New Mexico Democrats Creating Opportunity for All New Mexicans • Democratic Party of New Mexico Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:39:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Mexico Democrats 32 32 56714816 TODAY: McCamley & DPNM to Answer Questions on Governor Martinez’s Pay-to-Play Scandal Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:39:01 +0000 Continue reading

Breaking news story reveals multiple connections of misuse and abuse by Governor Susana Martinez’s administration  

Albuquerque, NM. – Today, Thursday, September 21, 2017, N.M. Representative Bill McCamley and Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Richard Ellenberg will be available to answer questions on a breaking news story covering Governor Martinez’s pay-to-play tactics. In a major breakthrough, International Business Times reported an in depth look into the details of donations to Governor Martinez’s campaign and the wasteful use of tax payer dollars by the Martinez administration to give special advantages to donors.

After the news broke, Democratic N.M. Representative and Chair of the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee Bill McCamley immediately called for an investigation to determine whether the Republican administration is again putting the interests of their well-connected friends ahead of New Mexico families. Letter is attached.

***Press interested in covering the call for investigation should email***

WHAT: Press conference

WHEN: Today, Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11am

WHERE: 530 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

McCamley Calls for Investigation After Major Break-through in Gov. Martinez Pay-to-play Scanda Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:55:59 +0000 Continue reading

Las Cruces, N.M. – Today,  Democratic N.M. Representative and Chair of the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee Bill McCamley called for an investigation after International Business Times reported a major break through in another Governor Martinez pay-to-play scandal. The news article goes in depth into the details of donations to Governor Martinez’s campaign and the wasteful use of tax payer dollars by the Martinez administration to give special advantages to donors.

In a letter to the N.M. Attorney General, N.M. Auditor and U.S. Attorney, N.M. Rep. McCamley writes, “I am concerned, especially given that these investments represent hard working New Mexicans’ public funds.” The letter calls for the New Mexico Attorney General and New Mexico Auditor  to investigate any possible violations of the Governmental Conduct Act, state disclosure laws, campaign finance laws, Securities & Exchange Commission rules and the State Investment Council’s Code of Conduct.

The news story goes on to point out the malicious pattern of pay-to-play tactics in Governor Martinez’s administration including:

In some cases, New Mexico investments flowed to firms whose top officials gave directly to Martinez — even though the Securities and Exchange Commission’s pay-to-play rule aims to prevent such donations. Some investments went to donors to the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) — which delivered money to Martinez-linked super PACs. Other investments went to donors to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which Martinez chaired after it spent $2.5 million in New Mexico to boost her campaigns.

This breaking story has major ramifications, and N.M. Representative Bill McCamley is calling for an investigation to determine whether the Republican administration is again putting the interests of their well-connected friends ahead of New Mexico families.

This is not the first time Governor Martinez has been involved in a play-to-play scandal. In 2013, the Governor completely destroyed New Mexico’s behavioral health system to give contracts to donors from Arizona. She received a $5000 donation from K12 Inc., a company the state has employed to run a controversial A-F grading system in the public schools. And in the last legislative session, she tried to get a sweetheart deal for a large campaign contributor through the legislature while leaving them blind about the contributions.

PRESS AVAILABILITY: N.M. Representative McCamley and DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg will be available to answer questions at a Thursday morning press conference. Details forthcoming.


DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison Will Join DPNM to Honor 2017 Rising Stars, Outstanding Volunteers at Annual Dinner Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:23:03 +0000 Continue reading


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.”




 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.


Rising Star Dinner with Keith Ellison Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:48:11 +0000 Continue reading


DPNM’s Rising Star Dinner with Keith Ellison is almost here, and we’re excited to announce that this year’s Rising Stars are New Mexico Representatives Daymon Ely and Angelica Rubio!!!

Daymon Ely is a freshman state legislator for NewMexico House District 23, in Albuquerque and Corrales. He has made a name for himself as a legislator with a focus on the economy, and recently penned a hard hitting op-ed on President Trump’s recent neglect to call white supremacy by its name. You can read it here.

Angelica Rubio is a local activist representing New Mexico House District 35. Her role in pushing for positive change for communities across the state and emphasis on social justice makes her a force in the legislature. You can learn more about what drives Representative Rubio here.

If you want to join us for a night with Congressman and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison, plus honor these two rock star state legislators, get your tickets today!
DPNM Issues Memorandum of Support of New Campaign Finance Transparency Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:34:51 +0000 Continue reading

New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico issued a memorandum of support for the new campaign finance transparency rule adopted by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver after an extensive public comment period.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s memorandum emphasized the Party’s stance to overturn Citizens’ United, a court case that allows for unlimited contributions by large corporations to campaigns, so every eligible voter is guaranteed equal access to the electoral process.

“Ending corporations’ outsized influence in elections is not an easy task, but it is challenge we must address to protect our democracy and ensure government works for New Mexicans. By requiring more disclosure and transparency, New Mexico’s Secretary of State put action to a commitment to end the influence of secret, unaccountable money in politics in New Mexico,” the memorandum reads.

New Mexico’s elections have been bombarded by secretive, dark money and it’s clear that transparency is needed. Recently leaders from both sides of the political spectrum have supported shining light on campaign finance.

Extreme conservative groups, like ALEC and Americans for Prosperity, have used New Mexico’s unclear campaign finance laws to dump money into and influence elections. The Democratic Party of New Mexico recognizes that there are special interests working to influence elections for both sides, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico highlighted the benefits this campaign finance rule will have to make the system more fair and transparent for voters.

Full memorandum of support is available here.

DPNM Statement on Passing of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:14:37 +0000 Continue reading

Albuquerque, NM – The Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici:
“Senator Pete Domenici’s long term service to New Mexico put our state in a position of power in Washington D.C. Though he sat on the other side of the aisle, he understood the role government could play in bolstering our state’s economy and he kept New Mexico’s interests in mind. We are sad to hear of his passing and send our condolences to the Domenici family.” 
ABQ Election Guide Fri, 08 Sep 2017 23:27:54 +0000 Continue reading

Early Voting Day of Action!

Saturday, September 23, 2017
322 Adams St SE, Albuquerque, NM
Join us to canvass fellow Democrats to vote early in the city election for mayor and city council. Pick an hour or two or four to canvass, drive a canvasser or phone bank from the office (bring your own phone). Let’s turn ABQ true blue!

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Important Dates

  • September 5, 2017 – Deadline to Register for Albuquerque Municipal Election
  • September 13 – September 29, 2017 – Early Voting
  • October 3, 2017 – Albuquerque Municipal Election
  • November 14, 2017 – Albuquerque Run-off Election (subject to outcome of Municipal Election)

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N.M. Democrats To Hold Press Teleconference on Trump Rescinding DACA Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:15:40 +0000 Continue reading

New Mexico – Today, Tuesday September 5 at 11a.m., the Democratic Party of New Mexico will hold a press teleconference to discuss the effects the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will have on our communities.

***Press interested in joining the teleconference contact or (505)750-2585***


WHO: Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg
WHAT: Teleconference on Trump Administration’s decision to rescind DACA
WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
RSVP: Please contact or (505)750-2585 for call in information.

Happy Labor Day! Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:00:34 +0000

DPNM Labor Caucus Chair Sarah Attleson shares what Democrats and unions have accomplished for working families. Happy Labor Day, everyone!

Democrats Stand With DACA Recipients, Emphasize the Importance of DACA for Strong Families, Communities Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:00:28 +0000 Continue reading

Push to Protect DACA comes ahead of deadline to end DACA set by 10 Republican attorneys general

Albuquerque, NM – Ahead of an announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from the Trump administration , Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) stood side-by-side with DACA recipients with United We Dream Action at a press conference emphasizing the importance the program to build strong families and communities.

DACA protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children from deportation and allows them to work in the United States.

During the press conference N.M. Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero said, “We believe in keeping families united and rescinding DACA would only tear families apart.”

N.M. Representative and DPNM Hispanic Caucus Co-Chair Roybal Caballero went on to clarify what the DACA program does, “Let there be no misunderstanding, DACA is a program that gives temporary relief for young people from deportation and the ability to work in the United States—DACA is not a pathway to citizenship, DACA does not guarantee federal benefits for youth. DACA is a program created from a movement of young people fighting for a better future whose only home they know is our country,” she said.

Jazmin and Yazmin Irazoqui Ruiz, two sisters who have DACA status and attend medical school and law school, respectively, shared their stories.

“We are a productive part of this community…this is our home. I have been here since I was three years old and we have found a home in Albuquerque, New Mexico,” said Yazmin Irazouqi Ruiz.

Currently, 6,815 New Mexicans are DACA recipients and 8,000 young people are eligible in the state. Many of those young people serve in the military, are working toward advanced degrees, and holding employment. A fact sheet on DACA is available here.

The press conference continued to emphasize the effect ending DACA would have on our communities, “We have a reality right now—our families are facing fear, our communities are facing fear, our DACA recipients are facing fear. To those serving in elected office, it is time to stand up for your constituents,” said Cindy Nava, DREAMER and immigrant activist.

“Republicans have fielded a candidate for governor who clearly and outspokenly does not support DACA,” said NM Representative Javier Martinez. “It’s time for Republicans like Governor Martinez and Steve Pearce to decide which side of history they will be on: are they going to support 800,000 young people who want a live of dignity and respect life and to contribute to our economy or are they going to side with Donald Trump’s decisive rhetoric? Keep in mind there’s no sound policy reason to rescind DACA.”

U.S. Senator Udall’s State Director Greg Bloom ended the press conference with a statement of Democratic values to keep families together and value our state’s diversity. The full message is available here.