July 2022 Meeting

The meeting will be held on Wednesday the 20th at 405 Main St. Truth or Consequences from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Agenda

Pledge of Allegiance

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

Introductions and welcome to newcomers 

Guest Speaker: Shelly Trujillo, Sierra County Clerk, on election integrity, voting equipment, voter statistics in Sierra County, voter registration training and helping at the polls. She was originally scheduled for July. She will speak to us in August instead.

Approval of June minutes – Sid Bryan

Treasurers Report – Sid Bryan

Report on Event in Hillsboro with Gabe Vasquez – Barbara Pearlman

CD2 Organizer – Frances Gonzales

Update on School Board – Barbara Pearlman 

Silent Auction Fundraiser September 10 – Sid Bryan 

Staffing Party Headquarters- Suzanne Carlstedt

October Events: County Fair 10/6-8

Elephant Days 10/14-16 – Cathy Berger (vote on our participation, discuss preliminary plans)

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

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Agenda for June 15th 2022 Meeting

Democratic Party of Sierra County June 15, 2022 meeting will take place at 405 Main ST. Truth or Consequences from 5:50 to 7:00 p.m.

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.

Approval of May minutes – Sid Bryan
Treasurer’s Report – Sid Bryan

Guest Speaker: Michael Lanford, candidate for Sierra County Sheriff –  updates on his campaign

Update on School Board – Barbara Pearlman

Outreach event in Hillsboro – Barbara Pearlman and Cathy Berger

Voter registration – Suzanne Carlstedt

Campaign Headquarters – Sid Bryan

September Fundraiser – Liz Telea and Barbara Pearlman

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

April 2022 Meeting Agenda

Democratic Party monthly meeting will take place Wednesday 4/20 at 405 Main, Truth or Consequences (next to Grapes Gallery) and on Zoom. 

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.

Guest Speakers: candidates for office

Approval of March Minutes
Treasurer’s Report. May be delayed due to turnover in the position
Purchase of laptop

Teaching about culture and race in K-12 schools – Barbara Pearlman
Fiesta Parade and booth – Barbara Pearlman and Liz Telea
Member Input
Motion to Adjourn

Secretary Position Open

We need a volunteer for party secretary. Special thanks to Liz Telea, who already does so many other things for the party, for filling in and taking the meeting minutes. Secretary should also be able to attend executive committee meetings and handle occasional correspondence. (The position does not involve the managing the website or the newsletter.)

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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. 

Minutes for September 15, 2021

Sierra County Democratic Party

Call to order: 5:35 p.m.

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:

George Szigetti, TorC Public Utility Advisory Board spoke to the district’s power usage and the availability of solar.

Gabe Vasquez, candidate for Congressional District 2 spoke with us via zoom to introduce his candidacy. As a first generation Hispanic he is running on the issues and values supported by the Democratic Party. Website gabeforcongress.com for more information and donations.

Minutes: Suzanne Carlstedt was going to read the minutes for Leslie Sekavec, however it was decided by unanimous consent to post minutes on website and at meetings to vote for approval.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Tom Hinson reported that our month’s expenses were $54.86, leaving us with a balance of $1662. He again noted how complex the donation and fundraising rules were and how we would be under scrutiny due to our previous audit.

Outreach using monies from Senator Heinrich’s office will be dedicated to small village meetings to reach democrats who are not active or who do not come to meetings. This process will be organized by Barbara Pearlman and Cathy Berger.

Fund raising for Fall has been put on hold as of this meeting due to the onerous reporting required by the state. Brainstorming on how to do this efficiently and without penalties will be discussed at the next meeting. Tom Hinson will evaluate what is possible and what meets the requirements.

Women’s March to protect the right to choose on October 2, 2021, will be organized in conjunction with Indivisibles. Jan Thedford will organize signs along with Barbara Pearlman.

Postcard campaign for BlueCD2 is coordinated by Patty Kearney and will resume next month.

Update on Local School Board actions and elections given by Barbara Pearlman, Vice President Sierra County School Board. Three vacancies will be filled on November 4th, election is very important since school boards have been targeted by conservative groups to hinder masking and discussion of Critical Race Theory.

No Member Input.

Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

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

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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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Agenda 2/17 Meeting: Includes Guest Speaker and Elections of Central Committee and Party Officers

Sierra County Democratic Party  Online and Phone Meeting, Regular Monthly Meeting, February 17, 2021

Call to Order

U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

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

Welcome:  Introductions of New Attendees: please type your name and email in the chat box

Minutes November 2020 and January 2021 —Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Act Blue Contributions—Tom Hinson

Committee Reports & Old Business:

Advisory Board and Communications Reports—Suzanne Carlstedt

Guest Speaker: Jessica Velasquez, candidate for state chair of the Democratic Party

New Business: Elections of Central Committee and Party Officers

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

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Sen. John Arthur Smith to Speak at March Meeting

The most powerful person in the state, after the governor, will speak at the regular meeting of the Sierra County Democratic Party on Wednesday, March 18 at 5:30 at Sea Properties, 108 Main Street in T or C.

John Arthur Smith has represented our District 35 in the New Mexico Senate since 1989. As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, he controls the flow onto the floor of many of the most important but often contested bills presented for the state assembly’s consideration each legislative session.

For the first time in a long while, the 78-year-old Democrat faces a primary opponent: former state Democratic Party vice chair Neyomi Martinez-Parra of Lordsburg.

Martinez-Parra has made many trips here this election cycle to speak to members of Sierra County Indivisible and the Sierra County Democratic Party, but this will be the first chance this year many local Democrats will have to meet and engage with John Arthur Smith. So make plans now to attend.

And don’t forget Sierra County Democratic Party is holding a yard sale on Saturday, March 21 in the parking lot to the west of Sea Properties (108 Main) . If you have items you wish to donate, bring them to the lot on Friday afternoon from 3 to 5.