Looking Ahead

Dem Party and CD1 Elections Webinar

Watch This! Webinar on 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 dynamic panel discussion held on Jan 14 provided answers to these questions and more. If you missed it live, you can catch up now.


Maggie Toulouse Oliver, NM Secretary of State
Linda Stover, Bernalillo County Clerk
Marg Elliston, Chair, DP New Mexico
Chelsey Evans, Executive Director, DP New Mexico
Joan Day Baker, Chair, DP Valencia County
Flora Lucero, Chair, DP Bernalillo County

Facilitator: Ashley Sarricino (Chair, DP Cibola County)

Chat Monitor/Question Facilitator: Ellen Coplen

Topics addressed:

  • Electing the Democratic nominee for US Congress
  • In-person, absentee, and early voting
  • Who can run for the Democratic nomination
  • How CD1 SCC elections figure in

Watch the Webinar recording here.

DP CD1 Panel Pictures

Call for 2021 Meetings and Elections

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the public health and safety orders in effect in New Mexico, we will be unable to conduct these meetings via in-person gatherings as we did in previous years. DPNM Rules allow for meetings to be held virtually, and for voting relative to those meetings to be held via absentee balloting. In conjunction with the DPNM Rules, our ward, precinct, and CCC meetings will be virtual meetings, and the associated elections will be held via absentee balloting.

NOTE: Holding 64 ward meetings and as many as 607 precinct meetings by ZOOM calls is going to require a tremendous amount of planning, resources, technical support, and new processes never used before. A team of volunteers is already working on everything needed to make these meetings successful.

But there are bound to be glitches. Although the purpose and extent of the meetings do not change, they will look and feel different. Pre-registration and credentialing will be necessary. There will be new forms to fill out and new virtual voting processes to ensure the privacy of your vote at the ward and precinct level.

I am asking for the cooperation of all Bernalillo County Democrats to make these meetings a success. It will require patience, flexibility, and cooperation on the part of all electors and candidates.

It will require your awareness of deadlines to pre-register, so you will not be shut out of the process. It will require that some of you help conduct and lead your precinct or ward meeting in a new environment.

And it will require a willingness to be part of a team that wants to lead this country from the neighborhood level to the White House and the world. We are Democrats. We will get the job done. We will perform with honor, humility, honesty, and yes, humor!

You will receive more information soon regarding the elections to occur at your precinct and ward before the CCC meeting. It’s a good idea to also check back here frequently.

Thanking you so much for the work we will be doing,

Flora Lucero, Chair
Democratic Party of Bernalillo County

A Great Day for Democracy: Legislative Action Expo 2021

On January 9, many dedicated Dems gathered 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 accomplished virtually – where important issues and plans for action and progress came into clear view.

We were happy to welcome more than 35 different organizations and 350 attendees, including at least a dozen NM Senators and twice that many NM Representatives! Scores of bills were announced and more will be on the table when the 60-day legislative session convenes.

The DPBC would like to acknowledge our co-sponsors: the Westside Dems, Working Families Party NM, Progressive Democrats of America (NM), Adelante Progressive Caucus, and the Democratic Party of Valencia County for helping to make the day possible. And much appreciation is due to our many volunteers, who helped in everything from recruiting speakers to providing tech support and a host of additional tasks.

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, committee meetings in support of legislation, and allows constituents to register in order to track the progress of bills as they make their way toward passage.

A Job Well Done

Our state and county are to be congratulated on how the election process unfolded in our communities. According to the NM Secretary of State’s office, 912,565 votes were cast statewide – with all precincts reporting and results ready by 1:00 am November 4. That’s a great accomplishment for a state whose money and resources are limited in comparison with others across the USA.

Kudos to Linda Stover and her team of workers in the Bernalillo County Clerk’s office! And many thanks to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and all her staff. Visit the SOS website to check up-to-date (though still unofficial) election results.

Give Back

Help Project Connect Help Our Students in Need

With classrooms shuttered due to COVID, students in our community must rely on electronic devices and internet access to continue learning. Schools have done their best to provide both, but inequities of wealth and the digital divide raise barriers – especially for at-risk and homeless youth.

Project Connect is helping by providing students and their families with the needed technology and internet access through the remainder of the school year.

You can join this important effort. For full information on the project, including how to make a donation, Read More.

Focus On Outcomes

 Leading up to the election, DPBC was proud to promote strong Dem candidates up and down the ballot. Now that the numbers are in, we are glad to say that a great majority of the promising people we supported won their races. And the few that didn’t nonetheless put up a great fight. Click here to see which of our featured candidates were successful or defeated at national, state, and local levels.

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​

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