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New Mexico Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention Results, Platform And Scenes

on March 11, 2018 - 1:24am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich who is running for reelection excoriates Republicans during his presentation at the Democratic Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Photo by George Chandler

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who is running for reelection does his mom, left, proud as he enunciates the theme of the convention: Take it Back’. Photo by George Chandler

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham who is running for governor starts her speech, a protestor interrupts and is removed by security, MLG reacts, resumes, calls for respect for opposing views. Photo by George Chandler

DPNM News:

Democrats from across the state gathered to make their choices for the Democratic Party Primary and passed a comprehensive platform that expresses New Mexico values and a vision for New Mexico that leverages the state’s clean energy potential, empowers rural communities, and supports policies that build strong families.

The Democratic Pre-primary is a convention of Democratic delegates held every two years to nominate Democratic primary candidates and pass a Platform drafted by the DPNM Platform Committee.

Delegates to the Democratic Pre-primary are elected at County and Ward Pre-primary conventions.

“The energy coming from Democrats this year is going to fuel victory in 2018,” DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg said. “Our Democratic candidates up and down the ballot are coming to the table with bold solutions that will move New Mexico out of this rut, and ensure New Mexico children have bright future.”

Candidates may qualify for the Democratic Primary by winning 20 percent of the vote at the Democratic Pre-Primary or by turning in the required number of qualified signatures to the New Mexico Secretary of State. This year’s Democratic Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention is made up of 1,500 delegates who cast their ballots for the Democratic candidates of their choice.

The 2018 platform was developed through a series of listening sessions held in various locations throughout the state in an effort to bring diverse opinions to the table and ensure New Mexicans from every corner of the state had the opportunity to participate in the process. The result is a comprehensive, value-driven platform derived to ensure the viewpoints of rural, urban, traditional, and diverse communities in New Mexico are reflected. Generally, state party platforms are an affirmation of values that guide the principles and policies of the members of the Party.

“At the beginning of this process, our committee set out to ensure the platform process is transparent and inclusive, and we found that Democrats are excited to be involved,” said Sharla Parsons, chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Platform Committee. “New Mexicans from across the state have had a strong voice and a hand in the values we express in this platform and the values we hold as a state party.”

Democratic Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Results:

Governor

21.16% Jeff Apodaca

10.05% Joseph Cervantes

1.91% Peter DeBenedittis

66.88% Michelle Lujan Grisham

Lt. Governor

12.91% Jeff Carr

8.87% Billy Garrett

27.94% Rick Miera

50.28% Howie Morales

Secretary of State

100% Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Auditor

39.4% Brian Colón

60.46% Bill McCamley

Treasurer

100% Tim Eichenberg

Attorney General

100% Hector Balderas

Commissioner of Public Lands

43.71% Stephanie Garcia Richard

17.19% George Muñoz

39.11% Garrett VeneKlasen

Court of Appeals

100% Jennifer Attrep, Position 5

100% Kristina Bogardus, Position 1

100% Megan Duffy, Position 4

100% Jacqueline Medina, Position 2

100% Briana Zamora, Position 3

U.S. Senate

100% Martin Heinrich

Congressional District 1

13.55% Patrick Davis

34.80% Debra Haaland

12.09% Damian Lara

10.81% Damon Martinez

3.66% Paul Moya

25.09% Antionette Sedillo Lopez

Congressional District 2

34.25% Madeline Hildebrandt

65.75% Xochitl Torres Small

Congressional District 3

100% Ben Ray Luján

Security shows this protestor the door. Photo by George Chandler

Stephanie Garcia Richard who is running for land commissioner accepts kudos from the crowd. Photo by George Chandler

Los Alamos cheers Stephanie Garcia Richard’s speech. Photo by George Chandler

Democrats pack the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday for the Pre-Primary Convention. Photo by George Chandler

Former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish introduces five candidates for the Court of Appeals, including Los Alamos Native and current District Judge Jennifer Attrep on her left. Others from left, Megan Duffy, Jacqueline Medina, Brianna Zamora and Kristin Bogardis. Photo by George Chandler

Jennifer Attrep discusses treating litigants with Respect and Dignity’. Photo by George Chandler

House Dist. 43 candidate Pete Sheehey. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos delegates from left, Kelly Myers, Sarah Scott and Naishing Key, wife of House Dist. 43 candidate Pete Sheehey, in line to vote. Photo by George Chandler

Democratic Party Chair Richard Ellenberg opens convention, (from Santa Fe). Photo by George Chandler

From left, Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Chair Robyn Schultz, Cat Ozment, Carrie Walker and Tom Bowles. Photo by George Chandler

Los Alamos Delegates Phil Gursky, Ellen Mills and Karyl Ann Armbruster in line to vote. Photo by George Chandler

From left, House Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler, Ellen Mills and Amy Storey. Photo by George Chandler

From left, Los Alamos Delegates Ed Birnbaum, Michael Redondo, Shelby Redondo and Phil Gursky. Photo by George Chandler

Los Alamos contingent, from left, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Amy Storey, SGR, Eric Vasquez and Whitney Muziani-Holland. Photo by George Chandler

New Mexico Democratic Party 2018 Draft Platform:

ALBUQUERQUE – On Saturday, March 10, 2018, delegates to the Democratic Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention will vote to approve the 2018 New Mexico Democratic Party of New Mexico Platform. Generally, state party platforms are an affirmation of values that guide the principles and policies of the members of the Party.

The 2018 platform was developed through a series of listening sessions held in various locations throughout the state in an effort to bring diverse opinions to the table and ensure New Mexicans from every corner of the state had the opportunity to participate in the process. The result is a comprehensive, value-driven platform derived to ensure the viewpoints of rural, urban, traditional, and diverse communities in New Mexico are reflected.

“At the beginning of this process, our committee set out to ensure the platform process is transparent and inclusive, and we found that Democrats are excited to be involved,” said Sharla Parsons, chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Platform Committee. “New Mexicans from across the state have had a strong voice and a hand in the values we express in this platform and the values we hold as a state party.”

Richard Ellenberg, chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, commended the Platform Committee for the thorough process the committee followed saying, “The tremendous effort and energy of the Platform Committee has generated a great deal of excitement about the Platform. I look forward to its adoption as setting forth our principles to help guide the Party and elected Democrats.”

The platform was developed by the Democratic Party of New Mexico Platform Committee, which is made up of a group of individuals elected by the governing body of the State Party and appointed by the Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg.

The full draft of the Platform to be voted on is available here: http://www.dpnm-sparc.org/nm-platform.html


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