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!

Hillsboro Meet and Greet with Gabe Vasquez!

Save the date!

3:00 p.m. Sunday July 10th at the Hillsboro Community Center

Meet Democratic candidate for Congressional District 2 Gabe Vasquez. Talk with like-minded neighbors, turn despair or anger about current events into ENERGY, and find out what we can do to secure the vote in November.

Light refreshments will be served. Join us!

Phone banking opportunities! 

Voters who participate in primaries are more likely to become engaged and vote in the general election. Sign up for phone banking with the Democratic Party of New Mexico this weekend and next weekend for two Early Voting Weekends of Action. In these calls, you will be helping our low turnout Democrats make plans to vote early, absentee, or on election day.

There will also be phone banking every single day from June 1st – 7th to help these voters make a plan to vote on election day!

To receive the sign-up links, email sierracountydems@gmail.com, and let us know which you want to sign up for. Virtual Early Vote Weekend of Action Phone Banks, 5/21 – 5/22 and 5/28 – 5/29 or Get Out The Vote Phone Bank, 6/1 – 6/7.

You can choose to do as few or as many days as you want. Thank you!

Tara Jaramillo Meet and Greet/ Fundraising Events

Tara Jaramillo, Democratic candidate for state house district 38, will hold two campaign kickoff events Sunday March 20th. She’ll be at Bedroxx/Point Blanc 165 E. 9th Ave. in T or C from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and in Socorro at 407 Park St from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Meet the candidate, ask questions, get to know her positions. Contributions are appreciated but required.

Candidate’s web site: https://www.tarajaramillofornm.com

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.

Message from Karen Whitlock

I have decided to run for New Mexico House District 38 again. I just couldn’t sit by and see this important seat being uncontested by a Democrat. it is critical that our ideas and perspectives are heard. I decided to step up and run as a write-in candidate. I believe our community needs someone in the state House that is focused on the issues our community wrestles with every day. I’m running to make sure our families can afford quality health care, enroll their kids in excellent schools, and participate in a workforce with diverse job opportunities.
In addition, with COVID19, I do not trust the Republicans and their undying support for corporations over people. What is happening across our country disgusts me. I have to do my part to make sure that this never happens again.
Finally, this time there is a Libertarian in the race. I believe as does the New Mexico State Democratic House Caucus that this changes the dynamics in the race. Libertarians tend to pull from the Republican challenger, and this may tip the balance so a Democrat can with this race.
I am asking you to chip in for me again. We can win this race with your help. No one who runs for office and wins does this on their own. I need your help. Can you chip in a few dollars to help me win this office???
We have an important May 6 fundraising deadline, please go to https://secure.actblue.com/donate/nmhd38 to make a contribution today.
Please go to www.karenwhitlock38.com to volunteer, or pledge to write in Karen C Whitlock for State Representative District 38.
Thanks
Karen