Looking Ahead

Call for 2021 Meetings and Elections

Bernalillo County Democrats,

Pursuant to the official Call for the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Spring 2021 State Central Committee (SCC) meeting and elections, I am writing to provide you with the call to the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County’s County Central Committee meeting and elections.

We are required by DPNM Rules to hold a County Central Committee (CCC) meeting in odd-numbered years for the purposes of electing county party officers and DPNM State Central Committee (SCC) members to represent our county. This year, we will be electing county chair and vice chairs, 169 additional SCC members and 1448 CCC members. Ward and Precinct Chairs are automatic members of the CCC.

Our CCC meeting will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
Ward and precinct elections will be held between
February 13, 2021 and March 7, 2021.

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2021 Ward, Precinct, & CCC Meetings: Quick Access

If you’re familiar with the processes and parameters of Party elections, here are quick connections to participate. Note that recently some precincts split and new wards were created, so it may be a good idea to check yours.

The deadline for registering for Ward/Precinct meetings has passed. If your meeting has yet to take place, you will receive a Zoom link via email from ward-ccc-meetings@bernaillodems.org. Please be on the lookout (including in spam/trash folders and/or all Gmail tabs).

For the County Central Committee Meeting, March 13, 10:00 am to noon

At the upcoming CCC, we’ll hear via Zoom from important Dems in office and from candidates for Party leadership in our County and State. We’ll also have presentations from Dems currently seeking nomination for the CD-1 seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Deb Haaland. Absentee voting for Party leaders and for SCC members will take place (via e-mail) after the meeting.

Note: Statements of Candidacy for the March 13 CCC meeting must be submitted no later than March 8—all to be published on March 9. For those interested in participating in the SCC meeting, to date (3/1/21), we have on file statements from 103 candidates seeking to fill 169 SCC seats.

2021 Ward & Precinct Meetings: Welcome

Tip O’Neill, the former Speaker of the House, said, “All politics is local.” And nothing is more “local” than community Ward meetings where we come together to exercise our freedom to assemble, freedom of speech, freedom to choose our political representatives.

At our Ward meetings, we’ll vote for Ward and Precinct officers and additional members of the County Central Committee (CCC). Some of us may run for those offices. All of us will have the opportunity to elect leaders who support issues we care about.

Interested? Here you’ll find:

  • Overview explaining why we have ward elections; roles of ward chairs, precinct chairs, and other party leaders; how this fits in with current elections; why grassroots leaders are crucial
  • Information on How You Can Get Involved (along with forms you need to fill out to vote in your ward, and/or to be a candidate for ward chair, precinct chair, or member of the County Central Committee)

Choosing: Precincts to CD-1, Video

In Less Than a Minute, You’ll Be in the Know

Starting with Precinct meetings, this very quick and lively video steps through the process of nominating Deb Haaland’s replacement as our CD-1 Representative in Washington – including points where active Dems can have their say.

Dem Party and CD1 Elections Webinar

Webinar: All About Dem Party and CD1 Elections

Who will lead our local party going forward? How do we fill Deb Haaland’s place as our CD1 Representative in Congress? How will it all be decided? A panel of distinguished Dems, including NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover, offer answers to these questions and more.

If you missed the live event, catch up now:

Follow the Legislative Action

Early in January, many dedicated Dems gathered virtually to share information and concerns prior to this month’s upcoming legislative session. There were tabling by issues-based organizations, as well as town halls and individual presentations by state legislators (all via an online Expo created by DBPC and cosponsors) where important issues and plans for action and progress came into clear view.

Now any and all who want to follow the action going forward will find that the NM legislature’s website at www.nmlegis.gov lists and provides links to bills introduced, as well as committee meetings in support of legislation. It also allows constituents to register in order to track the progress of bills as they make their way toward passage.

Democratic vision,
Democratic values

We stand with Democrats across New Mexico in our belief that every person matters. We believe all citizens should have an equal voice in how we as a people are governed, without undue influence by rich and powerful special interests.

We work for the 99%, and affirm the ties that bind us together as one human family.

These beliefs and many more important principles are presented in the Platform of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, which we fully support.

Civil Rights
We acknowledge the rights of all persons to be treated equally, with dignity and respect, regardless of race, color, creed, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical ability, cognitive ability, or age.
Democrats believe that an educated populace is the cornerstone of sustainable democracy and economic prosperity.

Affordable, high-quality pre-K through college education is a basic right.
Healthcare is a fundamental human right.

Regardless of their circumstances, everyone in New Mexico and the U.S. should have access to comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care.

Services must include comprehensive behavioral health services, reproductive care, access to birth control, quality prenatal and postpartum care, and abortion care.
Democrats will work to create and preserve an obtainable path to citizenship.

We believe that comprehensive reform is needed to provide an immigration system that is humane and non-discriminatory.

Families must be kept together.
Democrats work to ensure that both public and private workers may exercise their right to organize and join unions.

We recognize that unions contribute to building a stronger middle class, and support their critical role in fighting for living wages, fair work rules and hiring practices, and safe working conditions.
Native Americans
Democrats recognize the inherent sovereignty of Tribes, Pueblos, Bands, Villages, and Nations,

Democrats pledge to fulfill, honor, and strengthen to the highest extent possible the United States’ fundamental trust responsibility to Indigenous Peoples, as provided in the Constitution, treaties, and case law.
Veterans & Military Affairs
We believe all qualified persons who wish to serve our nation are free to do so without discrimination.

Our country has a sacred, moral responsibility to honor all of our veterans and wounded warriors.

The party that passed the G.I. Bill of Rights will always work to protect the benefits our veterans and their families have earned in service to our nation.
Democrats are committed to ensuring full equality for women in education, employment, healthcare, and all other spheres of society.

We recognize that violence against women and girls is an epidemic, and stand firm in the need for a societal shift and the prosecution of perpetrators.

Democrats are pro-choice.

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