“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt
On Tuesday, November 5, races were won, bonds and propositions were passed, and two City Council races moved into runoff elections. There were winners, and my heartfelt congratulations go out to them. But, equally as admirable, there were valiant Democrats and valiant supporters of Democratic issues who stepped into the arena and gave of themselves for a worthy cause. I honor those who triumphed, and I honor those who did not, because both spent themselves daring greatly.
Being a non-partisan race, candidates in Albuquerque Municipal elections do not have to win a primary election, become their party’s nominee, and then face opposing parties’ nominees in a general election. Albuquerque Municipal candidates need over 50% of the vote to win a race outright. Because no candidate in this year’s City Council District 2 race got 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff between two members of the Democratic Party. City Council District 4 is also in a runoff between a Democrat, Ane Romero, and a Republican (see more about that below). Aside from costing the City of Albuquerque approximately $1.4 million (a cost that could have been avoided by Ranked Choice Voting, but that’s a topic for another day), the contest between two members of the same political party is a beautiful messy process called “Democracy.”
As active participation in the political process increases, so does the likelihood that multiple candidates from the same party will oppose one another. In 2020, many primary races already have more than one Democrat running. Last year, New Mexico’s CD1 and CD2 primary races were hotly contested. Two frontrunners in the 2018 CD1 race, Deb Haaland and Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, embodied gracious, tenacious, exemplary behavior befitting of candidates. These women fought valiantly with great enthusiasm and great devotion, not against each others’ character but for the values which they sought to defend. Candidates, supporters, and voters have much to learn from their valiancy.
As we move into the runoff election, and as we move toward the 2020 election cycle, let’s move forward honoring those who are striving valiantly. Thank you, 2019 candidates; thank you, supporters and champions of issues on the 2019 ballot; thank you, voters, for showing up to participate in our democratic process. Thank you to all who are striving to elect representatives and enact policy that reinforce our democratic values. We are building a bridge to an inclusive representative democracy while crossing it.
Yours in Democracy, flora Flora Lucero, Chair Democratic Party of Bernalillo County
Volunteer for Ane Ane needs volunteers to phonebank and canvass. Early voting runs November 19 – December 7. If you’re in a district that is not in the runoff, please consider volunteering two hours to help get Ane elected. Volunteer HERE. Read more about Ane HERE.
Maurreen Skowran’s Canvass for Ane Date: Saturday, Nov. 16 Time: 9:30 a..m. Place: Sister Cities Park, 6407 McKinney Drive NE For this and other volunteering with Ane, you can also sign up at: https://docs.google.c/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVtR4nvFQgvtiLITp-0EYvhk40gU