ProgressNow New Mexico will be looking at some top-level races more in-depth over the next few weeks to bring our perspective to the key races we’re expecting to see in New Mexico this year. New Mexico is in the national spotlight as one of the “most likely to flip” states in terms of our governor’s race. Our series will focus on the offices that New Mexicans can vote for statewide. This is the third piece in our series. The position of Lt. Governor can seem pretty inglorious compared to other statewide positions with specific duties as Secretary of State or Attorney General.
Today is March 14, 2018. It is the day after “filing day” in New Mexico when candidates file for their races around the state, from county commissions to the governor. With little exception, if candidates haven’t submitted the required amount of signatures or have for some other reason been disqualified by the Secretary of State’s office, we now have a pretty good idea of who’s running in 2018 across the board. ProgressNow New Mexico will be looking at some top-level races more in-depth over the next few weeks to bring our perspective to the key races we’re expecting to see in New Mexico this year. New Mexico is in the national spotlight as one of the “most likely to flip” states in terms of our governor’s race.
As the new year starts to pick up speed, as our 30-day legislative session creeps ever closer, we thought it’s the perfect time to highlight some of the failures of our state’s commander-in-chief, Governor Susana Martinez. Between now and the first day of session, when Governor Martinez is set to give her last State of the State Address, Progress Now NM is pleased to present the top five times Governor Martinez has failed the people of New Mexico.
The Las Cruces City Council seated its new and re-elected members today and, in a flourish of newly proposed business, showed what a dedicated panel of progressive leaders can accomplish when working together. In their first session, the newly seated council saw returning Progressive Champion Gill Sorg be elected unanimously as the new Mayor pro-tem, signaling a shift away from registered Independent Greg Smith who’s held the post for the last two years. Sorg also went on to introduce proposals that the council take up a resolution in support of the Legislature legalizing recreational cannabis as well as a measure to bolster support for immigrants living in Las Cruces. Major cities in New Mexico are “home rule cities” which allow citizens to directly shape their cities in important ways — the most prominent being the use of citizen-led ballot initiatives. This rule has been an extremely important tool for progressive voters to move New Mexico forward.
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. Full voting results can be seen here
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.
The race for mayor is headed to a run-off; but no matter who you voted for yesterday, the choice before us now is clear: we need a mayor who will push for reform of our police department, champions inclusion and opportunity and recommits city hall to community from the top down.
On Wednesday, Common Cause New Mexico released their New Mexico GPA Report Card ranking New Mexico’s legislators according to their votes on particular bills/issues that presented themselves in the form of legislation this past session.
Three times now, a Super PAC founded by our New Mexico’s Tea Party Congressman Steve Pearce has poured last minute ads into local races to pack city councils, school boards and local conservation districts with Pearce proteges.
And three times we’ve beaten him with grassroots donors, progressive candidates, and our quick response Progressive Champions PAC fighting back. A few weeks ago, we sent the alert that Pearce was targeting two great progressive conservation champions, Craig Fenske and Kevin Bixby, in a local conservation district election in Doña Ana County. Their opponents endorsed Pearce’s agenda to shrink the nearby national monument and oppose responsible BLM public lands policies. With just 5 days before the election, we fought back. Our online reports, voter guide and ‘get out the vote’ videos were shared 565 times and were read by 2,556 voters just before the election!