What makes you an ideal candidate for this position?
I have worked at many levels to elect Democrats in New Mexico — working on campaigns, hosting fundraisers, organizing events, and serving as the Treasurer and Chair of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County (DPDAC). I am well-informed about the successes and challenges that are unique to and common among our Democratic communities and County Parties. I have built strong relationships with Democratic leaders in urban and rural communities as well as in affiliated organizations across CD-2 and the State. I have recently led a major restructuring of DPDAC and an update of its rules so am very knowledgeable about DPNM rules and processes.
I have had careers as a professor, a research scientist, and a scientific administrator through which I developed strong skills in teaching, communication, and in organization. I have worked extensively and effectively with diverse groups of varied priorities and ideologies.
This combination of experience, knowledge, and skills makes me an ideal candidate for CD-2 Vice Chair.
What is the number one goal you would like to achieve for the Democratic Party of New Mexico in this position? And how do you envision yourself working to achieve this goal?
The Democratic communities and the County parties in CD-2 vary widely; each has unique characteristics and challenges. There are also a number of common needs, such as increased communication and coordination of activities, higher party visibility and participation, bridging the “rural and urban divide”, and training for Party leaders. My goal is to ensure that DPNM successfully addresses both types of challenges so that CD-2 is “Blue in 2022”!
My plan to achieve this goal is to work to build our Democratic communities and strengthen our County Parties by providing useful information, sharing practical advice, and assisting in finding effective solutions. Specific activities include:
- Promoting relationships and sharing of ideas among Party leaders through frequent conversations, district-wide conferences, and special interest meetings.
- Publishing a regular newsletter of activities, events, and tips.
- Organizing training workshops so that folks do not need to continually “reinvent the wheel.”