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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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

https://nmdemocrats.org/news/dpnm-releases-results-of-2022-pre-primary-convention-voting/

 

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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.

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 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.

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

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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April Meeting Reminder and Agenda

Sierra County Democratic Party Meeting Wednesday, April 21, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

We have changed to Zoom only after all. Sierra County is going back into yellow status Wednesday, so we’ve decided to do tomorrow’s meeting on Zoom only.

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Agenda

Pledges

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

Guest: Jessica Velasquez, candidate for State Party Chair

Democratic Party Scholarship, status and funds needed     Sid Bryan

Fundraiser yard sale    Liz Telea

Fiesta booth?   Suzanne Carlstedt

Funding for county parties available from Senator Heinrich   Suzanne Carlstedt

Blue CD2   Patty Kearney

Newsletter mailing list    Patty Kearney

Melanie Stansberry Campaign for CD-1   Suzanne Carlstedt

Member input

Motion to adjourn