The Races & What You Can Do
We have just over two weeks to mount a massive Get Out the Vote effort and Retake the Roundhouse. This page includes info on four key swing District races where we have true Progressive Champions in close races. We don’t want to wake up on November 9th reading of narrow losses for any of these candidates while knowing we could have done more to support them. Below you will find phone numbers and email addresses for how you can get info on phone banking and canvassing efforts for all four races. No matter how disillusioned you are by the political process, you care about our Land of Enchantment. Please share this link and encourage others to get active! Let’s do this! We only have two weeks.
Arturo Fierro HD 7: Valencia County. A Democrat-leaning district with 53% of voters voting for Obama in 2012. Incumbent Fajardo won by only 400 votes in 2012. Brian Egolf stated in March that this is a seat Democrats could win. But Fierro has little money and faces a candidate getting big PAC dollars. He needs our support.
Democratic Candidate: Arturo Fierro
- Endorsed by Working Families Party, SWOP Action, AFSCME, NEA NM, & AFT NM
- Opposes Right to Work, the death penalty, using test scores in teacher evaluations
- Supports creating an Ethics Commission, using permanent funds to expand funding to early childhood, increasing investment in job-creation and entrepreneurship, and increasing taxes on the top 1%
- Young Latino who is new to politics, a Veteran, and social worker.
- Voted to reinstate the death penalty at the special session
- Very pro-business, serving on the Board of the Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce
- One of the lowest ranked members of the House by Conservation Voters of NM, with a 17% approval rating for 2015-16 and a 12% lifetime score. Clearly not very green.
- Endorsed by the NRA and big supporter of their efforts to prevent all limitations on gun access
To Phone bank: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7:30 at Center for Progress & Justice at 1420 Cerrillos.
To Canvass: Call Chad Jones (SWOP-Action) 505 699-8183.
Democratic candidate: Liz Thomson. Elected to the seat in 2012, but lost her seat by less than 400 votes in 2014. District leans Democratic so we can get this back.
- Pediatric physical therapist.
- Progressive champion when she served in the House in 2013-2014
- Committed to helping families impacted by autism thrive.
- Named Legislative Champion by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for her efforts to reduce DWI fatalities.
- Handpicked to run by Republican establishment and House Majority Leader Nate Gentry
- Most of her campaign contributions are from big, out-of-state corporations
- Endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Right to Life Committee.
To Donate: Please make checks out to “EmpowerNM” and make a note on the check “NM Progressive Coalition (NMPC)-Liz” Mail Checks to P.O. Box 27066, Albuquerque, NM 87106.
Dem Candidate: Natalie Figueroa
- Raising the minimum wage – phasing it to $15
- Against death penalty
- Supports aid-in-dying legislation
- Supports open primaries
- Opposes Right to Work
- Educator for 25 years; teaches Spanish at Volcano Vista.
- Master teacher, who also serves as a Mentor Teacher for UNM’s School of Education
- Longtime volunteer working locally, as well as in service projects in Nicaragua, Tanzania and Costa Rica
- Like a few other Republicans, running as if he’s a Democrat, despite a conservative voting record and a campaign account teeming with special interest money (including more than $50,000 from the oil and gas industry just this cycle)
- Member of Koch brothers-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
- Has lengthy record of criminal charges that includes aggravated DWI, assault and negligence.
- Endorsed by both the NRA and Right to Life Committee.
- Led the charge on usurping serious budget discussions by insisting on lengthy deliberations on the death penalty and expansion of three-strikes.
To Donate: Please make checks out to “EmpowerNM” and make a note on the check “NM Progressive Coalition (NMPC)-Natalie” Mail Checks to P.O. Box 27066, Albuquerque, NM 87106.
HD 36: Northern Las Cruces. GOP-Held, but tilts Dem. Incumbent Nunez (R) was a conservative Democrat representing the district before changing his registration to Independent in 2012 (he lost the subsequent election), and then changed to Republican and won won in 2014
Dem Candidate: Nathan P. Small
- Former two-term Las Cruces City Councilor where he had the courage to vote for raising the minimum wage;
- One of the leaders the effort to have a Federal government monument awarded to the Organ Mountains;
- Works for New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and led the effort to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert
- Peaks National Monument
- Third generation New Mexican from a family of educators and ranchers
- Has taken tens of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry, and then voted against stronger
- penalties for oil and gas companies that contaminate our water
- Supported tax giveaways for the wealthy instead of increased funding for Family Support Services to protect children and strengthen troubled families.
- Voted against the Farmer Protection Act, which would have protected small farmers from getting sued by Monsanto and other bio-tech companies when their crops were contaminated by GMO seeds
Santa Fe Phone banking for Nathan Small at Center for Progress & Justice at 1420 Cerrillos for the next two Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5pm-7:30pm.
Dem Campaign Contact Info: Cheryl Frank, 575-650-7607, VOLSNathanPSmall36@gmail.com, Facebook:
Nathan Small for State House, http://www.nathanpsmall.com.