October 2021 Meeting and Agenda

This month’s Democratic Party will take place October 20 at 5:30 p.m.at the Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C, outside if weather permits. Please wear a mask.

This message includes the agenda and the prior months’ minutes. We are now providing the minutes for you to peruse in advance in order to save time during meetings and allow those who missed a meeting to know what took place. If you have any corrections to the minutes, please make them during the meeting. To receive Zoom links, subscribe to our mailing list.

Agenda

Pledge of Allegiance

State pledge: I salute the flag of the state of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among United cultures.

Guest speakers :

Gabe Vasquez, candidate for Congressional District 2

Christy LaFont, candidate for school board

Treasurer’s Report and record keeping requirements for donations -Tom Hinson

Minutes: vote on minutes sent out (see below)

Art Auction Fundraiser – Liz Telea

Voter registration/credentials/training – Suzanne Carlstedt

State party fundraising – Suzanne Carlstedt

Meeting at Governor’s residence and Governor’s accomplishments – Sid Bryan

Future meetings – Jan Thedford

Member input

Motion to adjourn

Minutes of June 16, 2021 Meeting

Meeting called to order at 5:32 PM.

Secretary was absent. Minutes? 

Treasurers report our beginning balance was $872.01. Our expenses were two scholarships totaling $500, ActBlue fees of $5.14 and bank fees of $3. We received donations of $60. Our ending balance was $426.87.

Our guest speaker was Dr. Seguro, superintendent of our school district. She discussed her approach of putting students first, COVID provisions in the schools, and calendar, grading and staffing changes. 

Candidate for Attorney General, Raul Torrez, addressed the meeting and shared his background and career in public service, and his desire to use the power of the Attorney General office to effect positive change.

We discussed our treasury, the Secretary of State audit, and the restrictions on fundraising we’ve learned about in the audit process. We discussed affiliating with the Working Families Party or stopping all fundraising and directing funds to the state party instead to reduce our reporting obligations, but no motions were made.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 7 pm.

Minutes for August 18 meeting

Meeting called to order approximately 5:30 pm.  Secretary was absent, so we did not read out minutes. We did not have a July meeting. 

Treasurer report – July: our beginning balance was 423.87. We had expenses of $7.64 and donations of $100. Our ending balance was $516.23. 

August: our beginning balance was $516.23, we had expenses of $8.14, and received donations of $1060. Our ending balance was $1593.09. The treasurers reports were approved. 

Guest speakers: High school graduate Verrels Lukman Eugenio and his brother, college student Rendabel Radian spoke to us about outreach to young people and minority voters.  

Candidate for school board, Wendy Kessinger addressed the group and shared her experiences and ideas for the schools. 

Candidate for state office? 

The Secretary of State audit of our financial reports was concluded and we are in compliance with the reporting requirements. Many thanks to Tom Hinson for his extraordinary efforts. 

We discussed having a booth at the county fair, but decided that due to COVID and the fact that it is not an election year, we would not have a booth this year. Motion by Barbara Pearlman, second by Liz Telea, approved by membership.

Members were asked to bring fundraising ideas to the September meeting.

We received a $1000 donation from Senator Heinrich’s Lobos Leadership fund based on an application we submitted.

The state Democratic Party needs about $60,000 per month. They are doing a fundraising initiative called Life of the Party, and asking county parties to solicit their membership for donations to the state party. They’ll return 15% of any recurring donations from our county to our treasury. 

Barbara Pearlman gave an update on the school board. A mask mandate for the schools was approved 3-2.

We participated in sending out 500 postcards to prospective voters in Congressional District 2 about Yvette Herrell’s record in Congress. More postcard mailings will be done in the fall. 

Municipal elections are coming up in November. We will welcome any candidates who want to speak to our meetings. City Commissioners are non-partisan positions.

We discussed COVID protocol for future meetings and agreed to move our meetings outside to the Pelican Spa courtyard for now.

Meeting adjourned approximately 7:00. 

Candidate Meet and Greet Events

Tuesday 10/19 starting at 5 pm at the Albert Lyons Event Center, 2953 S Broadway, T or C. Candidates for T or C City Commission, Elephant Butte City Council, Williamsburg Village Trustee and School Board. Questions for candidates can be submitted to Denise Addie via phone or text message at 602-738-0212 or by private message on Facebook. Sid Bryan and Cathy Vickers will alternate in reading questions to the candidates. There will be a social hour beginning at 5, and candidate questions from 6-9. Refreshments will be served.

Friday 10/22, 2:30-3:30 pm at the Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 410 N Broadway, T or C, Democratic Candidate for Congressional District 2, Gabe Vasquez and Democratic Candidate for State Auditor, Zack Quintero, will meet voters and answer questions.,

Please wear a mask to these events.

While we’re thinking about elections, don’t forget to sign the nominating petitions for Gov. Lujan Grisham and Lt. Gov. Morales at the Sea Properties Office.

Nominating Petitions, Campaign Signs and Stickers

It’s time for our first steps toward success in the 2022 elections. We have nominating petitions for Gov. Lujan Grisham and Lt. Gov. Morales at Sea Properties, 108 Main St. We also have Lujan Grisham Campaign signs and stickers at Sea Properties.

If you would like receive a detailed, seven-page list of the governor’s achievements for New Mexico—including accomplishments in higher education and public schools, renewable energy, climate action, health care access and affordability, child care access, better pay, job creation, land conservation, covid response, and more—please email sierracountydems@gmail.com  and request the document.

Thanks for supporting Democratic candidates and policies.

September 15 2021 Meeting and Agenda

We will meet in the courtyard of the Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C, 5:30 p.m.  Wednesday Sept. 15. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Agenda

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. 
Minutes: Suzanne Carlstedt for Leslie Sekavec
Treasurers Report: Sid Bryan and Tom Hinson

Guest Speaker:  George Szigetti, T or C Public Utility Advisory Board 

Candidate speakers if any request speaking time
Outreach efforts with money from Senator Heinrich’s office: Barbara Pearlman and Cathy Berger
Fundraising for fall: Sid Bryan
Women’s March to protect the right to choose October 2, cooperative effort with Indivisible:    Leslie Sekavec

Next Blue CD-2 postcard campaign: Patty Kearney
Update on local school system – Barbara Pearlman
Member input

Motion to adjourn

Zoom session for those who can’t attend in person. To receive Zoom links, sign up for our mailing list.

Aug. meeting agenda and location; thank you; and more volunteer opportunities

We will be meeting in a new location Wednesday, August 18 at 5:30 pm: 405 Main Street, near Grapes Gallery. We encourage wearing a mask.

Agenda

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.

June Minutes

Treasurer’s Report – Tom Hinson/ Sid Bryan

Guest speaker: Verrel Lukman Eugenio and Rendabel Radian : on outreach to youth and minority voters and on going off to college

Audit by Secretary of State’s office resolved. Special thanks to Tom Hinson.

County Fair – Cathy Berger

Fall fundraising? Fundraising rules – Sid Bryan

Donation from Martin Heinrich’s Office – Suzanne Carlstedt

News from State Party – Suzanne Carlstedt

News from School Board – Barbara Pearlman

Postcards for Blue CD2 NM Campaign – Jan Thedford

Municipal elections – Suzanne Carlstedt

COVID Protocol -future meetings – group discussion

Member Input

Motion to adjourn

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the initial Blue CD2 NM postcard effort. It was great to see people step up already this far ahead of an election.

If activism by mail is your thing, take a look at Vote Forward. They organize letter writing campaigns to Democratic leaning voters in order to get out the vote in key races. Virginia is a major focus right now.

June Meeting Agenda; Volunteer Needed for Treasurer

The next Democratic Party meeting will take place Wednesday, June 16 at 5:30 pm outside at Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C.

Please consider whether you could volunteer to take on Treasurer duties or know someone who could take on this vital role. Training for county party treasurers will soon be available. A small core group has been doing much of the local party’s work, and we need additional people to share the load as long-term volunteers step down.

Agenda:
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.

Secretary’s Report – Leslie Sekavec
Treasurer’s Report – Tom Hinson/Suzanne Carlstedt
Guest Speaker – Superintendent of Schools, – Dr. Channell Segura
Discussion of Party Financial Matters and Treasurer – Sid Bryan, Suzanne Carlstedt
Preparation of outreach materials for County Fair booth, etc. – Suzanne Carlstedt
Voter registration – Sid Bryan
Update on Blue CD2 NM – Guest speaker (via Zoom) Rochelle Williams, founder
Member input
Motion to adjourn

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May Meeting Wed. the 19th

Democratic Party Meeting Wednesday, May 19, 5:30 pm, courtyard at Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C. Weather permitting, we will meet outside. It’s predicted to be 86, partly cloudy, with winds only 12 mph, so outside is probable.

Note: New Mexico has not, to our best knowledge at the time of this posting, lifted the mask mandate, and covid cases are still occurring in Sierra County, so please respect the possibly unvaccinated among us who may choose to attend in person.

Agenda

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.

April Minutes – Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Secretary of State audit of our financial reports – Tom Hinson and Suzanne Carlstedt

Guest speaker from Elephant Butte irrigation district will talk about water issues

Yard Sale postponed–Sid Bryan

Request for Funding from Senator Heinrich’s office – Suzanne Carlstedt

Republican “Back the Blue” event June 6 -Sid Bryan

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

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