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Congressman Pearce Supports ICE Raids that Hurt Communities in His District

Albuquerque, N.M. – Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Debra Haaland stood up for New Mexico’s immigrant communities today, and demanded respect from Congressman Steve Pearce.  Congressman Pearce declared his support for ICE raids that hurt communities in his district with a statement released earlier this week.

“President Trump and his Republican colleague Steve Pearce have demonstrated incredible hostility toward members of our communities, ” said Chairwoman Haaland. “Our hearts break for the families who have been torn apart in recent days. New Mexicans understand that these ICE raids will have devastating effects, specifically on children. Tearing apart families, arresting domestic violence victims, and making children fearful of going to school is a disgraceful response to people who simply want to be Americans, and it only serves to further denigrate and marginalize our most vulnerable.”

Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver Delivers on Campaign Promise

Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver Delivers on Campaign Promise

Albuquerque N.M –  Today, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland commended Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on her commitment to keep her campaign promise of ensuring transparency in government. Under Secretary Toulouse Oliver’s leadership, the Secretary of State’s Office launched a site that makes it easier for New Mexicans to access candidate and public official financial disclosures.

“Today, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver delivered her campaign promises of reform, transparency, and accountability,” said Chairwoman Haaland. ” Secretary Toulouse Oliver is setting the gold standard in our state and ensuring New Mexicans can trust their government.”

The new web page can be found here.



DPNM Launches Action Teams

DPNM Launches Action Teams

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It’s been a long and scary two weeks since President Trump took the oath. Across the country and right here in New Mexico, progressives are joining together to fight back. That’s why the Democratic Party of New Mexico is organizing statewide action teams to channel this energy into positive results and we need your help!

Can we count on you to participate in one or more of these teams as we work together to fight the Trump administration, hold its Republican allies accountable and support our Democratic elected officials?

Rapid Response Team

DPNM is launching a Rapid Response Team to hold President Trump and New Mexican Republicans accountable. This team, comprised of Democrats across the state and in every political district, will spring into coordinated action to call legislators, submit letters to the editor, gather at events, and spread the word on social media. We need you to help us amplify our message across New Mexico.

NM Democrats in the Community

DPNM is launching a team focused on community service and engagement. Too often, voters only see Democrats in their neighborhoods in the weeks leading up to an election. Whether we volunteer with a community non-profit organization or assist an allied organization under attack, we have a unique opportunity to build the Democratic brand as we make a positive impact in our own neighborhoods.

Voter Registration Team

DPNM is launching a statewide voter registration network that will register voters immediately. We must start working now to create a favorable electorate in 2018.

Click on this link to join a team!

As President Obama said in his farewell speech, “If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes.” Let’s get to work!

Democrats Oppose DeVos Confirmation

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, following the confirmation vote in favor of President Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland released the following statement:

“The confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education was a misstep for this country.  New Mexicans rely on public schools to provide a quality education for their children and Betsy DeVos’s record of supporting privatization efforts and lack of any education experience should have been disqualifying.  The vote today for a billionaire from the political donor class confirms that President Trump has no sincere intention of draining any swamp.

No one understands better than New Mexicans the potential damage that someone like Betsy DeVos can do to an education system.  New Mexico’s Public Education Department, under the leadership of Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera, serves as an unfortunate warning of what happens when public education is gutted.  We are thankful, however, that Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall continued their longstanding support of public education by voting against DeVos.”


DPNM: New Mexico GDP Heading the Wrong Direction Under Gov. Martinez

Albuquerque, N.M. – Governor Martinez’s lack of leadership on the economy was highlighted in a new report today from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).  The BEA, a federal government agency under the Department of Commerce, released new gross domestic product (GDP) data for the third quarter of 2016.  The BEA’s analysis placed New Mexico at the bottom of GDP growth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the quarter.  According to the BEA’s statement, GDP growth for the quarter in New Mexico was -0.1 percent. Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, issued the following statement Thursday in response to this analysis:

“We are once again seeing New Mexico at the bottom of a positive economic indicator list.  Under Governor Martinez’s leadership, New Mexico’s economic prospects have continuously worsened to the point that our economy is actually shrinking.  This is just one more sign that Governor Martinez’s failed Republican economic agenda is not working for the state.  For New Mexico to turn around, the state must invest in early childhood education and work toward creating good-paying jobs, not enacting tax cuts for the well-connected.”

This Bureau of Economic Analysis release comes shortly after a report highlighting stagnant population growth in New Mexico resulting from a faltering economy.

DPNM: New Mexicans Categorically Reject Violence & Discrimination

Albuquerque N.M – Democratic Party of New Mexico issued the following statement regarding the bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque:

“The Democratic Party of New Mexico condemns any type of violence against our communities solely based on how they pray. Diversity is our country’s and our state’s greatest asset.  Whether it is a bomb threat against the Jewish Community Center or someone setting fire to a Mosque in Texas, the Democratic Party of New Mexico stands with people of all faiths in rejecting violence and hate.”

Will NM GOP Leaders Stand With Trump on Taxpayer-Funded Border Wall?

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Executive Action to build a U.S. taxpayer-funded border wall on the border with Mexico:

“In New Mexico, we have always valued our hardworking immigrant communities, and our diversity. These values are now being attacked by President Trump and we must do everything we can to keep families together. On top of that, President Trump lied to the American people when he said the Mexican government would pay for the wall. Instead, President Trump is going to stick taxpayers with a $25,000,000,000 bill.

The United States of America was founded by immigrants, and throughout history, our greatest strength has been our diversity. Will President Trump’s New Mexican allies – Congressman Steve Pearce, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, and Governor Susana Martinez – stand idly by and allow New Mexican taxpayer dollars to be spent attacking hard-working communities?”

Chairwoman Haaland’s Statement on Trump’s DAPL Executive Actions

Albuquerque, N.M. – This morning president Donald Trump signed executive actions advancing both the Keystone XL (KXL) and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) projects. In part, the memo allegedly provides for expedited environmental reviews and approvals, which appear to move the controversial projects forward.  In the press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reinforced the notion that President Trump wants to ensure that taxpayers “get the best deal,” and that he works with all parties involved.

Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) and the first Native American chair of a state party, released the following statement on President Trump’s executive actions Tuesday afternoon:

“It is clear to me that President Trump has not worked with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe or the Cherokee Nation who fiercely oppose both the DAPL and the KXL projects, respectively.  He misses the point that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have fought this project because of its negative impact on their drinking water and the environment.

The president’s actions plainly demonstrate that Indian Tribes are not part of his vision for who should benefit from these ‘deals.’  President Trump cannot lay claim to ‘getting the best deal’ for Americans if it comes at the expense of the well-being of indigenous peoples.  These pipelines are a direct threat to sacred Indian sites.”

Based on his most recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission, President Trump owned stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline.  A spokesman for the president stated that he sold his stock in the company prior to the election, but he has failed to provide any documentation to verify that as true.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico has previously opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Chairwoman Haaland’s Statement on State of the State Address

Chairwoman Haaland’s Statement on State of the State Address

Santa Fe, N.M. –Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) released the following statement after Governor Martinez State of the State Address:

“Once again, Governor Martinez was unsuccessful in delivering for New Mexican families. Her speech did not address the real problems that New Mexico is facing over the next Legislative session, with a budget shortfall and a deficient state economy. The failed Republican economic agenda is not only wrong for New Mexico, but is also reckless for our state’s economy. We cannot afford to cut our way to prosperity. New Mexicans deserve real solutions that will benefit everyone, not just Governor Martinez’s corporate welfare program. Gov. Martinez would rather play partisan politics and help her corporate donors than help hard working New Mexican families. Because New Mexico is the worst run State in the countryranks 49th in child well-being, and is home to a 6.7% unemployment rate, New Mexicans will no longer buy what the Governor is selling.

Over the next 60 days, Democrats will focus on real solutions that will benefit every New Mexican by making investments in education, fighting for Medicaid and raising the minimum wage. Democrats in the N.M. House and the N.M. Senate are ready to get down to business and make real progress for New Mexico families.”

Be A Party Leader: Guide to Running for a DPNM Office

Be A Party Leader: Guide to Running for a DPNM Office

Be A Party Leader

We need Democrats across New Mexico to step up to be leaders in our party. Whether you want to lead your local precinct or serve as a state party officer, there is a place for you and your talents!

Click here to sign up to become more involved.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico is governed by a State Party chair, Party officers, and the State Central Committee members (SCC), all of whom are elected at the SCC Meeting every two years. These elections will take place on April 29th, 2017 in Albuquerque. The SCC is comprised of Democrats from each county across our state. At the local level, the party is governed by County officers and ward/precinct captains.

To lead the party at any level you must be a registered Democrat committed to the election of each and every Democratic nominee for public office.

Ward/Precinct Elections

One of the best ways to get involved on a grassroots level is to serve as a ward/precinct officer. Precinct chair responsibilities include organizing neighborhood phone banks, door knocking events, and assisting with County Party events. In order to run, show up to your ward/precinct elections this Spring. To learn about the date, time, and place of your meeting, reach out to your local county party or contact us here at DPNM so we can put you in touch with the right people!

At your local meeting, you will also vote to elect Democrats to represent your community on the County Central Committee. The County Central Committee is empowered to govern the county party and its members will vote for County Party officers as well as State Central Committee members.

County Party Elections

In each odd number year, the County Central Committee will convene to elect their County Party leadership and State Central Committee members. These meetings will take place between March 18th and April 8th. Please reach out to your local county party or contact us here at DPNM so we can put you in touch with the right people to get the precise information.

State Central Committee Meeting

At the 2017 Spring State Central Committee Meeting, State Central Committee members elect the chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. This meeting will be held in Albuquerque on April 29th (specific location will be announced soon).

The State Central Committee meets twice a year, according to the Democratic Party of New Mexico Rules. The SCC is the supreme governing body of Democratic Party of New Mexico.

For specific job descriptions of party officers as well as rules explaining the voting process at any of these meetings, please refer to the Rules of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Read the full Rules of the New Mexico Democratic Party here.

If you have any questions at all about how to get involved, give us a call at (505) 830-3650 so we can walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have!