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!

Fiesta Volunteers Needed, 2022 Primary Election info

Can you help staff a table at Fiesta? We need six volunteers total, two people for each of three two-hour shifts, 11:00-1:00. 1:00-3:00 and 3:00 to 5:00. At least one of the people on each shift should be a third-party Voter Registration Agent. (1:00 has one person so far, a VRA.)

Can you walk in the parade carrying our banner? Two people are needed to walk the loop of Broadway and Main each holding one side of the banner. Our planned banner carriers are unable to be there due to an unexpected event. It’s an easy job but important. Show Sierra County and T or C that there are proud Democrats in our community. Since several of the candidates will be with us in the parade, you’ll probably get to meet them while participants line up—a bonus for giving your help. Arrive between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.. More details when you volunteer. Contact sierracountydems@gmail.com

Outdoor or indoor meetings?What would you prefer? Let us know.

2022 Primary Election info

  • May 10: Voter registration (by mail or online) closes.
  • May 10: First day that absentee ballots can be mailed to voters (who have submitted an absentee application), and first day of Early Voting (at the county clerk’s office).
  • May 21: Expanded Early Voting begins at alternate voting locations.
  • June 2: Last day to request an absentee ballot.
  • June 4: Last day of early voting.
  • June 7: Primary Election Day.

You must be registered as member of a party to vote in that party’s primary. Same day voter registration is available. You can register online as well.

Early voting hours Sierra County: May10-June 3 M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sat. June 4 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Election Day Voting Locations: T or C Civic Center, Albert J. Lyons Event Center, Elephant Butte Community Center, Hillsboro Community Center, Ken James Senior Center, Winston Country Church, Monticello Fire Station, Caballo Fire Station

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.)

To receive Zoom links and minutes of prior meetings, subscribe to our newsletter.

News, Plans, and a Volunteer Needed

Our March meeting will be on March 16 at 5:30 at 405 Main, next to Grapes Gallery in T or C. We will have a report on the results of the state Pre-Primary Convention and a discussion of future plans including Fiesta, voter registration, and the campaign to turn Congressional District 2 Blue again. We ask that you wear a mask to the meeting. If you prefer to participate via Zoom,

Sign up for our mailing list to receive links. https://sierracountynewmexicodemocrats.org/2021/03/02/join-our-email-list/

We will post another meeting reminder closer to the date.

Our  current Treasurer is moving away in the near future. We owe him a debt of gratitude for dealing with an audit by the Secretary of State’s office, improving our record keeping and reporting, helping us understand and comply with campaign finance laws, and helping in many ways with last year’s art auction fundraiser.

We need a new Treasurer now to carry the party forward to the 2022 election. Please consider helping our party and joining our executive committee in this important role. Training and consultations with our State Party Treasurer are available, and once trained, the time commitment is usually 2-4 hours per month. Please contact sierracountydems@gmail.com to volunteer or request more information. 

Laurie Ware has withdrawn her candidacy for state house district 49. An event in Magdalena this weekend for petition signings has been canceled.

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.

Two Opportunities to Support Democrats

Blue CD2

New Voters. New Voices. New Mexico.

The group is still in the early stages of development, working toward the following goals:

  1. Support the Democratic candidate in the 2022 CD2 Congressional race
  2. Register Democratic-leaning CD2 residents
  3. Deliver messaging around “what Democrats are doing for you, your family, your businesses, and your communities in CD2 right now” via postcards, billboards, social media campaigns, and letters to editors.
  4. Coordinate with other CD2 groups to support Democratic candidates in races up and down the ballot

To join, contact bluecd2nm@gmail.com

Letters to the Editor Group

Join others in writing letters about issues that matter to Democrats and progressives in New Mexico. This project is coordinated by Chris Spigarelli, formerly of T or C. Contact her at eldoradosf@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate. Chris encourages others to borrow as much of her original model as they want and then sign and send.

Below is an example of one of her letters on the subject of the CD1 special election.

By now most people are aware that there is a very important election occurring on June 1, which will decide who will take Deb Haaland’s seat in Congress. Why is this so important to New Mexico & our Nation?

This Congressional seat was recently held by a Democrat who had our New Mexican visions and values at heart. We need this seat to remain in the hands of a leader who has our traditional and tribal values and visions always in mind and at heart. 

Melanie Stansbury:

~helps our families by tackling urgent food & hunger issues.

~is a leader in climate change with her scientific background.

~wants to grow the economy with meaningful jobs.

~will protect our water and lands.

Mark Moores:

~voted against cannabis legalization, which has now passed and will bring much-needed funds to our state as well as expunge records of those with minor cannabis violations.

~is against women’s reproductive health rights and choices.

~is even against improving broadband access to all of our state.

~would have voted against the American Rescue Plan along with his Republican colleagues.

What can you do right now?

Read about the issues & make your decision for the candidate you feel will best represent New Mexican values and interests here and in Washington, DC. You can find information on candidate’s websites.

Volunteer (phone bank, text, talk with your friends & neighbors especially in CD1 precincts, write letters to the editor).

Donate—every little bit helps…more if you can.

But mainly, it is of upmost importance in the up-coming CD1 election to get out and vote. 

>Find your Precinct number on your voter registration card.

>Locate your voting place by going to your County Clerk’s website.

>Make a plan: WHEN & WHERE you will vote.

And then, JUST DO IT.

Three More Weekends of Action for Xochitl Torres Small

We need to make sure that we are encouraging people to get out and vote for Xochitl NOW!  There will be Weekends of Action every weekend until the election. We need to continue to push to ensure that we keep NM-02 blue and send Xochitl back to Washington, D.C.

Weekend of Action Sign-Up Links: 

October 10th and 11th Weekend Phone Banks and Text Banks:

PB: https://www.mobilize.us/xochforcongress/event/342811/

TB: https://www.mobilize.us/xochforcongress/event/342896/

October 17th and 18th Weekend Phone Banks and Text Banks:

PB: https://www.mobilize.us/xochforcongress/event/343402/

TB: https://www.mobilize.us/xochforcongress/event/343409/

October 24th and 25th Weekend Phone Banks and Text Banks:

PB: https://www.mobilize.us/xochforcongress/event/343402/

TB: https://www.mobilize.us/xochforcongress/event/344038/

Get Out the Vote Phone Banks and Text Banks:

PB: https://www.mobilize.us/xochforcongress/event/345483/

TB: https://www.mobilize.us/xochforcongress/event/345497/

Thank you for your continued support of Xochitl.

Emily Hartshorn 

Field Manager in NM-02 | Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

hartshorn@dccc.org

To phone bank with Team Xoch click here.

Weekend of Action for Xochitl Torres Small

We are only 32 days out from the most important election of our lifetimes. A recent poll found Yvette with a 1-point lead over Xochitl. There is no time for later, the urgency of the moment is upon us and we must act now! Everyone needs to be doing their part to help ensure that NM-02 stays blue, and we have the perfect opportunity for you this weekend! Come phone bank for Xochitl at our Weekend of Action on October 3rd and 4th. What day will you commit to phone banking this weekend?
Weekend of Action Sign Up Links: 
 
WOA Phone Banks: Saturday and Sunday throughout the day
WOA Text Banks: Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 3:30
Call Links: 
Emily Hartshorn 
Field Manager in NM-02 | Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
To phone bank with Team Xoch click here.

Phone Banking and Bumper Stickers

 

Bumper Stickers

The bumper stickers—matching the Enough?/Vote Blue signs you’ve seen popping up around Sierra County—are here and free to anyone who wants one.

Pick yours up during business hours next week, Aug. 10-14, at Sierra County Democratic Party headquarters in the Sea Properties building at 108 Main Street in T or C.

We’ve printed 250 stickers, but they’ll go fast, so don’t delay in dropping by. The goal of this joint initiative of SCDP and Sierra County Indivisible is to make this message omnipresent, plastered on seemingly every vehicle that passes by. Call it Volley 2 in the local signage wars.

So, take a few to distribute to friends you’re sure will put them on their cars. If you can leave a buck or two or three to help defray the printing costs, that would be great.

Phone Banking

Emily Hartshorn is the Field Organizer with the Democratic Party of New Mexico in the Second Congressional District who is working to organize Sierra County.

Here’s some information she sent to the Sierra County Democrats:

To phone bank with Team Xoch click here.

 We have virtual phone banks almost every day of the week! Neighbors calling neighbors has been proven to be incredibly influential in elections, so we get together Monday through Thursday to virtually call other voters and tell them why we love Xoch. On Monday through Thursday, we have our phone bank training at 5PM, and on Sundays we have our training at 1PM. Head over to this link to sign up ASAP!

 If you have already been to a phone bank training, just head over to this google doc to make calls anytime between 9AM and 9PM. Just find your county and organizer (me!) and make calls with that link. 

 If you have already attended a phone bank and loved it (how could you not love it?) and want to host a phone bank in your community, please let me know as soon as possible. The election is quickly approaching and we need your help reaching community members who might not otherwise know about all that Xoch has accomplished for Southern New Mexico. Community leaders are integral to getting Xoch reelected and we would love to set you up with all the necessary tools to create impactful change throughout our state.    

 Finally, please join our Facebook Group March Forward NM-02. There will be more to come soon on how we plan to use this as our Virtual Office. Please feel free to invite other volunteers to this group! We want this to be a productive and positive space, so please use your judgement when adding folks.

 Contact info for Emily Hartshorn Field Manager in NM-02 | Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

hartshorn@dccc.org

202-704-0032