Working Positions

Dear Democrat,

On Wednesday evening I attended a “party party” hosted by the West Side Democrats. It was a very nice event, with 40 or 50 people in attendance, of course including several candidates for state and county party offices. Also in attendance were Joe Kabourek and Chelsey Evans, respectively Executive Director and Field Director for the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Part of their message to attendees had to do with those who were planning to run for ward chair and precinct chair in order to be voting members of the County Central Committee, specifically in support of individuals running for county party office or the State Central Committee.

Their message included the reminder that ward chair and precinct chair positions aren’t just voting positions on the CCC. They’re working positions, and there will be a lot of work to be done in 2019 and 2020. All too often we see people elected to these positions whose only intent is to cast their votes at the County Central Committee meeting, and then they disappear for the next year, until it’s time for them to come out of the shadows to become delegates in support of a particular candidate for public office. And then, of course, to disappear again.

The fact that we elect our officers by popular vote, democratically, is one of the strengths of our party. Our positions don’t go to the donors with the deepest pockets, as is often the case in another party that I can think of. But it’s also one of our biggest weaknesses, since there are many who see their only obligation in their elected position is to use it to cast a vote for themselves or a friend. The real strength of our party is the strong work ethic of the individuals at ward and precinct levels, when that strong work ethic actually exists.

We have another huge election coming up in 2020. Every legislative seat (both Senate and House), our three Congressional seats, as well as County Commission seats and some others will be up for grabs in 2020. And we can’t take a Democratic victory in New Mexico in the Presidential election for granted. With former Congressman Steve Pearce at the helm of the Republican Party of New Mexico we can rest assured that he’ll use every dirty trick that he’s learned in his decades in politics to try to deliver our five electoral college votes to his orange buddy in the White House. We will all need to work, and work HARD, in 2020. Ward and precinct officers who have no interest in doing the jobs they were elected to do will ultimately hurt, not help, the county and state officers that they may be trying to help get elected now.

We MUST keep working together!

Bill Peifer
Chair, Democratic Party of Bernalillo County
505-463-7045 (Text Please)