New Mexico State Senate
The state Senate has been the graveyard for some of the best pro-environment and progressive legislation, in large measure because of a bloc of conservative Democratic Senate leaders and committee chairs. These conservative Democrats would often act to block critical legislation like funding for early-childhood education, a living wage, and community solar. In the 2020 primary, the Chapter, along with other progressive groups, targeted five of these conservative Democrats. We defeated four of them, including the President Pro Tem of the Senate, the Finance Committee Chair, and the Corporations Committee Chair, all of whom had been major obstacles to our legislative goals.
Now we need to bring those victories home in November by electing the progressive women who took down the conservatives. They are Pam Cordova, Carrie Hamblen, Sia Correa Hemphill, and Neomi Martinez-Parra. We also have great opportunities to pick up seats presently held by Republicans with Katy Duhigg, Claudia Risner, Martin Hickey, Harold Pope, and Paul Baca. And we have our environmental champions like Mimi Stewart and Jeff Steinborn to defend. If we put in the work and make sure all of our members and supporters vote, we can look forward to a whole new ballgame in the Senate!
Please vote and support these candidates. If you are confused about voting options, see our guide to New Mexico Voting. County Clerks will begin mailing absentee ballots on October 6. Early voting begins October 6 at county clerks offices. Expanded early voting begins October 17. Election day is November 3. You can check your voter registration and status of ballot requests at nmvote.org.
Don’t know your district? Check the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal, or you can visit the Club’s Election Center, which will show your district number and a candidate if the Chapter has endorsed a candidate in your district.
Do you want to help? Volunteer to help elect these environmental champions!
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Richard Barish, Rio Grande Chapter Political Chair