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.

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

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.


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.

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. 

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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March Meeting Reminder, Agenda, and News. Governor is Guest Speaker.

Monthly meeting will be on March 16 at 5:30 at 405 Main, next to Grapes Gallery in T or C.

Meeting 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.

Guest Speakers

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (via Zoom) 

Tara Jaramillo – candidate for New Mexico House District 38

Michael Lanford – candidate for Sierra County Sheriff

Dimid Hayes – update on the Blue CD2 NM campaign. 

Treasurer’s Report – Suzanne 

Need a new Treasurer – Sid 

Approval of February Minutes – Sid

Fiesta plans – Liz and Barbara

Planning for outreach and fundraising activities – Suzanne and Liz

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

News and Updates:  Gary Whitehead is hosting a meet and greet for Tara Jaramillo, candidate for NM House District 38, at Point Blanc Winery,  820 N. Cedar T or C, on Sunday March 20 from 2:0 to 4:00 p.m.. Beverages and finger foods will be served.

Here is a link to the results of the state Pre-Primary Convention



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January meeting, pre-primary convention, and candidate nominating petitions

Our January 19 Meeting will be on Zoom for COVID safety purposes. 5:30-7 pm. To receive Zoom links, sign up for our newsletter.

Meeting Agenda

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 

Guest Speakers

Zack Quintero candidate for State Auditor

Treasurer’s Report Tom/Suzanne

Approval of Treasurers Report and November Minutes

Update on schools/school board – Barbara

Signatures on Nominating petitions – Sid

Pre-primary Convention – Suzanne 

Voter Registration – Suzanne

Candidate Recruitment – Liz

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

Pre-Primary Convention

We have scheduled an in person convention for Saturday, February 12 at 1:00 pm at 102 Main St. T or C. Weather permitting, we will meet outside in the courtyard on the east side of Sea Properties. Please dress for the weather and wear a mask. We have 4 delegates to elect in addition to our Chair and Vice Chair, who are automatic delegates. The state Pre-Primary Convention  is scheduled for March 5 in Roswell. Zoom will be an option for attending the state convention for delegates who can’t or prefer not to attend in person, and voting will be done online. Votes determine which candidate is listed first on the ballot in contested primaries. We will also offer Zoom as an option for attending our February 12 convention. We will send out Zoom information in February.

Candidate petitions:

Stop in at Sea Properties. 108 Main, to sign nominating petitions for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lt. Governor Howie Morales, and Congressional candidate Gabe Vasquez if you have not already signed. The office is typically open 9-5 on weekdays and for a few mid-day hours on Saturday and Sunday.

You must be a registered Democrat in New Mexico to sign the nominating petitions and to vote in the pre-primary convention.

You must be registered in district 2 to sign Gabe’s petition. If you are unable to get into town to sign a petition, you can request one directly from steve@gabeforcongress.com . If you do it this way, make sure you get information on submitting it.

November 17 2021 Meeting and Agenda

We will be meeting at 405 Main Street, next to Grapes Gallery, at 5:30 pm on Wed. Nov. 17. Please wear a mask. We will also have Zoom available for those who cannot attend in person.


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: Sebastian Toth, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee organizer

Treasurer’s Report

Approval of October Minutes (Minutes will be read this month, though we plan to resume emailing them in the future.)

Report on Art Auction fundraiser

Voter registration

Member input

Motion to adjourn.

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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.


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.