Cruceños went to the polls yesterday and rallied behind progressive candidates across the board. Out of three council seats up for grabs, the one vacant seat is being filled by a good progressive, one champion councilor is maintaining his seat, and one progressive challenger managed to unseat the only Republican incumbent in the race.
Progressive-backed candidates win every race in Las Cruces
Heath Haussaman, NMpolitics.net
Candidates backed by progressives won every race in Tuesday’s Las Cruces municipal election, and the powerful voting bloc expanded its control by ousting the only Republican on the city council…
“Las Cruces voters have spoken loudly tonight in favor of continued progress in our community,” said Lucas Herndon of the progressive nonprofit ProgressNow New Mexico. Read more at nmpolitics.net
In the open District 3 seat, progressive community organizer Gabe Vasquez won 70% of the vote to overwhelmingly defeat a tea party contender (her second time being defeated in this district).
ProgressNow New Mexico caught up with Vasquez yesterday while he was talking with voters at one of the city’s voting convenience centers. You can check out that interview here on our Facebook feed.
In District 5, progressive incumbent councilor Gill Sorg was able to hold onto his seat after being challenged by two different Republicans including a well-funded bid from Steve Montañez who was endorsed by Advance Las Cruces, a local conservative PAC that received money from larger out-of-state PACs known to support other conservative candidates across New Mexico.
And the big upset was in District 6 where progressive challenger Yvonne Flores ousted Republican incumbent Ceil Levatino. Levatino has been the only Republican on the City Council during her four years in office and has routinely voted against issues such as the local minimum wage increase. Levatino also received backing from Advance Las Cruces.
Levatino and Montanez were also both endorsed by the local paper, the Las Cruces Sun-News, but that didn’t seem to matter to voters in the end.
ProgressNowNM-backed Progressive Champions won big (again)
What is telling is that all three of the candidates that ProgressNow’s own PAC endorsed won. Again.
This is now the fourth election in the row that progressive candidates have beaten back better-funded candidates with endorsements from out-of-state PACs.
These big victories for Las Cruces show the ongoing commitment of the people of Las Cruces to supporting progressive policy changes at the most local levels. With Sorg remaining on the dais and Vasquez and Flores joining the already progressive council it will be exciting to see what new measures Las Cruces can enact to remain a leading city in New Mexico.
In Albuquerque, Dan Lewis should be worried
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