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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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

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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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.

Pre-Primary Conventions, State House Candidates, and More

Our Sierra County Democratic Party’s pre-primary convention will elect 4 delegates to attend the state pre-primary convention. We have four nominees for the four spots, but additional nominations can also be made from the floor. At our convention, we expect at least 3 individuals who are running for office to speak in person: Dr. Ravi Bhasker and Tara Jamarillo, running for state house district 38, and Roscoe Woods for Judge. We may hear from candidates for state auditor and state treasurer, too. The event will take place at 108 Main St. T or C, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday Feb. 12, and last until all business is completed.

Please attend if at all possible. This convention will replace our normal February meeting.

At the state pre-primary convention, our delegates will have a chance to hear from all the candidates and vote on their placement on the ballot. The top vote getter will be listed first. Anyone who doesn’t get at least 20% of the vote doesn’t make it onto the ballot, but they can gather additional signatures to get back on. Delegates also vote on the party platform.

Candidates for District 38. Tara Jaramillo is CEO and co-founder of Positive Outcomes LLC in Socorro and elected School Board Member of Socorro Consolidated Schools. Ravi Bhasker, MD, has been mayor of Socorro for 32 years.

District 49 Candidate Event. Laurie Ware, educator and community volunteer, is seeking petition signatures to be on the ballot for the June primary for State Representative for District 49 as a candidate with the Democratic Party. CWB Gallery on Main in Magdalena will host a petition signing and an informal breakfast/brunch potluck gathering on February 26th from 10:00 am to 1:00. Ware needs 92 signatures before the March 8th deadline in order to file for candidacy.

Note: T or C is now split between districts 49 and 38.

Additional details on Sierra County Democrats’ pre-primary convention: Saturday should be 58 and sunny, and as you know it can feel warmer in the sun. Dress for the weather. Since we may be close together at times, please wear a mask.

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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.

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


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

 Justice Briana Zamora, NM Supreme Court, Position 2


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

 Judge Gerald Baca, NM Court of Appeals, Position 1


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


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.


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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