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Candidate Focus 2020: Who’s in the running and what’s at stake

See and connect with all the Dems running for office on the fall ballot, from D.C. to county commissions. Read feature articles* on NM Democrats working to hold or capture seats against strong Republican opposition. Be in the know about who to vote for and where to volunteer. Click here.

*Note: Published every Friday in our newsletter, now through early fall. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to subscribe.


Plan to Watch: 2020 Democratic National Convention

It kicks off next Monday, August 17, and you can be there via multiple platforms for viewing. Just visit the Democratic Party’s website and play the video How to Watch the Democratic Convention.

You can also sign up to be notified by email of events as they happen: Commit to Watch.

During the day, stay tuned for individual caucus and council meetings. There is also a daily webinar called “Campaign Academy” that will give participants a look behind-the-scenes of political campaigns and prepare them with the skills, knowledge, and tools to find meaningful campaign volunteer experiences.

You’ll find the schedule of events and speakers listed here:

Democratic National Convention Schedule (August 17-20)

New Mexico's Delegates

Our NM delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention were chosen back in June. Though not traveling to Milwaukee as originally planned, they have nonetheless a part to play in approving the Democratic platform and accepting Joe Biden as our presidential candidate. To see a list of NM’s congressional-level, PLEO and at-large delegates’ names, click here.

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.

The Democratic Forum​

  • A School Year Beginning Like No Other

    By M. Benevento Back in mid-July, New Mexico tapped the scientific expertise and massive computing power of Los Alamos National Laboratory to analyze four possible scenarios for re-opening schools: (a) distance learning only (b) a mix of distance and in-person instruction, with students physically present about half the time (c) closing high schools but...
  • NM Supreme Court rules state can impose fines, other punishments for businesses who violate state health orders

    By Andy Lyman, New Mexico Political Report, Aug 04, 2020 The New Mexico Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office has the power to implement fines against businesses that do not follow the state’s emergency health orders. “The court has concluded that the Legislature has clearly given the governor that...
  • Mask Up and Step Up

    By Flora Lucero These days, thoughts of this pandemic usually occupy space in our minds and conversations. I could state the obvious: our nation’s leadership during this time has failed Americans and the world, and that void is plunging us into a worsening health crisis, social chaos, and economic ruin. Yet,...


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