Chair Velasquez’s Call for the Pre-Primary Convention

Chair Velasquez’s Call for the Pre-Primary Convention

December 30th, 2021

To all County Party Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and SCC Members, and New Mexico Democrats,

This is the official Call for the DPNM 2022 Pre-Primary Election Nominating Convention. As stated in Article II, Rule 4.1.1 in the DPNM Rules, the Call shall be issued at least 60 days prior to the date of the convention.

The 2022 Pre-Primary Election Nominating convention shall be held on Saturday, March 05, 2022 at the Roswell Convention Center (912 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88201).  

Required Business of the Pre-Primary Convention

We are required to hold the Pre-Primary Convention per state law and DPNM Rules. At the convention, delegates from all New Mexico counties will vote for their preferred Democratic candidate for each statewide and federal office up for election in 2022. Each candidate who receives 20% or more of the votes of convention delegates will be placed on the primary ballot. In each contested race, the candidate who receives the most convention delegate votes will be listed first on the primary ballot, with other candidates listed in descending order. Convention delegates will also consider adoption of a new Democratic Party platform.

Details of the Pre-Primary Convention

The 2022 Democratic Pre-Primary Election Nominating Convention will be held on Saturday,
March 05, 2022 at the Roswell Convention Center (912 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88201).

In-person registration for the convention will begin at 10:00am, and the convention will be called to order at 12:00pm.

We will be offering online registration prior to March 05; we will communicate details about this process in the coming weeks.

We will be following mandatory COVID safety protocols during the convention:

  • All convention attendees will be required to sign an affidavit verifying that they are fully vaccinated.
  • All convention attendees will be required to wear a face mask at all times. Face shields without a face mask will not be accepted.
  • Face masks must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth at all times.
  • Individuals who do not follow our COVID safety protocols or who do not sign the vaccination affidavit will not be admitted to the convention and will be removed from the convention.

Accommodations: DPNM will arrange hotel room blocks. Please stay tuned for more details as the convention approaches. Information will be posted on the DPNM website.

Voting Pursuant to the Pre-Primary Convention

DPNM strives to facilitate full participation in our democracy. We understand that some members of our party organization might not feel safe traveling to the convention this year. We believe that everyone should have a voice in our democratic process independent of health, financial security, or geographic location.

All convention voting for the platform and candidates will be conducted through an absentee voting process to ensure that everyone within our party organization is able to participate fully in all aspects of the convention process.

Information for SCC Members

All State Central Committee members are automatic delegates to the Pre-Primary Convention. Most County parties will be holding a county Pre-Primary Convention and electing additional convention delegates. We strongly encourage you to help your county party leadership conduct a successful election.

Information for County Party Leaders

Most county parties will need to hold county party delegate elections, which must be completed at least ten (10) days before the state party pre-primary election nominating convention. This year, county party delegate elections must be completed no later than February 23, 2022. We will be reaching out to your county party leadership shortly with information about allocated delegates and the requirements for filling those positions.

We look forward to seeing you and your County delegation in Roswell for the Pre-Primary Convention.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact DPNM Executive Director Sean Ward at [email protected].


Jessica Velasquez, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico

Order of Business for DPNM 2022 State Pre-Primary Election Nominating Convention

  1. Call to order by the State Chair.
  2. Reading of the Call.
  3. Credentials report from the Judicial Council. Includes rulings by the Judicial Council on any challenges to convention delegates. (Article II, Rule 4.2.3)
    Vote by convention delegates to accept the Credentials report.
    Vote by convention delegates on JC rulings for individual challenges.

    Note: No challenged delegation may vote upon its own challenge.
  4. Introduction of temporary convention officers selected by the State Chair.
    (Voice vote) Election of permanent officers of the convention.
  5. Presentation of the 2022 DPNM Platform by Members of SPARC.
    Vote by convention delegates regarding whether to adopt the new platform will be conducted via Absentee Voting by Non-Secret Ballot.
  6. Candidates for statewide and federal offices address convention delegates.
    • Governor
    • Lieutenant Governor
    • CD-1
    • CD-2
    • CD-3
    • Attorney General
    • Secretary of State
    • State Auditor
    • State Treasurer
    • State Commissioner of Public Lands
    • Supreme Court, Position 1
    • Supreme Court, Position 2
    • NM Court of Appeals, Position 1
    • NM Court of Appeals, Position 2
  1. Explanation/Q&A regarding absentee voting procedure for convention delegates to select primary election nominees and to vote on the proposed platform. (Absentee Voting by Non-Secret Ballot)
  2. Other business.
  3. Absentee Voting by Non-Secret Ballot opens at 6:00pm on March 05, 2022.

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