “Democrats in New Mexico are working to create good paying jobs, better schools and provide access to healthcare – the future is bright for the Democratic Party in this state.”

Angelica Rubio and Daymon Ely, legislators for New Mexico House Districts 35 and 23 respectively, will be honored as the 2017 Democratic Rising Stars Friday evening. The Democratic Party of New Mexico will also recognize outstanding volunteers from across the state, who have consistently supported the Democratic Party of New Mexico and exemplify Democratic values.

“Angelica Rubio and Daymon Ely are dedicated to the future of New Mexico families and have shown the capacity to become great leaders in our state,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “And our volunteers are in every corner of New Mexico working tirelessly to better our communities and elect Democratic candidates—it is an honor to recognize them for their hard work.”

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Background

 N.M. Representative Angelica Rubio

N.M. RepresentativeAngelica Rubio represents New Mexico House District 35 in Las Cruces. Her focus on social justice and meaningful solutions to build local economies during the 2017 legislative session included bills that would protect New Mexico immigrant communities, increase wages for working families, and keep college affordable for students in New Mexico.

N.M. Representative Rubio was born and raised in New Mexico by immigrant parents in the rural colonia of Lake Arthur. As the youngest of six children, she grew up with a deep working knowledge of the power found in numbers, as well as a flair for making her case. 

Rubio played an important role working as Lead Organizer of the local ballot initiative to raise the Las Cruces minimum wage to $10.10 by 2019. In addition to her extensive of work in activism and community organizing, you can frequently find her on Twitter at @anrubio and @thetortillakid (and a number of other social media platforms) discussing local and state politics, sharing her own personal writing, or discussing pop culture randomness.  

N.M. Representative Daymon Ely

In 2016, Daymon Ely was elected to serve New Mexico House District 23, which encompasses parts of Albuquerque and Corrales, in a wave of Democrats taking back the majority in the N.M. House of Representatives. During his time in the 2017 legislative session he championed bills to bolster solar energy and make our tax system more fair. He also supported efforts to invest in early childhood education. 

N.M. Representative Ely has lived in his house in Corrales for over 30 years. He has been married to Cynthia Fry, a former court of appeals judge, for 32 years. They have two children, Rachel and Asher. Ely is a proud father of a former cub scout and was a referee at the local youth soccer league when his children were young.

He is known for walking his district, listening to constituents, and raising important economic issues during interim committee meetings. 

DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison was born and raised in Detroit, MI and moved to Minneapolis for law school, graduating in 1990.  After law school, Ellison worked as a civil rights lawyer and an organizer around social justice issues. In 2002, he was elected to the Minnesota State Legislature. In 2006, he became the first Muslim elected to Congress and in 2010, he became Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of Democrats. Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District has one of the highest rates of voter turnout in the nation. In 2015, Ellison unveiled the Voters First Campaign, which aimed to increase voter turnout through grassroots organizing, campaign coordination, and low-dollar fundraising.

In 2017, Ellison joined DNC Chair Tom Perez to rebuild, organize, and modernize the Democratic National Committee.

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