November 4, 2015

“Victory for progressives” in Las Cruces; “Candidates backed by ProgressNow won, while candidates backed by [Big Oil & Corporate PACs] lost”

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18 votes made the difference in yesterday’s elections in Las Cruces.  But when all the votes were counted, the Las Cruces Sun-News ran this headline: “Progressives win in tight City Council races”

What’s more, the Albuquerque Journal said this:

Political committees poured tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign, and the results could be viewed as a win for so-called progressives.

Candidates for City Council Districts 1 and 4 backed by Albuquerque-based ProgressNOW won their races, while candidates in those races backed by the conservative GOALWest committee lost. While GOALWest did not back a mayoral candidate, the political committee paid for a barrage of ads and flyers attacking Miyagishima’s record.

When word got out that 3 out-of-town donors were spending $80,000 to buy our elections through Steve Pearce’s PAC, I set up a Las Cruces-based PAC to fight back.  With help from ProgressNow grassroots donors and local volunteers, we contacted hundreds of voters in the mail, on the phone and online to remind them to vote for the real progressives.

18 votes made the difference in yesterday’s elections in Las Cruces.  But when all the votes were counted, the Las Cruces Sun-News ran this headline:

“Progressives win in tight City Council races”

Las Cruces Sun-News

While incumbent Mayor Ken Miyagishima was cruising to an easy victory in his three-way race for mayor, the three City Council races were running neck-and-neck throughout the night. In the end, Kasandra Gandara won the race in District 1 by a mere 18 votes, incumbent Greg Smith won re-election in District 2 by 142 votes and Jack Eakman was elected in District 4 by just 11 votes, according to unofficial results posted on the city’s website.

If those results hold, they would represent a victory for progressives, and a setback for the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, which endorsed a slate of candidates that it claimed would make city government more business-friendly. None of the chamber-backed candidates won Tuesday.

What’s more, the Albuquerque Journal said this:

Political committees poured tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign, and the results could be viewed as a win for so-called progressives.

Candidates for City Council Districts 1 and 4 backed by Albuquerque-based ProgressNOW won their races, while candidates in those races backed by the conservative GOALWest committee lost. While GOALWest did not back a mayoral candidate, the political committee paid for a barrage of ads and flyers attacking Miyagishima’s record.

When word got out that 3 out-of-town donors were spending $80,000 to buy our elections through Steve Pearce’s PAC, I set up a Las Cruces-based PAC to fight back.  With help from ProgressNow grassroots donors and local volunteers, we contacted hundreds of voters in the mail, on the phone and online to remind them to vote for the real progressives.

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Together with two other PACs (including one from Chicago!) backing anti-minimum wage and big business candidates, they reported raising more than $99,000 to spend on these local city council races.

We had just 1/50th of that, but we had great candidates, a plan to win and super volunteers!

Thank you for helping us keep Las Cruces progressive and sending out of town special interests packing!

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