What You Can Do To Help Elect Five NM Progressives

The Races & What You Can Do

gotvThe Working Families Party of New Mexico has endorsed Arturo Fierro (HD7), Liz Thomson (HD24), and Natalie Figueroa (HD30). Working Families Party has identified a donor who will match any contribution you make dollar for dollar to help support these three Progressive Champions. Please go to the link below and make a contribution; it will be matched; and on Nov 8th you can exult in contributing to three big wins! The GOP is panicked and hit pieces from the party and its PACs will be used to misinform the public. Contribute here.

HD 7:  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.
Republican Candidate: Kelly Fajardo
  • Right-to-Lifer
  • 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 Donate: Make checks out to “Committee to Elect Arturo Fierro” and mail to Fierro Campaign, P.O. Box 547, Tesuque, NM 87574.
To Phone Bank: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-7:30 p.m. at Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd.
To Canvass:  Call Chad Jones (SWOP-Action) 505 699-8183.

HD 24 Liz Thomson

Liz Thomson HD 24
HD 24: Albuquerque’s east side/mid-town. Open seat (incumbent Republican Conrad James is retiring from the House).
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.
Republican Candidate: Christina Hall
  • 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 canvass: Contact Eric Castillo, 505-948-9910 or eric@lizthomson.org
To phone bank from home:  Best times are 4-8pm for calling. The script and question input will all come up while you use the website below. It is still manual calling. Very easy and you don’t even have to leave your home! If the numbers run out while calling just contact Eric Castillo (505 948-9910) and he can reload more.
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/198202N-3239.  Then enter the code.
VPB Code: 198202N-3239To 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.

Natalie Figueroa HD 30

HD 30: Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. GOP-Held. House District race against Republican Majority Leader. Tilts Dem-performing.

Dem Candidate: Natalie Figueroa

  • Supports 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 local volunteer as well as in service projects in Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Costa Rica
Republican Incumbent: Nate Gentry
  • 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 include 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 Canvass or Phone Bank from home: Ralph Figueroa (505) 401-7656.
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.

Nathan Small HD 36

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 in 2014Dem Candidate: Nathan P. Small
  • Former two-term Las Cruces City Councilor.
  • 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
Republican Incumbent: Andy Nunez
  • 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

Phone banking for Nathan Small: Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd. for the next two Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 5-7:30pm.

Dem Campaign Contact Info: Cheryl Frank, 575-650-7607, VOLSNathanPSmall36@gmail.com
Facebook: Nathan Small for State House, http://www.nathanpsmall.com.

Liz Stefanics SD 39

SD #39. Leans Democrat with most all the progressive support in Santa Fe, so canvassing here is critical.
The District: Parts of Santa Fe County, Bernalillo County, Valencia County, and San Miguel County all of Torrance and Lincoln County
The Race: Held by Ted Barela who was very recently appointed to this Democratic leaning seat by Governor Martinez. CVNM = 33%
Dem. Candidate Liz Stefanics is a strong advocate for working people of New Mexico. She will continue to push for environmental protections and well-funded schools as she has on the Santa Fe County Commission. The first openly lesbian elected official in NM. Endorsed by the Conservation Voters of New Mexico and Planned Parenthood.
GOP Candidate. Ted Barela was appointed to this seat by Governor Martinez and toed the party line for her.Contact Information: Cecile Lipworth.  505.699.2539. Cecile is incredibly responsive and can provide you lists to canvass any day you are free. Crunch Time.EVENING PHONE BANKING
SANTA FE:

Wednesday, November 2: 5-8 p.m.
Sunday, November 6: 5-8 p.m.
We meet at  607 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe NM 87501 (corner Paseo de Peralta), next door to The Shake Shack.  We’ll be in the offices on the 2nd floor. Bring your charged phone with minutes for calling or let us know if that is not an option.

FINAL WEEKEND CANVASSING
SANTA FE

We are looking to get +-1,000 folks to turnout at the polls in Santa Fe!
Saturday, November 5: 3:00pm-5:30pm (If anyone would like to walk in the morning, please let Cecile know)
Sunday, November 6: 3:00pm-5:30pm
In Rancho Viejo, meet up between 2:30pm and 3pm outside Tathagata Coffee at Rancho Viejo Village Center, 55 Canada Del Rancho, Santa Fe.

VALENCIA
Sunday, November 5: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Walk with Liz in Rio Communities, meet up at Rio Community City Hall – 360 Rio Communities Blvd.

GOTV Monday, November 7
5 p.m. Reminder Calls to Vote
607 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe NM 87501 (corner Paseo de Peralta), next door to The Shake Shack.  We’ll be in the offices on the 2nd floor. Bring your charged phone with minutes for calling or let us know if that is not an option.

Tuesday, November 8 – ELECTION DAY
7-8:30 a.m. – Poll Site Visibility/assigned the day before
10am-12pm GOTV calls
1-4 p.m. GOTV calls