BELEN ― Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston and Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Marcus Porter met with future leaders of the Democratic Party last weekend at the annual Young Democrats of New Mexico State Convention. Rep. Ben Ray Luján also attended and participated in a Q&A.
As well as the in person speakers, several elected Democrats sent in videos or statements to address the convention, including Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón also accepted the Mentorship Legacy Award through a video.
The Young Democrats of New Mexico State Convention is an opportunity for Democrats between the ages of 17 and 35, as well as “Young at Heart” allies, to come together to discuss common goals and elect leaders for the following year.
“People across this country and across New Mexico are looking to our Democratic Party to deliver victory in 2020 to address the climate crisis, to end the wars, for health care, and to take on inequality and division,” Morales said. “It’s often said, but truly, this feels like the most important election of our lives coming up. We are counting on all our Democratic organizations, including Young Democrats. Our future depends upon it.”
“I am excited to visit and collaborate with our Young Democrats as we build a shared vision for the future of our State,” Balderas said.
“It was great to see so much enthusiasm from Young Democrats,” Elliston said. “Everyone at the convention was fired up about electing leaders who will invest in our future and create equal opportunities for all Americans. That kind of energy and unity from our young people shows a strong future for Democrats in New Mexico.”
“As a former Young Democrat, I understand exactly how important it is to invest in young people as both the future and current leaders of our party,” Porter said. “Today’s convention showed that Democrats are making that investment, and we’re going to see the results in 2020 and for years to come.”
“It was fantastic to welcome so many Young Democrats from across the state,” Young Democrats President Vince Sandoval said. “We’re thrilled that our elected officials could see how much energy there is among Young Democrats in New Mexico, and we can’t wait to bring that enthusiasm to the table in 2020.”