Election Watch 2019 covers the Las Cruces 2019 Municipal Elections for:  Mayor; Councilors in Districts 1, 2 and 4; School Board; Soil and Water Conservation; and Presiding Judge.

The following list of Qualified Candidates is taken from the NM Secretary of State

Website.  All counties are listed on this website.  Scroll down to Dona Ana County:

https://candidateportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/CandidateList.aspx?eid=2747

*Candidates for MAYOR CITY OF LAS CRUCES

Bev Courtney  “One Citizen, One Verified Vote”

Mike Tellez (current owner of “The Dream Center”) https://miketellezformayor.com/

Isabella Solis (current County Commissioner District 4) “Las Cruces’ First Choice!”

Eugenia (Gina) Montoya Ortega (owned La Fiesta Bakery) http://ginaforlcmayor.com/

William (Bill) Mattiace (former Las Cruces Mayor)

Alexander Paige Baca Fresquez

Jorge Sanchez

Jesusita Dolores Lucero(2011 Mayoral Candidate)

Greg Smith  (current Las Cruces City Councilor District 2)

Ken Miyagishima (current Las Cruces Mayor)

Candidates for Las Cruces City Council District 1

Shelly Nichols-Shaw “Together, We Can Move Mountains”

Kasandra Gandara (current Las Cruces City Councilor District 1)

*Candidates for Las Cruces City Council District 2

Philip VanVeen  “CUT THE RED TAPE”  Facebook @ VanVeen Las Cruces

Jason Estrada

Tessa Abeyta Stuve

Jack L.Valencia, Jr.

*Candidates for Las Cruces City Council District 4

Robert Palacios  “It Takes a Community”  https://www.rob4lc.com/

Johana Bencomo “We will resist.”http://organizenm.org/andhttps://johana4lc.com

Antoinette Reyes                                                                      

*Candidates for Las Cruces Public School Board District 4

Janice Williams

Jesus Joaquin Favela, Jr.

Margaret A. Mendoza

Jeffrey R. Silva

Teresa Maxine Tenorio

William J. Zarges

*Candidates for Las Cruces Public School Board District 5

Carol Cooper

Edward Frank (current School Board President)

Gloria J. Martinez

Maria G. Pacheco

Candidates for Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation Board

Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 1

Jerry Guy Schickedanz (current Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 1)

Kurt SJ Anderson

Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 2

David Joseph Martinez (current Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 2)

Fernando Clemente

Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 5

Joshua L Smith (current Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 5)

Christopher Kost Podruchny Cardenas

Candidates for Las Cruces Presiding Municipal Judge

Joy Goldbaum (current Municipal Judge II)

Richard M. Jacquez (former Doña Ana County Magistrate Judge)

*Please note:  for the 2019 Municipal Election, Las Cruces will be using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for any election with more than two Candidates. 

For more info on RCV, please see the website below:                                                                                   

http://las-cruces.org/1942/Ranked-Choice-Voting

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Election Watch 2019 as of 9/08/19                                   (Highlight indicates new info.)

Why Your Vote is So Important!!

Las Cruces 2015 Election Results (taken from the following website):

https://www.las-cruces.org/DocumentCenter/View/1553/1980-2018-Election-Results-Bookmrkd-CLC?bidId=

Mayor (2015 results from Page 44 of 296 pages on above report)

5,246               51.31%            Ken Miyagishima

1,596               15.61%            Eugenia Montoya Ortega

3,382               33.08%            Miguel G. Silva

10,224             100%

Councilor District 1 (2015 results from Page 45 of 296 pages on above report)

853                  46.61%            Eli Guzman

871                  47.6%              Kasandra Gandara (Won over Eli by 18 votes!)

106                    5.79%            Steven Calderazzo

1,830               100%

Councilor District 2 (2015 results from Page 46 of 296 pages on above report)

962                  54.29%            Greg Smith (Won over Philip by 152 votes!)

810                  45.71%            Philip VanVeen

1,772               100%

Councilor District 4 (2015 results from Page 47 of 296 pages on above report)

610                  43.14%            Richard A. Hall

621                  43.92%            Jack Eakman (Won over Rick by 11 Votes!)

183                  12.94%            Gilbert Vasquez

1,414               100%

According to Las Cruces City Councilor, Greg Smith, Voter turnout in Las Cruces is 10-20% (6/8/19 at RCV Training by Common Cause NM, at DAC Govt. Center).

Vote! Encourage others to vote too!

October 8th – Sample Ballot Available

Check your voting info, status, districts you can vote for, etc. at the “New Mexico Secretary of State’s Voter Services” website:

https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVote.aspx?tab=ElectionDistricts

Directions:

Enter your first and last name, birth date, select a county and click “I am not a robot.” Once you are verified not to be a robot, click on the “Search” button and your voter info will be listed.

To the left of your voter info will also be listed:

My Polling Location

My Sample Ballot

My Absentee Ballot Application and Ballot Tracker

My Voting History

My County Clerk

Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections    (Coordinates both City and County Elections)

You can register to vote or update your voter registration at the website below:

https://donaanacounty.org/elections

Also on this webpage, click on “Voting and VCCs” and scroll down past the map of Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs) to read about Absentee Voting (10/08/19-11/02/19), Early Voting (10/08/19-11/02/19), Provisional Voting along with Early and Election Day VCCs and times. Same day registration and voting” are also available 10/08/19-11/02/19 at the county clerk’s office and some alternate early voting locations.

Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office is in charge of the Las Cruces Municipal Elections

Please contact the Clerk’s Office with any questions:

845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, NM  88004

Phone:  575-647-7428, Fax:  575-527-9857 TDD:  575-525-5951

Email:  [email protected]

Website:  www.dacelections.com

Register to Vote Online!

Update Voter Registration or Register to Vote online at:

 www.dacelections.com or http://nmvote.org/

Same-Day Voter Registration

Tuesday, October 8 – Saturday, 11/02/19 at the following locations:

Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office, Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd

Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main Street

Doña Ana County Community College, Sunland Park

Early Voting, Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs), Absentee Voting, Same Day Voting:  https://donaanacounty.org/elections/vcc

Early Voting at:

Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd:

Dates: 10/08 – 10/11/19, Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

            10/15 – 10/18/19, Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

            10/21 – 10/25/19, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

            10/28 – 11/01/19, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

                         11/02/19, Saturday, 10am – 6pm

Early Voting at (all locations have the same days/times):

NMSU Corbett Center, 1600 International Mall:

Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main Street:

Sonoma Elementary School, 4201 Northrise Drive:

Dates:  10/19 -11/02/19 (Tuesdays – Saturdays only; closed Sundays and Mondays)

Hours:  11am – 7pm

Additional Early Voting Locations:

Anthony, Chaparral, Hatch and Sunland Park, NM all have EarlyVoting.

Check the website for details:  https://donaanacounty.org/elections/vcc

ELECTION DAY VOTING

Election Day11/05/19, Tuesday, 7am – 7pm

Check the website for all Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs):

https://donaanacounty.org/elections/vcc

PLEASE NOTE:

Branigan Library will no longer be a Voting Convenience Center (VCC) this Election.  You will be directed to Las Cruces City Hall.

Any Voters or Candidates who would like an additional explanation of Ranked Choice Voting, please contact [email protected] to receive a copy.

“We are only ONE Election away from: open borders, gun confiscation, mass immigration, full-term abortions and Socialism.”

Upcoming Actions and Meetings as of 9/08/19         

Tuesday, September 10th, 9am

Doña Ana County Commissioners’ Meeting (second and fourth Tuesday of the month)

Also known as Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

DAC Government Bldg – (BOCC Chambers), 845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, 88081

https://donaanacounty.org/agendas

Wednesday, September 11th, 8:30am

Patriot Day Ceremony

NMSU campus, east end of Horseshoe Park, next to Hadley Hall. The public is invited to attend with free parking available in Lots 1 and 2 near the corner of University Avenue and Espina Street, just north of Skeen Hall. Metered and handicap parking is available along North Horseshoe Street and South Horseshoe Street.

People who attend are encouraged to arrive early and may want to bring a lawn chair to sit on during the ceremony.  The event is expected to last 30 to 40 minutes.

Saturday, Saturday, September 14th

Life Unlimited Custom Firearms Training/NM Concealed Carry

Call Bev Courtney at 575-642-1003 for more details.

Monday, September 16th, 1pm

Las Cruces City Council Meeting (first and third Monday of the month)

Council Chambers, City Hall, 700 N. Main Street, Las Cruces

http://www.las-cruces.org/1812/Council-Meetings-and-Agendas

Tuesday, September 17th

Constitution Day!

Learn more about the Constitution with Hillsdale College’s 10-week free online course:

https://lp.hillsdale.edu/constitution-101-enroll/

…or purchase Constitution DVDs and literature to view at home or with other patriots!

https://www.jbs.org/store/shopjbs/catalogsearch/result/?q=constitution+is+the+solution

Tuesday, September 17th, 4pm 

Please attend to support Chuck Wendler as the new Chair!

Election Advisory Council Meeting

Doña Ana County Bldg, Room 117

Everyone is welcome to attend!  This is a voluntary group that promotes voter registration & voter participation in the county.                        

Thursday, September 19th, 6:15pm

40 Days for Life Orientation Meeting (see September 25th 40 Days for Life next page)

St. Albert’s Newman Center in the main parish hall (De Colores Hall)

2615 S Solano Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88005

Meet to review the pertinent details of the upcoming 40 Days for Life Las Cruces Campaign

Learn more: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/las-cruces/

Contact:  Ann Garcia – [email protected]

Call:  833-388-LIFE x704

Thursday, September 19th, 5-8pm

Meet Robert Palacios at Icebox Brewing Company!

Icebox Brewing Company, 2825 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces

Robert Palacios for City Council District 4 

Connect with your Candidate:  Who is Robert Palacios? How can the City of Las Cruces support economic growth and small business? What is Rank Choice Voting?

“It Takes a Community.” Visit Rob’s website:  www.rob4lc.com/

Thursday, September 19th, 7pm

JBS Meeting (third Thursday of the month) https://www.jbs.org/

585 South Valley, Las Cruces (across from Caliche’s)             

Friday, September 20th, 10am

Naturalization Ceremony, Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue

Witness as new citizens take their Oath of Citizenship to the United States of America.

https://www.nmd.uscourts.gov/naturalization

Voter Registration Agents (VRAs) are encouraged to attend to sign up new voters!

Saturday, September 21st, 11:30am (third Saturday of the month)

Cruces Atmospheric Sciences Forum (CASF) Meeting

Pepe’s Restaurant – 1405 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces

Meet scientists, engineers and regular folks who can factually disprove the climate change hoax.  https://casf.me/

Saturday, September 21st, 5-8pm

Party with the Candidates! Live Music! Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres!

Meet the Candidates! Learn about Rank Choice Voting!

Sponsored by the Republican Party of Doña Ana County; $10 contribution at the door.

Music provided by:  DJ Randy Lynch and Soloist Daisy Blue

Restaurant menu available for additional charge. Soda, beer & wine available at cash bar.

Ballroom, Picacho Peak Brewing Company, Grapevine Plaza, 3900 West Picacho Ave.

(Parking for and Entrance to the Ballroom is located behind Picacho Peak Brewing Co.)

Tuesday, September 24th, 9am

Doña Ana County Commissioners’ Meeting (second and fourth Tuesday of the month)

Also known as Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

DAC Government Bldg – (BOCC Chambers), 845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, 88081

https://donaanacounty.org/agendas

Wednesday, September 25th – Sunday, September 29th, 2019

RPDA Booth at the Southern NM State Fair  https://snmstatefairgrounds.net/

Republican Party of Doña Ana County Booth needs Voter Registration Agents (VRAs)

Two to three VRAs needed at booth at all times

Southern NM State Fairgrounds, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd, Las Cruces, NM  88007

To sign-up to work at the RPDA booth:

Contact Henry Young at 575-496-1637 or Cheryl Young at 575-496-7879

Wednesday, September 25th – Thursday, November 3rd, 2019

40 Days for Life   (Abortion activists are promoting Planned Parenthood at NMSU.)

You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization to pray and fast for an end to abortion!

Vigil Location: Outreach at NMSU, 3080 Breland Drive, Las Cruces, NM  88001

Vigil Hours: 11am – 4pm

Learn more: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/las-cruces/

Contact:  Ann Garcia – [email protected]

Call:  833-388-LIFE x704

Thursday, September 26th, 6:30pm

Gun Culture Club (fourth Thursday of the month)

Pepe’s Restaurant – 1405 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces

Friday, September 27th, 11:00am (fourth Friday of the month.)

Doña Ana County Federated Republican Women (DACFRW)

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2900 Elks Drive, Las Cruces

Bring $15 for lunch; purchase tickets for the September Raffle.

Theme for September Raffle is Fall/Halloween. The meeting starts promptly at 11:30.

Guest Speakers:  Candidates running for local offices in the November election.

Candidates for Mayor:  Beverly Courtney, Dolores Lucero and Mike Tellez.

Candidates for City Council:  Shelly Nichols-Shaw Dist 1, and Robert Palacios Dist 4.

Deadline for lunch reservation is Monday September 23rd (and to inquire about membership), contact: Patricia Rothengass at: [email protected]  or 575-650-5057.

Thursday, October 24th to Saturday, October 26th, 2019

80th New Mexico Federated Republican Women Biennial Convention

Guest Speakers, Food and Fun!

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Albuquerque, NM

Cost: Room $96 + tax (group rate)  Early Registration:  $135 (meetings, four dinners +)

Contact: Patricia Rothengass at: [email protected] or 575-650-5057

Upcoming Actions and Meetings as of 8/11/19                       

Please sign the Life at Conception Act Petition

  The Supreme Court admitted in Roe v. Wade that once Congress establishes the personhood of unborn children, they must be protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which explicitly says: “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property.”  Learn more and sign the petition at:

http://nationalprolifealliance.com/laca2016-S.aspx

NEWS YOU COULD USE! 

         Four of the five Doña Ana County districts represented by the Board of County Commissioners were recently affected by a legislatively-mandated, one-time realignment following the passage of House Bill 407. As a result, constituents may see a new district number associated with the commissioner representing that district, but the alignment did not change any district boundaries from which candidates are elected.
            The newly assigned districts are:

FORMER DISTRICT NUMBER NEW DISTRICT NUMBER
Dist. 1, Lynn Ellins Dist. 1, Ramon Gonzalez
Dist. 2, Ramon Gonzalez Dist. 2, Lynn Ellins
Dist. 3, Shannon Reynolds Dist. 3, Isabella Solis
Dist. 4, Isabella Solis Dist. 4, Shannon Reynolds

            Dist. 5, represented by Commissioner Manuel Sanchez, was not affected in the realignment.
            The bill aligned all odd- and even-numbered districts with the corresponding ballot on which those offices are elected. All odd-numbered districts will now appear on the presidential election ballot and all even-numbered districts will appear on the gubernatorial election ballot.
            The public process took place on July 22 in Santa Fe under the supervision of New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. Some elected office terms were extended as a result of the realignment, but none of those offices affected were in Doña Ana County.
            The updated district numbers take effect immediately.
 LINK: https://www.donaanacounty.org/content/do%C3%B1a-ana-county-commission-districts-renumbered

Monday, August 12th, 9am

Meet with Doña Ana County Sheriff, Kim Stewart, to share your opinion on Legalizing Cannabis in New Mexico.

Butterfield Community Center — 9350 Berry Patch Lane, Las Cruces, NM  88011

Tuesday, August 13th, 9am

Dona Ana County Commissioners’ Meeting (second and fourth Tuesday of the month)

Also known as Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

Commission Chambers, Dona Ana County Building, 845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces

https://donaanacounty.org/agendas

Wednesday, August 14th, 11am

Planning Meeting for October 2019 Celebrating Democracy Event

Dona Ana County Bldg, Room 117

  At the event in Oct, high school students will be invited to the Dona Ana County Bldg to learn about our country’s election process through games and informal discussions with candidates and public officials.

Thursday, August 15th, 6:15pm

Meet with Doña Ana County Sheriff, Kim Stewart, to share your opinion on Legalizing Cannabis in New Mexico

La Mesa Community Center744 San Jose Road, La Mesa NM  88044

Thursday, August 15th, 7pm

John Birch Society (JBS) Meeting (third Thursday of the month) https://www.jbs.org/

585 South Valley, Las Cruces (across from Caliche’s)

Saturday, August 17th, 10:30am (every Saturday)

“What is Truth” with Pastor Meyer Stahl and Co-host Dave Gallus

Local Cable TV Channel 98

Saturday, August 17th, 11:30am (third Saturday of the month)

Cruces Atmospheric Sciences Forum (CASF) Meeting

Pepe’s Restaurant – 1405 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces

Meet scientists, engineers and regular folks who can factually disprove the climate change hoax.  https://casf.me/                                        

Saturday, August 17th

Lincoln Reagan Dinner 2019 sponsored by the Republican Party of Dona Ana County.

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM  88011

5:30pm Social Hour, Cash Bar, Silent Auction Opens  

6:30pm Dinner and Program      

Speakers: Former NM Lt. Gov John Sanchez; Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace

Tickets: $75 per person; $600 for a table of eight.

Tickets on sale at the Republican Party of Dona Ana County (RPDA) Office

3201 S. Main Street, Suite A, Las Cruces (Office Hours: 10am – 2pm, Monday – Friday)

For information call: (575) 523-8683 (RPDA Office) or (575) 636-5987 (Dave Tofsted)

Lincoln Reagan Dinner 2019 (cont’d)

Please contact Lisa Parrott at 575-496-5983 (cell/text) about donating items or services for the Silent Auction.  Check out the RPDA website at:  https://rpda.us

Sunday, August 18th, 10:00am (every Sunday)

“What is Truth” with Pastor Meyer Stahl and Co-host Dave Gallus

Radio Station 89.3FM KELP El Paso

Sunday, August 18th, 10:30am (every Sunday)

“What is Truth” with Pastor Meyer Stahl and Co-host Dave Gallus

Local Cable TV Channel 98

Tuesday, August 20th, 4pm 

Please attend to support Chuck Wendler as the new Chair!

Election Advisory Council Meeting

Dona Ana County Bldg, Room 117

Everyone is welcome to attend!  This is a voluntary group that promotes voter registration & voter participation in the county.                       

Tuesday, August 20th, 6:30pm

Meet with Doña Ana County Sheriff, Kim Stewart, to share your opinion on Legalizing Cannabis in New Mexico

Our Lord of Mercy Church — 117 Hartman St., Hatch, NM 87937

Thursday, August 22nd, 6:30pm

Gun Culture Club (fourth Thursday of the month)

Pepe’s Restaurant – 1405 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces

Friday, August 23rd, 11:00am (fourth Friday of the month.)

Doña Ana County Federated Republican Women (DACFRW)

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2900 Elks Drive, Las Cruces

Bring $15 for lunch and purchase tickets for the August Raffle. Theme for August is Accessories: purses, wallets, belts, scarves, jewelry. The meeting starts promptly at 11:30.

Guest Speaker:  Ben Rawson will speak on Rank Choice Voting

August CARING FOR AMERICA (formerly Community Service Project) is “Pursonalities Plus” more Information to follow.

Deadline for lunch reservation is Monday August 19th (and to inquire about membership), contact: Patricia Rothengass at: [email protected]  or 575-650-5057.

Join today and help us reach our goal of 80 members in our 80th year!

Saturday, August 24th, 10:00am

Election Watchers Workshop!  (This is what you’ve been waiting for!)

Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission, 1050 W. Amador Ave.

  We need 100 volunteers to make sure that the Las Cruces 2019 Election runs fairly and smoothly at the various precincts.  Call the Republican Party office at (575) 523-8683 to add your name to the list of attendees!

Monday, August 26th, 6:30pm

Meet with Doña Ana County Sheriff, Kim Stewart, to share your opinion on Legalizing Cannabis in New Mexico

Betty McKnight Community Center -190 S. County Line Drive, Chaparral, NM 88081

Tuesday, August 27th, 6:00pm

Meet with Doña Ana County Sheriff, Kim Stewart, to share your opinion on Legalizing Cannabis in New Mexico

Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall –3600 Paroquia St., Las Cruces (Tortugas),  NM 88001

Thursday, August 29th, 6:30pm

Meet with Doña Ana County Sheriff, Kim Stewart, to share your opinion on Legalizing Cannabis in New Mexico

DAC Government Bldg – (BOCC Chambers), 845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, 88081

Wednesday, September 4th, 6:00pm

Meet with Doña Ana County Sheriff, Kim Stewart, to share your opinion on Legalizing Cannabis in New Mexico

Snow Complex — 6400 Mason Farms Road, Sunland Park, NM  88008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Larry Behrens

505-699-2302

[email protected]

May 20, 2019

Power The Future Uncovers Potential Conflict of Interest in New Mexico Energy Transition Act

SANTA FE – Emails obtained by Power The Future – New Mexico reveal the Secretary of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) relied upon a former employer to help craft the Energy Transition Act (ETA.)  In fact, several environmental groups with out-of-state ties were given the opportunity to craft this controversial legislation that will lead to job losses and increased electric rates all over New Mexico.

“It is outrageous for the eco-left to be writing bills that will impact the lives of thousands of New Mexico’s families when the interests of energy workers were simply cast aside,” said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. “Even more concerning is the appearance that a high-level administration official worked with her former employer in crafting this bill. The ETA is going to cost jobs and harm our economy, and New Mexican’s deserve to know who is behind it.”

According to the emails obtained by Power The Future, the groups who received an inside look at the ETA or were discussed during the drafting process include:

  • The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Western Resource Advocates
  • Environment New Mexico
  • Conservation Voters New Mexico
  • Sierra Club
  • Interwest Energy Alliance

During an email exchange with the NRDC on February 3rd, EMNRD Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst wrote “please make sure that the energy storage language works for Interwest as drafted.” Secretary Cotrrell Propst is the former Executive Director of the Interwest Energy Alliance and was listed as so on their website as recently as this month.

In response to questions about her allowing a former employer to help draft the ETA, Secretary Cottrell Propst respondedThere were just lots and lots of people to coordinate with,” she said. “I certainly wasn’t trying to somehow advantage my former employer. They just happened to be the entity that has the expertise.”

Power The Future’s Behrens countered, “It strains credibility to believe the only group with the needed expertise in drafting this controversial bill was the Secretary’s former employer.”

The Energy Transition Act has been called the “mini Green New Deal” for New Mexico. Signed into law earlier this year, the ETA requires utilities to generate electricity from unreliable sources in the decades ahead. Similar requirements in California have dramatically increased the cost of electricity to families. Additionally, the ETA will cost at least 1,500 jobs in Northwest New Mexico and hundreds more across the state at natural gas generation plants.

About Power The Future

Power The Future is a 501C4 with the mission of offering truth, facts, and research that will enrich the national conversation on energy. Our work is dedicated to energy workers – the men and women who “power the future” through their hard work, sweat, determination and grit.

Paid for by Power The Future, a national organization that advocates for energy workers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 2, 2019

NM House Republican Leader Jim Townsend Resubmits Referendum Petition On Anti-2nd Amendment SB 8 To SOS 
Townsend calls on Toulouse Oliver to let people decide. 

SANTA FE—This afternoon, House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) renewed his effort to appeal for a public test of Senate Bill 8, legislation passed earlier this year that mandates citizen background checks on firearm sales in New Mexico. Townsend resubmitted his proposed draft petition to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver for her office’s review and approval to distribute to voters.  

Townsend delivered a preliminary draft petition to the Secretary of State’s Office on March 11, 2019. Toulouse Oliver rejected the draft on March 21, 2019, citing technical issues. Townsend addressed those issues in his response to Toulouse Oliver today. 

“Senate Bill 8 proposes to limit the constitutional rights of New Mexicans. I say let the people decide on this matter that directly impacts their civil liberties,” said Townsend. “I have confidence in the citizens of New Mexico to determine if this legislation is right for our state. I hope the Secretary of State also has the same faith in New Mexicans and will uphold their right to have a referendum on Senate Bill 8.” 

Twenty-five counties in New Mexico have adopted 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions this year. In February, twenty-nine out of thirty-three county sheriffs signed a letter opposing the anti-2nd Amendment proposals being considered by the Legislature. In an interview with Stateline, Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace, the chairman of the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, called the legislation, “unenforceable, overreaching, unconstitutional and a gun grab.” 

The Secretary of State’s Office has ten days to respond to Townsend’s petition. 
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Couy Griffin (center) Speaks To Local Republicans

LOCAL REPUBLICANS HOST “COWBOYS FOR TRUMP” LEADER COUY GRIFFIN

At the March 4th meeting of the Republican Party of Dona Ana County held at La Posta in Mesilla, New Mexico Commissioner for Otero County Couy Griffin (standing at the rear of the photo), was the dynamic guest speaker. Griffin is the founder and leader of “Cowboys for Trump”. He recounted the group’s 173-mile ride on horseback from Cumberland, Maryland, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail next to the Potomac River, to the White House in Washington, D.C. this past February. The ride demonstrated the group’s support for President Trump’s efforts to secure the border, protect the unborn and preserve Americans’ rights under the Second Amendment. “Cowboys for Trump” is planning a second ride that will take place this summer. The Republican Party of Dona Ana County meets the first Monday of the month at 6 pm. For more information contact the office at (575) 523-8683 from 10 am – 2 pm or stop by the office located at 3201 S. Main St., Suite A in Las Cruces.