January Meeting Agenda; Online Election Recap Session with State Party Leaders

Democratic Party of Sierra County Agenda January 18, 2023

Pledge of Allegiance

New Mexico State Pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.

Guest Speaker: Sandy Jones, Sierra County Flood Commissioner

Approval of October Minutes – Sid Bryan

Treasurer’s Report – Sid Bryan

Schedule Ward Meeting/Election of Officers – Suzanne Carlstedt

Request for Donations (fill out a donation envelope) – Sid Bryan

Schedule Silent Auction Fundraiser – Liz Telea

Candidate Recruitment -School Board and other positions -Danny Diaz

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

Note: Minutes of October meeting will either be sent separately or read at the meeting.

From the Democratic Party of New Mexico:

Dear CD2 Democrats:

We want to wish you a happy New Year and invite you to join us next month as we review last year’s election and work toward the future. Last November’s results gave us many successes to celebrate, but revealed a number of shortcomings to address. Join us as we take a look at what worked and what didn’t work in our diverse Congressional District. Working together we hope to build toward a strong and sustainable Democratic majority in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. Working together let’s build the future of Blue CD2.

So, please join us for a “CD2 Election Recap and Strategy Session” to be held via Zoom on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. In addition to County Party leaders and active members, we will be joined by folks from like-minded groups such as Blue CD2 NM and the DPNM Hispanic, Rural, and Veterans Caucuses. 

The first hour of the agenda will be devoted to analysis of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2022 election. Confirmed speakers include Sally Davis, Eddie Estrada, Stephen Jones, Claudia Risner, and Evelyn Vinogradov. The next hour will be a facilitated discussion of the status of the Democratic Party in CD-2, where we want it to be before the next election, and what steps we will take to get it there. A major focus of the discussion will be how to include rural communities in election communications and GOTV efforts.

Please feel free to share this invitation with your fellow Democrats so that we can hear ideas from many perspectives. (To register for this event, please request the registration link.)

We will send out a detailed agenda closer to the event. Meanwhile, please feel free to email either of us with your ideas/comments for seeding discussion, especially if you cannot make it to the event on February 4th.


Mona and Stephen

DPNM CD-2 Vice Chairs

Note: For Zoom links to the upcoming meeting or for registering with the DPNM event, please email sierracountydems@gmail.com We don’t publish Zoom links on the internet.

Town Halls with Tara Jaramillo; New Mexico Environmental News

Town Halls in Sierra County

Tuesday, January 10

  • 11:00-11:45 – Elephant Butte Friends of the Lake legislative update.  Elephant Butte Training Center
  • 12:00-2:30- Sierra County Legislative Priority Luncheon, T or C Civic Center, Red Room

Public Comment on New Oil and Gas Leases in New Mexico

If this topic is of importance to you, you may wish to read the following article from KRQE, read the environmental assessment, and then submit comments. Links to both are contained in the article. https://www.krqe.com/news/environment/bureau-of-land-management-seeks-public-comment-on-new-mexico-oil-and-gas-leases/

Also of interest: https://www.newsfromthestates.com/article/do-you-have-right-clean-environment-2023-legislation-would-call-nm-voters-decide

Thank you!

Thank you to all the volunteers who knocked on doors, made calls, sent postcards, and staffed party headquarters. Thank you for the signs in your yards and for the conversations you had with friends and neighbors. Thank you for the events you organized and showed up for. Thanks also to those who donated to our candidates.

National media takes New Mexico for granted as a blue state, but we know we have to work for it. And work you did.


Reminder: There will be no party meeting in November.

Gabe Vasquez in T or C Monday! Final Canvass And Calls.

Gabe Vasquez will be at our campaign Headquarters at 405 Main St. T or C Monday morning at 10:00 to launch a final canvass. Be there! Show up for him, show your support, and then head out to reach every last voter we can before Election Day. Getting him elected is important for us in CD2, to have someone who truly will represent us, and it’s important for the country to have another Democrat in Congress.

We also need canvassers and phone callers this weekend. We have some canvassing lists in the headquarters, and Rick Lass can get people set up to make calls. Contact Rick at 505-920-0540.

Three more days! You can make a difference. Every effort adds up. Volunteer as if democracy depends on you. It does.

Democratic Candidates List and Some Helpful Voting Info

If you’ve already voted, please share this information with your friends and family who haven’t. If you have not voted yet, it’s time to make a plan. You can study a sample ballot in Democratic Party Headquarters at 405 Main Street. There should also be a pamphlet there explaining the ballot measures that are on side 2 of the ballot. Party HQ hours are Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and sometimes additional hours when a volunteer is available. (Look for the OPEN sign outside the door for those extra, unscheduled hours.)

If you use reading glasses, remember to bring them with you when you vote. There is some small print on the ballot, and you have to read with care, since party affiliation is not presented in a fixed order—i.e. not always “Democrat, Republican, Libertarian” or “Republican, Libertarian, Democrat,” etc. Rather, it varies with the office.

Democratic Candidates List:

Executive and Legislative:

Governor: Michelle Lujan Grisham

Lt. Governor: Howie Morales

Attorney General: Raul Torrez

Land Commissioner: Stephanie Garcia Richard

State Treasurer: Laura Montoya

State Auditor: Joseph Maestas

Secretary of State: Maggie Toulouse Oliver

US Congressional District 2: Gabe Vasquez

NM House District 38 Representative: Tara Jaramillo

­­Sierra County Sheriff: Michael Lanford

(Note: there is not a Democrat running for NM house district 49)


New Mexico Supreme Court: Michael Vigil, Julie Vargas, Briana Zamora,

New Mexico Appeals Court:Jane Yohalem, Gerald Baca, Katherine Wray

NM 7th District: Roscoe Woods

(Note: Some of the judges above are not party-affiliated, but they have our support.)

Thanks for being a voter! Spread the word!

October Meeting Agenda and Request for Election Observers

The state Democratic Party recommends we beef up our monitoring of the November election. They suggest we have poll challengers for early voting as well as at individual polling places on Election Day. They also suggest having someone observe the counting of absentee ballots and the certification of elections. A small local group of people has continued to raise objections to the about the election to the County Clerk’s office, which could be an indication of controversy in the upcoming election here in Sierra County. Contact Suzanne at 630-334-9329 (text preferred) or tmya@yahoo.com if you can volunteer. The state party and/or the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will provide training. 

One county indicated that people (presumably election deniers/conspiracy theorists) were canvassing voters who had requested mail-in ballots. You don’t have to answer questions from people asking you about voting by mail.

Agenda for October Meeting

Wednesday 10/19, 5:30 pm at 405 Main St. T or C

Pledge of Allegiance
New Mexico State Pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico, the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among United cultures

Guest Speakers: State Auditor, Brian Colón
Thank you to Brian for his service to New Mexico – Members

T or C City Manager Bruce Swingle will talk about ballot measure on fundraising for infrastructure

Approval of August minutes – Sid Bryan

Treasurer’s Report – Suzanne Carlstedt

Add a signatory to bank account – Suzanne Carlstedt

Report on September special events  -Sid Bryan

Thank You’s for Many Helpers – Suzanne Carlstedt

This is it: the home stretch of the 2022 campaign. Make your plan to vote. AND how can you help get out the vote?  – Frances Gonzales, Rick Lass

Poll challengers and observers wanted – Suzanne Carlstedt

Approval of spending for campaign  ad(s) – Barbara Pearlman 

Ballot initiative on education spending – Barbara Pearlman

Donation request – please use envelopes and fill them out – Sid Bryan

Member input

Motion to adjourn

Don’t Forget! Special Event Wednesday September 21!

5:30 p.m.at the Pelican Spa courtyard, 306 S Pershing, T or C.. This special event replaces our usual monthly meeting. Guest speakers include:

  • Laura Montoya, candidate for State Treasurer
  • Stephanie Garcia Richard, Commissioner of Public Lands, running for reelection
  • Gabe Vasquez, candidate for CD2
  • Tara Jaramillo, candidate for NM House District 38
  • Michael Lanford, candidate for Sierra County Sheriff.

Free food and beverages. Food from La Baracca.

Phone Banking and Canvassing in T or C this Saturday

Meet Rick Lass at Democratic Party Headquarters at 405 Main St. T or C at noon Saturday Sept. 17 for an afternoon of voter outreach. Never knocked on doors or called voters before? Take the plunge. Rick is an experienced trainer and can have you prepared and confident for your first venture. It’s normal to be a little scared the first time you do this, but it gets easier, and the possibility of Republicans winning because we don’t get out the vote is a whole lot scarier.

People are friendly here. You may even have fun canvassing and calling!

Tara Jaramillo Meet and Greet. Volunteer Help Wanted. Donations welcome, too.

Volunteers needed in party headquarters, especially on Saturdays. Talk to voters and hand out campaign signs and information. Contact Suzanne at 630-334-9329 if you can help. We try to split the hours between 2 shifts: 11-1:30 or 1:30-4. 

Volunteers needed to make phone calls and knock on doors to get out the vote. Contact Rick Lass at 505-920-0540 if you can help. Rick will give you instructions and provide phone banking or door knocking lists. You can make calls from home and on your schedule. We have only a short time left to reach potential voters. Turnout will make the difference in this election. If you haven’t volunteered yet in this election cycle, now is the time.

Based on few responses received from members, we are not planning to have a booth at the county fair this year. We will pursue setting up a booth at Elephant Days October 14-16 (we may do 2 days instead of 3 depending on volunteers).

We are spending down a major portion of our treasury to make donations to several candidates who are visiting with our members and to provide food for our September 21 event with Gabe Vasquez, Laura Montoya, Tara Jaramillo and Michael Lanford. If you haven’t made a donation to our party in a while, September would be a good time to do so, at our September 21 event or online though the Act Blue donation link on the home page of this site.   

A meet and greet with Tara Jaramillo, candidate for NM House District 38, will be held on Sunday Sept. 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Point Blanc Winery, 820 N. Cedar St. T or C. Hosted by David Senn and Sandy Whitehead. Tara is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and longtime advocate for families.

UPDATED September Events!

Labor Day  Monday September 5

Even more candidates than previously announced will be joining us. A free showing of Salt of the Earth at El Cortez theater in T or C at noon will be followed by a reception, refreshments, and fall campaign kickoff at Democratic Party campaign headquarters at 405 Main Street. Gabe Vasquez, candidate for Congressional District 2, will be there, as will Raul Torrez, candidate for Attorney General, Tara Jaramillo, candidate for NM House District 38, and Michael Lanford, candidate for Sierra County Sheriff.

Wednesday September 21

This special event replaces our usual monthly meeting. Meet Laura Montoya, candidate for State Treasurer,  and Gabe Vasquez, Tara Jaramillo, and Michael Lanford. 5:30 at the Pelican Spa courtyard, 306 S Pershing, T or C. Free food and beverages.