“Preemption” – Progressive wins in New Mexico cities may be at risk at the state level

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.

Vote – Just Go Vote… #WhoWeElectMatters

Consider your options, talk to your neighbors, attend one of the remaining forums, and then go vote. Municipal level elections are where change is influenced most immediately. As an outlet for information, keeping people aware, informed and engaged, is always our focus. We urge you to keep the focus as we head toward October 3rd and November 8th and push your friends and fellow community members to vote. We appreciate it and you.

Mayoral Candidate: Gus Pedrotty

As part of our continued efforts to inform the voters of New Mexico about their choices when it comes to who they/we elect for public office, we are providing a comprehensive voter guide for the upcoming municipal election. See the full Voter Guide here. Gus Pedrotty

Registered as a Democrat
Endorsements by community organizations:

None listed on candidate’s public website. Endorsement lists can be sent to carlos[at]progressnownm.org. Occupation: Recent Graduate of University of New Mexico  
Facebook: Gus Pedrotty for Mayor 

Website: http://www.gusformayor.com 

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

Mayoral Candidate: Dan Lewis

As part of our continued efforts to inform the voters of New Mexico about their choices when it comes to who they/we elect for public office, we are providing a comprehensive voter guide for the upcoming municipal election. See the full Voter Guide here. Dan Lewis

Registered as a Republican 
Endorsements by community organizations:

None listed on candidate’s public website. Endorsement lists can be sent to carlos[at]progressnownm.org

Occupation: Executive VP Desert Fuels, City Councilor Dist. 5 
Facebook: Dan Lewis 

Website: http://www.lewisabq.com 

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

Mayoral Candidate: Wayne Johnson

As part of our continued efforts to inform the voters of New Mexico about their choices when it comes to who they/we elect for public office, we are providing a comprehensive voter guide for the upcoming municipal election. See the full Voter Guide here. Wayne Johnson

Registered as a Republican 
Endorsements by community organizations:

None listed on candidate’s public website. Endorsement lists can be sent to carlos[at]progressnownm.org

Occupation: President at Vista Media, Currently serving as County Commissioner Dist. 5 
Facebook: Wayne Johnson for Mayor 

Website: http://votewaynejohnson.com 

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

Mayoral Candidate: Michelle Garcia Holmes

As part of our continued efforts to inform the voters of New Mexico about their choices when it comes to who they/we elect for public office, we are providing a comprehensive voter guide for the upcoming municipal election. See the full Voter Guide here. Michelle Garcia Holmes

Registered as Independent
Endorsements by community organizations:

none listed on candidate’s public website. Endorsement lists can be sent to carlos[at]progressnownm.org

Occupation: Former Detective APD, Former Chief of Staff NM Attorney General’s Office 
Facebook: Michelle4abqMayor

Website: http://wwww.michelle4mayor.org  

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report. What they say about themselves: I desire to be the Mayor of Albuquerque because I believe in accountability, integrity, responsibility and using your life to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Mayoral Candidate: Susan Wheeler-Deichsel

As part of our continued efforts to inform the voters of New Mexico about their choices when it comes to who they/we elect for public office, we are providing a comprehensive voter guide for the upcoming municipal election. See the full Voter Guide here. Susan Wheeler-Deichsel

Registered as Independent
Endorsements by community organizations:

None listed on candidate’s public website. Endorsement lists can be sent to carlos[at]progressnownm.org

Occupation: Owner and Innkeeper at Endion ABQ/La Casita Rosada
Facebook: Susan for ABQ

Website: http://www.susanforabq.com

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report. What they have to say about themselves: I was once told there are two types of people in the world: those who enter a room and announce ‘Here I am,’ and those who come in saying, ‘There you are.’
“Albuquerque, there you are.

ALEC unveils Const. Amendment to let Gov’s, Legislatures pick US Senators; DeVos, Kochs and others to discuss at ALEC conference this week

Republicans control 32 of 50 state legislatures and 33 governors’ mansions. Now they want to lock in control of the US Senate, too. The Center for Media and Democracy has been one of the nation’s foremost critics of the secretive corporate dating service for legislators: ALEC.  The bill factory brings corporations and state legislators together at posh retreats to write “model bills” helping corporations’ bottom lines and, in return, ALEC works to help conservative legislators maintain majorities in state legislatures. With a majority of state legislatures in Republican hands in 2010, the GOP redrew the lines giving them huge advantages in Congressional and state legislative races, but a new Democratic surge in response to President Trump threatens to reduce their majorities in several swing states.