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.

Support Judicial Candidates

As any politically aware person knows, having good judges matters. Are you informed about our Democratic Statewide Judicial Slate? Normally, they would have seen us in-person by now, but during these COVID times, there haven’t been as many opportunities, though members of Blue CD2 were able to hear all the candidates in a virtual meeting Monday the 13th.

Below is some more information on our Judicial slate.

We have FOUR statewide Justices/Judges that will be on the Democratic ballot for 2022!

All four of these Justices/Judges were appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and now they must run in the 2022 election to keep their seats.

Justice Julie Vargas, NM Supreme Court, Position 1

www.KeepJusticeVargas.com 

Justice Vargas was appointed to the Supreme Court upon the retirement of Justice Judith Nakamura

 Justice Briana Zamora, NM Supreme Court, Position 2

www.KeepJusticeZamora.com 

Justice Zamora was appointed to the Supreme Court upon the retirement of Justice Barbara Vigil.

 Judge Gerald Baca, NM Court of Appeals, Position 1

www.KeepJudgeBaca.com 

Judge Baca was appointed upon the vacancy of when Julie Vargas was appointed to the Supreme Court.

 Judge Katherine Wray, NM Court of Appeals, Position 2

www.KeepJudgeWray.com 

Judge Wray was appointed upon the vacancy of when Briana Zamora was appointed to the Supreme Court.

Whenever a vacancy occurs on a court, people go through the bi-partisan Judicial Nominating Commission to get recommended to the Governor, and then the Governor gets to appoint someone. But, the appointed Judge must then run in a partisan election in the next cycle to keep their seat.

 These four judges’ campaigns are currently doing three main things:

1.Collecting Nominating Petitions – they must get nearly 4,000 signatures each from registered Democrats across the state in order to be on the ballot. You can download each of their petitions at their respective websites. Websites have instructions on how to return. If you signed any of their petitions in person when Gabe Vasquez spoke at the T or C Brewery, you should not sign a second time.

 2. Qualifying for Public Financing – they must collect nearly 1,400 $5 Qualifying Contributions from voters across the state (any registered voter of any party can do this)

You can do this online at each of their respective websites.

 3. Collect seed funding directly to the campaign of up to $100 per person. Any person of any party can donate directly to the campaign of up to $100 per person (only personal funds; no business or corporate funds) You can donate directly at each of their respective websites.

In these COVID times, it is harder than ever to collect signatures, collect the $5 public financing, and hold fundraisers. We are depending on word-of-mouth, email blasts, and social media to help spread the word.

Thank you for helping our statewide Justices/Judges!

There’s no party meeting this month. You can dedicate what would have been our meeting time to supporting these judges.

CHANGE: Meeting on Zoom Only Nov. 17 2021

Because of the escalation in covid cases, which has caused the shutdown of our schools, tonight’s meeting will be on Zoom only. We apologize for the late notice and the inconvenience, and still hope to see as many of you as possible. We don’t post Zoom links on a public web site, to avoid “Zoom bombing.” Contact sierracountydems@gmail.com with questions or for a link.

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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Fund-raising Art Auction

The Democratic Party is having a silent auction of artwork Saturday, November 13, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at 405 Main Street in T or C, the building next to Grapes Gallery with the multicolored bricks. Refreshments will be served. There will be items to suit almost any budget, and many local artists will be featured.

Please join us and invite your friends to celebrate our artists and support our fundraiser. Please wear a mask. 

Postcard Volunteers Needed

Send cards to potential new Democratic voters and encourage them to register. By my count, there should be 110 cards left out of the 400 we started with. It takes me one minute per card, since I have to work at writing legibly. If you have naturally good handwriting, it may go even faster. Interested? Contact sierracountydems@gmail.com to find out more. Ideally, we should send them this week. Thanks!

Governor Lujan Grisham’s Accomplishments

  • New Mexico ranked in the top 10 states in the country for job growth
  • New Mexico created more jobs during the pandemic than the previous administration created in 8 years
  • New Mexico created 15,000 new private sector jobs in 2019, the state’s best year for new job growth in more than a decade
  • New Mexico now has the largest renewable energy project in the country
  • New Mexico is one of the top 10 states for generating electricity from wind
  • New Mexico is leading the nation in environmental reforms with the most controlled greenhouse and methane requirements in the country
  • New Mexico is the only state to decrease insurance premiums on the state insurance exchange and eliminate copays for behavioral health care
  • New Mexico’s early childhood education is one of the most affordable and accessible in the country
  • New Mexico gives the most funding to child care out of any state
  • New Mexico is the only state with an innovative formula to send funding directly to schools to fight concentrated poverty
  • New Mexico is leading the country with access to free higher education, helping more than 60,000 students in the last three years

Education

Governor Lujan Grisham fulfilled her campaign promise to prioritize education by investing directly in New Mexico’s students, educators, and schools.

  • In just two years, Governor Lujan Grisham delivered an education moonshot, investing $1 billion into our education system.
  • Lujan Grisham helped create the Family Income Index, allocating $15 million in additional funding for schools to fight concentrated poverty through supports like social workers, resource centers, and after-school programs.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham has worked to address the longstanding discrimination against tribal students by ending credit for impact aid payments, doubling the contribution to the Indian Education Fund, and dedicating tens of millions to bilingual and multicultural education.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham’s investments in K-12 education are already paying off. Since Governor Lujan Grisham was elected, New Mexico’s graduation rate is now the highest it’s ever been.
  • Under Governor Lujan Grisham, New Mexico’s teachers received the most significant back-to-back raises for educators in 15 years. Governor Lujan Grisham also signed legislation increasing starting salaries for all New Mexico teachers and adjusted salaries at every educator level to be more competitive.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham eliminated harsh standardized testing scores that punish teachers and repealed the punitive school grading system, replacing it with a more accurate tool for evaluating school achievement.
  • The Lujan Grisham administration prioritized teacher development providing over 20,000 hours of development to over 3,900 educators in a variety of subject areas, helping teachers improve their skills and boosting student achievement.

Governor Lujan Grisham understands that our public education system is the key to New Mexico’s future. She will continue to deliver for students, educators, and our schools in order to give New Mexico’s students the high quality education they deserve.

Economy

Governor Lujan Grisham’s top priority has been growing and diversifying New Mexico’s economy– and she’s delivered.

  • In 2019, New Mexico created 15,000 new private sector jobs, the state’s best year for job growth in more than a decade.
  • As a result of Governor Lujan Grisham’s leadership, exciting new companies invested heavily in our state, like Virgin Galactic and NBC Universal, and established New Mexico partners, like Netflix and Intel, dramatically increased their investments..
  • Governor Lujan Grisham revamped the state’s economic development incentives, spurring the creation of 6,500 jobs and $2 trillion in private investment. The Lujan Grisham administration also helped the state’s businesses train more than 5,000 workers.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham did the work to make sure New Mexico’s economy was continuing to grow during the pandemic and as a result, New Mexico created more jobs during the  pandemic  than the  last administration created  in eight years.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham invested $1.6 billion into the state’s infrastructure and road maintenance in the last two and half years, creating hundreds of jobs and improving safety on our state roadways.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham legalized cannabis, partnering with small businesses, activists, and legislators to create a whole new economic industry in New Mexico. Legalization will create more than 11,000 newjobs, bring in over $300 million in annual sales, and generate an estimated $50 million in state revenue.

Governor Lujan Grisham delivered for New Mexico by supporting small businesses, creating thousands of jobs, and spurring the investment of billions of dollars in New Mexico’s economy. She kept her foot on the gas during the pandemic, putting New Mexico in one of the best positions for economic growth in the country.

Families

Governor Lujan Grisham has delivered for New Mexico’s families-putting money directly in their pockets and addressing the issues they care about most.

  • Governor Lujan Grisham cut  taxes for  New Mexico’s  middle  class in one of  the most comprehensive tax overhauls in the country, putting money in the pockets of more than 550,000 New  Mexican families.
  • Under the Lujan Grisham administration, New Mexico raised the minimum wage for the first time in a decade. Governor Lujan Grisham is committed to giving all New Mexicans the chance to make a living wage, where they can support themselves and their families.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham passed the Healthy Workplaces Act, requiring paid sick leave for all New Mexico workers. The paid sick leave mandate increases worker protections, promotes public health, and ensures no New Mexicans are forced to choose between their health and their livelihood.
  • New Mexico is now leading the nation in providing free higher education, thanks to legislation spearheaded by Governor Lujan Grisham. With the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship, over 60,000 students are pursuing a college degree.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham promised to deliver on affordable child care-and now New Mexico gives the most funding to child care of any state in the country. The governor created the Early Childhood Education and Care Department and passed the

$300 million Early Childhood Trust Fund to ensure every New Mexico family has access to affordable child care.

  • As a caregiver herself, Governor Lujan Grisham personally knows the importance of providing for New Mexico’s seniors. That’s why she signed legislation to invest millions to improve and deliver high quality services for New Mexico’s seniors and create automatic low-cost retirement savings options.

Governor Lujan Grisham knows that at the end of the day, the most important aspect of her job is making sure New Mexican families have what they need to thrive. She will always listen to New Mexico’s families and deliver on the issues that matter most to them-from tax cuts to workers rights to senior services to affordable education and child care.

Clean Energy & Environment

Governor Lujan Grisham’s decisive action to protect New Mexico ‘s land, air, and water has made the state a national leader on climate change.

  • One of Governor Lujan Grisham’s first acts in office was creating the New Mexico Climate Change Task Force. With the same legislation, New Mexico joined the U.S. Climate Alliance and adopted the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham signed the “30 x 3 0 ” executive order which will work to conserve 30% of all land in New Mexico by 2030. The “30 x 30” goal will protect New Mexico’s natural resources, increase access for outdoor recreation, and build our climate change resilience.
  • Working together with climate activists, legislators, and clean energy stakeholders, Governor Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act which will transition New Mexico ‘s energy portfolio to 50%   renewable energy by 2030 and80% by 2040. The transition will protect the environment while lowering costs for ratepayers and creating jobs in the renewable energy industry.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham went after polluters by adopting stringent methane reduction rules, which eliminated clean venting and flaring and committed New Mexico to capturing 98% of all natural gas waste by the end of 2026.
  • The Lujan Grisham administration has prioritized all types of clean industry, especially wind and solar. Since Governor Lujan Grisham took office, New Mexico has more than doubled its wind energy capacity and is now in the top ten states for generating electricity from wind energy. Governor Lujan Grisham also authorized community solar projects-making solar savings more achievable, equitable, and just.

Governor Lujan Grisham knows that climate change is the most pressing issue of our generation. She will continue to take bold action to address climate change, create clean energy jobs, and protect the Land of Enchantment’s critical natural resources.

COVID-19

Governor Lujan Grisham has demonstrated fearless and diligent leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, saving New Mexican lives and protecting New Mexico’s economy.

  • Governor Lujan Grisham led one of the most aggressive and effective COVID-19 responses in the country, defying New Mexico’s odds and leading to lower case numbers and fewer deaths than neighboring states like Arizona and Texas.
  • At the beginning of the pandemic, New Mexico began a widespread COVID-19 testing program to limit the spread of the virus, while other states had limited test availability and result delays. Governor Lujan Grisham has consistently acted swiftly, mobilizing New Mexico’s response to COVID-19 more effectively than many other states.
  • With Governor Lujan Grisham ‘s leadership, New Mexico established the first statewide vaccine registration system in the country ensuring vaccines were delivered to New Mexicans where they are.
  • New Mexico has achieved a 70% vaccination rate, the highest state vaccination rate in the West and the fifth highest vaccination rate in the country. Governor Lujan Grisham worked with businesses, hospitals, and schools in order to get New Mexicans vaccinated.
  • During the pandemic, Governor Lujan Grisham’s administration helped New Mexican families when they needed it most. New Mexico created a $600 personal income tax rebate for hundreds of thousands of frontline workers and a $1,200 one-time payment program for unemployed New Mexicans.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham stepped up for New Mexico’s small businesses during the pandemic by delivering $400 million in low-interest loans and $200 million in grants. Governor Lujan Grisham championed legislation that provided tax relief to businesses by waiving interest and penalties on late payments.

By prioritizing science during the COVID-19 pandemic and handling the Delta variant effectively, Governor Lujan Grisham and her administration have saved lives and protected New Mexico’s booming economy.

Comprehensive Health Care

Governor Lujan Grisham has taken steps to make affordable, high-quality, and comprehensive health care available to every New Mexican.

  • Governor Lujan Grisham established the  Health Care Affordability Fund, a new source of funding for health care reform which reduces the cost of health insurance and medical expenses for working families. Tens of thousands of New Mexicans will no longer have to choose between seeing a doctor and putting food on the table.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham also invested $60 million in increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates, strengthening partnerships with healthcare providers who treat patients covered by Medicaid. This investment will help hospitals, doctors, and dentists provide better care to the most vulnerable New Mexicans.
  • The Lujan Grisham administration passed legislation to allow New Mexico to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, one of the first states in the country to do so. The health care measure will get New Mexicans the medicine they need at a cost they can afford.
  • Under Governor Lujan Grisham’s leadership, New Mexico became the third state to cap monthly insulin copayments – lowering health care costs for more than 230,000 New Mexicans living with diabetes.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham made history by repealing New Mexico’s outdated criminal abortion statue-protecting New Mexicans access to abortion and ensuring women and their families have the right to make their own choices about pregnancy and reproductive health.
  • Governor Lujan Grisham took decisive action to rebuild the state’s behavioral health system after it was destroyed by the previous administration. In addition to working with providers to establish new services, she eliminated copays for behavioral health services, making sure behavioral health is affordable and accessible to all New Mexicans.

Governor Lujan Grisham believes every New Mexican has the right to comprehensive health care. She will continue to address lasting issues in New Mexico’s healthcare system in order to make accessible and affordable health care a reality for all.

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.

Candidate Meet and Greet Events

Tuesday 10/19 starting at 5 pm at the Albert Lyons Event Center, 2953 S Broadway, T or C. Candidates for T or C City Commission, Elephant Butte City Council, Williamsburg Village Trustee and School Board. Questions for candidates can be submitted to Denise Addie via phone or text message at 602-738-0212 or by private message on Facebook. Sid Bryan and Cathy Vickers will alternate in reading questions to the candidates. There will be a social hour beginning at 5, and candidate questions from 6-9. Refreshments will be served.

Friday 10/22, 2:30-3:30 pm at the Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 410 N Broadway, T or C, Democratic Candidate for Congressional District 2, Gabe Vasquez and Democratic Candidate for State Auditor, Zack Quintero, will meet voters and answer questions.,

Please wear a mask to these events.

While we’re thinking about elections, don’t forget to sign the nominating petitions for Gov. Lujan Grisham and Lt. Gov. Morales at the Sea Properties Office.