The Next Phase
Hopefully you saw the news that your grassroots support has built us the momentum needed to win the Democratic nomination. Despite facing political candidates that are continually running for office, and candidates that have poured in massive amounts of their own money to influence the race, you showed that a message of leadership and a vision can win in November.
Now we move into the next phase of the campaign. It's time to send a message that New Mexico is ready for change—that New Mexico is ready for a proven leader.
I have pledged to you that I will fight, each and every day, to put New Mexico back to work. But it won’t happen unless we are willing to continue building a campaign with the resources needed to take on Susana and Jay McCleskey.
Please consider making a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 today.
If you have been waiting to see how the Democratic primary would shape up, you now know that you have the opportunity to elect a proven leader. The legislature has not held Susana accountable for her failures; but together, we can do it. Now is the time to act and demand the type of government we all deserve.
I also need your help spreading the word.
Take a moment to watch and learn how I’ve fought for respect and equality for all, long before it was popular or politically safe to do so. If you like what you hear, if you believe as strongly as I do that we need a New Mexico that stands up for all its citizens, please contribute whatever you can today and share with your friends.
Thank you again for the incredible support you’ve shown my wife Kim and me. The momentum we’ve built wouldn’t have been possible without you, and I know that together, we will win in November and make Susana Martinez a one-term governor!
You Did it
I’m proud to announce that your hard work has secured us a spot on the primary ballot!
I have said throughout this campaign that we have the message and team to take this fight to Susana Martinez.We were in a crowded contested primary against seasoned politicians and candidates that poured massive amounts of their own money into the race, and your grassroots support carried the day.
Now we start the next stage of the campaign. I am confident that Democrats are ready for a change and are looking for a candidate that can both win against Susana Martinez and, once in office, bring about real change.
My career has been built on bringing people together to produce real results. Together, we are going to give New Mexicans the government they deserve. Our children deserve so much better than Governor Martinez has offered.
Again, thank you--I am honored to earn your support. I have said I’m a fighter and together we’ll take our vision for New Mexico to voters across the state. With your continued support we’ll make Susana Martinez a one-term governor!
Tune In Tonight
The Democratic Pre-Primary Convention is Saturday. It's the first time in this race for governor that Democrats from across New Mexico will make their voices heard.
Tonight at 6:30 PM I'll be the first ever candidate to live-stream a conversation about the future of our state.
Here are a few of the questions that were submitted via my website to answer tonight:
From Beverly: "What plans, if any, do you have to aid the citizens of rural Northern NM in recovering from the 2008 financial crisis?"
From Lloyd "Are you in favor of tapping the NM Permanent Fund to increase funding for early childhood education?"
From Scott "How will you address the likely continued defunding of military bases and federal labs in the state?"
These are only a few of the questions I'll be answering tonight at 6:30 PM. All you have to do to be part of this discussion is click here to tune into the Convention Conversation - on your phone, laptop, or tablet.
It couldn't be easier.
If you are on the fence and not sure who you are supporting for governor - tune in tonight at 6:30 to hear my vision for our state, and answers to a dozen other questions submitted by New Mexico Democrats.
I am walking the talk. I will do the same when you elect me as the Democratic nominee in June, and when we make Susana Martinez a one-term governor in November.
I hope you'll be part of this first-ever live event.
Talk to you tonight!
P.S. Visit my website today to view a short video that help you to know my story and the values that will guide me as your next Governor.
Most of us agree that getting New Mexico back to work must be our top priority. Unlike other candidates asking for your support – when it comes to creating jobs and growing local economies – I’ve actually done it.
We’ve suffered through 3 years of the Martinez administration’s anti-accountability approach to jobs. Governor Martinez promised us that her corporate tax cuts would result in businesses flourishing and spur hiring in New Mexico, yet our job market remains stagnant, with the lowest employment growth rate in the nation. New Mexico is being left behind as economies in neighboring states continue to grow out of the Great Recession. When it comes to growing our economy and creating jobs, Susana Martinez doesn’t have a record to run on – she has a record to run away from.
Putting New Mexico’s economy back on track requires a hands-on, focused approach. We must evaluate where our strengths lie, and invest accordingly.
As governor, my approach to creating jobs and growing our economy will include:
Regional Strengths: We cannot expect a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development to create results for our diverse communities. We need to develop regional approaches to economic development that build on the strengths of each region, then we must collaborate to get resources and assets to those areas. Different areas of our state are primed for growth in different sectors: tourism, agriculture, clean energy, trade, manufacturing. My administration will work with local leadership—elected officials, local businesses, and workers—to determine what resources are needed to enable them to compete and win.
Clean Energy: As the president of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, I witnessed first hand the tremendous opportunity in this sector, and I’ve fought the Martinez administration’s efforts to cut investments and incentives that are driving growth. We have the resources—ample wind and plenty of sun—to establish ourselves as leaders in the generation of clean energy. This is why we need a leader that understands how to expand the market for renewables, not only by generating our own clean energy, but by investing in our infrastructure and becoming a leader in manufacturing materials for the clean energy economy.
Access to Capital: While we must be open to recruiting new businesses to New Mexico, we need to deepen our commitment to investing in the businesses and entrepreneurs we have right here at home. Did you know that we invest over 95% of our permanent fund in Wall Street? It’s time we start bringing some of that money home to invest in Main Street, New Mexico instead. That’s how we’ll create high-paying jobs and grow new businesses that will keep our college graduates here in New Mexico, not looking for opportunities elsewhere.
Gateway to Latin America: The Martinez administration dropped the ball on promoting international trade between our partners in Latin America, and only re-opened a trade office this year. In a Rael administration, trade with our neighbors won’t be an afterthought. New Mexico should be a gateway to Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.
Centers of Excellence: We already have tremendous strengths in our state. UNM is a leader in the medical technology field, and New Mexico State is a leader in agricultural innovation. We have to leverage our exemplary universities and community colleges to become leaders in providing technology and know-how to thedeveloping world.
Let’s face it, Governor Martinez seems to have no idea how economic development works. I do, and you don’t have to just take my word for it — you can look at what I’ve built.
As CAO with the City of Albuquerque I created thousands of jobs, putting people to work building roads, community centers, libraries, andfixing our aging infrastructure. In addition to building the Albuquerque you see today, we recruited businesses to Albuquerque like Tempurpedic and General Mills, and focused on building local businesses that really drive growth in our communities.
Business as usual just won’t work for New Mexico. I know that we won’t transform our economy overnight, but it certainly won’t happen with four more years of Susana Martinez – and New Mexico can’t afford to take a chance on any candidate who will need on-the-job training to learn how to create jobs and opportunity.
P.S. Tomorrow night at 6:30 PM you can tune in to a special live streaming conversation to hear more of my thoughts on creating jobs and growing our economy.
Ask me anything
In 7 days hundreds of Democrats from across New Mexico will be traveling to the Route 66 Casino on the Laguna Pueblo to have their voices heard at the Pre-Primary State Convention. They will be casting votes for who should be the next Democratic nominee for governor. Before the convention though - I want to hear your voice.
Have you ever seen one of President Obama's live streaming conversations, the ones where he asks for questions from participants via his website, then answers them directly, live?
We are using technology to bring the same opportunity to you, whether you are watching at home on your couch or streaming from your phone or tablet.
The process couldn't be easier.
Then, at 6:30 PM on Thursday night, go to www.ConventionConversation.com and join hundreds of others as we stream a live conversation. I'll be answering your questions directly.
Don't be shy. If you are on the fence and not sure who you are supporting for governor - submit your question here and then tune in to hear directly from me.
I am walking the talk, and I will do the same when you elect me as the Democratic nominee in June, and when we make Susana Martinez a one-term governor in November.
The next time we have this kind of conversation it will be to discuss specific issues, and I'll invite all of New Mexico to participate.
Talk with you Thursday evening,
Our State's Water Future
Last week the Albuquerque Journal ran a sobering story about our current drought which is among the worst in our history. It made me reflect on something Governor Martinez said in her recent State of the State address: “We cannot control the duration or intensity of the drought we face. But we can control our response to it.”
In a nutshell, this is Governor Martinez’s approach to water and so many important issues: we can’t show vision, we can only react. I have a track record as a leader in protecting New Mexico’s water future.
When it comes to water, we cannot re-elect a governor who promotes politically driven, short-term solutions. We need a governor who will bring us together and create a vision to secure our water future. Governor Martinez’s sole response to our water issues is to invest in infrastructure. While this is a necessary first step that should have been a priority from day one of her administration, it fails to grapple with the severity of the crisis and the complexity of water in New Mexico.
Water Cabinet: A Shared Vision to Secure our Water Future
New Mexico can’t wait for Governor Martinez to figure it out. Our next governor must be capable of real leadership on the issue. At the heart of my administration’s approach to water is the creation of a Water Cabinet. Currently, numerous agencies exercise oversight over some aspect of our water. These entities operate independently, often with little coordination among them, or even with competing mandates. The status quo isn’t working.
It’s time we bring together all of these agencies and their expertise to craft a guiding vision for how we will manage our water for the next 100 years and beyond. I will work with the legislature to ensure our legal structure and mandates meet our children’s needs and create a bountiful water future, and more importantly, that protect us from out of state interests that threaten our water security.
Securing Our Water Future Depends on New Approaches and New Leaders
One of the missions of my Water Cabinet will be to develop initiatives to educate and innovate. This is where experience counts. As CAO, I worked to create Albuquerque's first ever water conservation plan, leading to a 30% per person decrease in water use. At the Farm Services Administration, we worked with farmers to use the latest technology. By adopting new approaches and drip irrigation technology, we not only saved water—we increased crop yields! By examining our priorities and setting conservation goals on a state-wide basis, we can work together to increase efficiency and decrease waste.
We are in this Together
Water matters to all New Mexicans! I am the only candidate who has first-hand experience building a better water future for our state. As a former Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Albuquerque, I know the importance of responsible water management, as well as the impact that our desert environment has on economic development. As the State Executive Director for the U.S. Farm Services Agency (FSA), I worked with farmers and ranchers to address their water needs and concerns. I know that we can bring all New Mexicans together to manage our water to meet our future water needs.
Governor Martinez seems to have just realized that we are facing a water crisis, but she has no idea what must be done. We can’t allow ourselves to be pitted against each other for political gain any longer. I know that New Mexico is up to the challenge, and that together we have the experience and the leadership to create a new, shared vision for our water future.
The Smartest Investment We Can Make
It's time to invest in the future we really want for our children.
When children are born into the cycle of poverty, too often they repeat a pattern that leads to a dead end. It's time to end that cycle of poverty. The key is education that begins when a child is born.
We've been talking for years about what New Mexico needs -- but nothing has moved forward under Gov. Martinez. Our children can't afford to lose any more ground under her failed policies.
Every child in New Mexico should start school prepared and ready to learn. Every child in New Mexico should be able to graduate from school, earn a good living and be equipped to participate in the community. A comprehensive early childhood system will help us make these goals reality - and it all starts with parents. Supported by certified early childhood professionals, parents receive support and encouragement to help prepare them to create a home that is a nurturing, learning environment.
Starting early is the key. The years from birth to age 3 are the most important learning years of a child’s life. During these years a child’s brain is building the critical neural pathways that create the foundation for all future learning and cognition abilities that will make the difference in educational success.
We have heard too much recently about tragic cases of child abuse and neglect. We also know that learning and brain development in these early years determines whether children will grow into socially and emotionally healthy adults or the opposite. The money we spend on early childhood programs is the best investment we can make, and in the long run, it will pay for itself many times over.
New Mexico can follow the example of states like Oklahoma, where this model of early childhood outreach has already been proven to work.
I am the only candidate with the proven experience to ensure that the job get’s done right. We're talking about spending many millions of dollars on these programs, and the stakes couldn't be higher.
How then do we make sure we get results we seek? A few essential steps:
- Hire qualified early childhood professionals, train and equip them like professionals, and pay them like professionals.
- Establish clear benchmarks and make sure we're meeting them. Public support is incumbent upon demonstrating sound management and utilization of public dollars. Long-term investments like these are subject to changes in the political winds. Early success and clear accountability will help ensure public and political support over time.
- Finally, develop a working system to measure impacts and outcomes for every child as they move into the K-12 educational system.
In my administration, we will not fail children through bureaucratic bungling, and together we will make New Mexico a bright spot in the national movement to prepare our next generations of leaders.
We will not fail children by misspending money. Most importantly, we will not fail our children by wasting any more time.
P.S. Visit my website today to view a short video that help you to know my story and the values that will guide me as your next Governor.
Education is the key to New Mexico’s future and ensuring our children are ready to be the leaders of tomorrow. Education is also an important part of building a strong economy - an educated workforce is critical to compete in a technology-driven, global world. We need to ensure that our students not only develop basic skills, but also the critical thinking skills and technological savvy to compete.
If elected as your next governor I will have a dramatically different approach to education than the current administration. I know that education is about community. We have to elevate the position of our teachers and invest in them, not just treat them as cogs in a wheel, because along with parents they play a defining role in a child’s life. We also have to abandon the Martinez administration’s top-down approach and engage everyone involved in education: administrators, teachers, education experts, and the students themselves.
My approach to education includes:
Investing in our Children by Investing in our Teachers
Teacher compensation is woefully inadequate, especially when we consider that they are one of the most important foundations of educational success. We entrust our teachers with our children and our future: it’s time to stop vilifying them, and to start raising their status within our community. If we have high standards and expectations, our teachers will meet them, as long as we give them the support they need to succeed. At a minimum, no teacher should ever have to dip into his or her own pockets to purchase materials for the classroom. In elevating the professional expectations we place on teachers, we must also do better in providing them with opportunities for professional development. We have to focus on actual teaching, so that their students learn to think, not simply to take tests. Let’s start treating teachers like partners in building our future, not an interest group for this governor to demonize.
Expand Early Childhood Education and Smaller Classes
These are common sense reforms that Governor Martinez should have pursued from the outset. An investment in early childhood education will pay for itself many times over. We must build a strong educational foundation in these critical formative years. Parents will benefit as well, connecting with services that are available to help them educate and protect their children. Similarly, decreasing the number of students in each class, on all levels, plays an important role in raising the educational bar. It’s quite simple: the more a teacher can focus on individual students instead of engaging in rote teaching, the more likely it is our students will succeed.
Build an Educational Community
Governor Martinez has adopted an approach of Santa Fe Knows Best, and believes that we can dictate educational success through formulas. That’s not how you build a community. The governor needs to bring together everyone involved in educating our children. We need everyone at the table discussing best practices, and we also must recognize some of these decisions are best left to local school boards. Local leaders and teachers know what is best for their community, and we need to provide opportunities for them to speak with and learn from educators around the state. And most of all, we need to start engaging our older students in these discussions: it’s their future, and it’s never too early for them to take ownership of it.
Our Schools are our Children’s Community
As Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Albuquerque, I worked with Albuquerque Public Schools to invest in facilities that benefit everyone: building libraries, pools, and other facilities that make schools a part of students’ everyday life. Our schools must also be safe. As CAO, Lawrence led the charge to put the first public safety officers in our schools. Students and parents alike need to know our children are free to learn in a safe environment.
We have a lot of work to do, together, in order to fix what Susana Martinez has broken and to fulfill our promises to New Mexico's children. I look forward to continued discussions with teachers, educators, adminstrators and parents as we go forward - and I welcome your feedback.
P.S. Visit my website today to view a short video that help you to know my story and the values that will guide me as your next Governor.
Valentine Love Story
This Valentine’s Day, I want to tell you a little more about my husband, and to ask for your help.
Lawrence is the kindest person I know. He is a wonderful father, great husband, and dedicated son. I’m proud of Lawrence and I want you to know that he brings compassion and “heart” to everything he does.
Your donation of $20, $50, or even $100, will help us bring a refreshing change to Santa Fe - a governor who brings heart and soul to the job of putting New Mexico back on track!
Over twenty years ago Lawrence proposed to me in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. It was 7:30 in the morning, and we were both working for Senator Jeff Bingaman, waiting in line with other staffers for a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting. Lawrence leaned over and asked me to marry him. We still laugh at the fact that we both grew up in rural Northern New Mexico and had to go all the way to Washington D.C. to find each other!
Three children later, he's still my best friend and sweet Valentine. During this time Lawrence’s work has been focused on ensuring our children and yours grow up in a better New Mexico, one that makes them proud.
For Valentine’s Day, I want to help Lawrence become the next Governor of New Mexico, because I know how committed he will be to putting our state back on the right track.
Will you help me make good on my Valentines Day wish by contributing what you can? Every dollar you contribute today will help us make Susana Martinez a one-term governor.
As I travel around New Mexico, my belief in our Democratic values has been continually strengthened by the passion of the Democrats I’ve met. That’s why I was so saddened to read that Alan Webber had written this:
“They [Democrats] like companies, as long as they don't practice private enterprise. They don't begrudge rich people their wealth; they just want to reapportion it. But at least they [Republicans] have a philosophy. The Democrats just don't want anyone to go home angry, so their economic policy offers everybody a party favor and a lollipop.” (USA Today, March 15, 2010)
Unfortunately, there’s more, and it’s especially troubling:
“And unlike Obama or his Republican challengers, I want higher gas prices. At least for a while . . . It turns out, we're at our best, our most innovative and our most pragmatic when times get a little bit tougher.” (USA Today, March 20, 2012)
Mr. Webber and I fundamentally disagree about how you bring about change. I’ve done it by bringing the necessary people to the table and fighting for what I believe in. Mr. Webber apparently believes change should come on the backs of the single working mom, who is already struggling to fill her gas tank so that she can drive to one of her three jobs. Aren’t times tough enough as it is?
With all due respect to Mr. Webber, Democratsare angry, but they’re angry at what the Martinez administration is doing to our state.
As Democrats, we have a philosophy rooted in our daily lives: fighting for the workers in our state that are struggling in the Susana Martinez economy; fighting for a better education for our children; and most of all, fighting for those among us, like Omaree Varela, who have been let down by the Martinez administration. These aren’t party favors:they are why we must win and send Susana Martinez home.
I’ve lived Democratic Party values here in New Mexico since I was a boy in in the little town of Sile, where my mother was forced to care for our entire family after my father was killed by a drunk driver. I am here today because of her strength, the support of our community, and the educational opportunities that I’ve received. That is why I’m a Democrat.
I’m ready to take the fight to Susana Martinez and Jay McCleskey. We will win, united together as Democrats, because we know what--and most importantly who--we are fighting for. Let’s make sure Governor Martinez hears us and knows that her free pass is over.
The road to being elected governor is a long one, but I can assure you of two things: my commitment to the core Democratic beliefs that helped my family climb the ladder out of poverty so many years ago will never change; and you will never hear me suggest that our state's hard working families should be saddled with more unnecessary financial burdens.
If you agree that New Mexico can do better, and that being a Democrat should be a point of pride built on some very fundamental values - please join my campaign today. Together, we will win in June and defeat Susana Martinez in November. We will use our shared Democratic values to put New Mexico back on track.
Failing Our Children
I’m beside myself, and I won’t mince words: Governor Martinez has failed to protect our children, again.
Today we learned of yet another child that fell victim to horrible abuse. The headline at the Albuquerque Journal reads: “Man accused of assaulting 4-month-old: Girl on life support after suspected abuse, rape by mom’s boyfriend.”
That headline alone hits us in the pit of our stomachs. But it’s even worse: Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) was alerted to situations in the home three times. While CYFD has stated that they were alerted for unrelated reasons, we have to ask why these tragedies keep happening? There always seems to be an excuse.
This is starting to sound tragically familiar to the awful loss of Omaree Varela. Governor Martinez told us that she was a tough-as-nails prosecutor, but can’t seem to hold herself or anyone else in her administration accountable for not protecting our most vulnerable children. She is leading the anti-accountability administration.
Earlier this year, one of her Secretaries claimed there was no evidence of hunger in New Mexico, but Governor Martinez let it pass. Are you seeing the pattern?
I am tired of watching this administration push for issues that are intended to divide us instead of fighting for New Mexicans.
No more excuses. I am calling on Governor Martinez to take immediate action and to demand accountability from the people she appointed. I am demanding that she remove Yolanda Deines as Secretary of CYFD and immediately launch an investigation into why these tragedies keep occurring on her watch.
Governor Martinez and her appointees just don’t seem to get it. Enough is enough, and it’s time to appoint a head of CYFD that will take responsibility and fight for our children. We can and must do better.
I need your help: please call and email your State Representative and Senator and demand that they also call for Secretary Deines’ removal. Don’t let them leave Santa Fe without demanding accountability, because the abused and neglected children in our state can’t wait any longer.
Today in Santa Fe I officially filed to be a Democratic candidate for governor of the State of New Mexico.
After collecting thousands of signatures and criss-crossing New Mexico I know that my campaign enjoys incredible support from every corner of our state. From towns like Springer and Socorro to Las Cruces and Las Vegas – people like you are showing me that New Mexico is hungry for the kind of vision and effective leadership I will provide as your next governor.
I’m not certain where Susana Martinez has been spending her time these past few years, but it isn’t hard to tell that she hasn’t spent any time walking in the boots of average New Mexicans.
Moving New Mexico forward starts by believing in what’s possible for our state.
Growing up in a tiny town in Northern New Mexico, in the kind of poverty too many of New Mexico's children are battling - few would have imagined that I would be here today. Before I beleived in myself, I was surrounded by a community that believed in me.
That's why I believe we can be a global leader in renewable energy. I believe we can work together to make our schools work for our children. I believe we can create jobs and grow our economy.
I also believe that with the right leadership – New Mexico doesn’t have to be last on all the good lists and first on all the bad lists.
Make a contribution today in any amount and you'll help my campaign stand up to Susana's attack machine and remind New Mexicans what it means to believe again.
This may not be my first rodeo, but it is by far the most important. There is too much at stake for us Democrats to sit on the sidelines watching the action, or to close our eyes and hope we choose a candidate who is prepared for the challenges ahead. That's why I got in the race, and it is why I am counting on your support.
I am the candidate who knows New Mexico like no other, who has actually created thousands of jobs for New Mexicans, and who has the experience and tenacity to unify Democrats and make Susana Martinez a one-term governor.
Make your move today. Join my campaign.
Thank you for your support,
An Economic Home Run
Today in Las Cruces I joined Senators Udall and Heinrich, and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to discuss the importance of protecting the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks with national monument designation.
Monument designation means more good things to come for Southern New Mexico, Dona Ana County, and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.
This monument will protect the area’s natural heritage by allowing traditional uses like hunting, livestock grazing, hiking, and camping. It is more than just a conservation win, it is an economic homerun for one of New Mexico’s leading industries – recreation and tourism! As the former President of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce I was closely involved in the creation of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in Taos County in 2012. Leading a coalition of business and industry leaders, we demonstrated the economic ripples national monument designation would have on the local economy, and we were right! Since then I have taken an active role in supporting Organ Mountain Peaks designation.
If Dona Ana County is anything like other areas with new national monuments nearby, continued economic vitality and diversification will come with monument designation.
Consider this fact:
In the case of El Malpais National Monument outside of Grants, monument designation coincided with a reversal of declines in population, employment, personal income, and per capita income.
(Headwaters Economics report
My experience has taught that keeping our New Mexico's local economies alive and thriving is going to require patience, commitment, and creativity. It’s just this kind patience, commitment, and creativity that hundreds of Dona Ana County business leaders and conservation advocates are demonstrating in their collaboration to secure National Monument status for the Organ Mountains.We can grow our local and state economies while protecting our most important natural assests for future generations. I applaud efforts to establish the ORgan Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument.
After hearing the Governor's State of the State address yesterday, I wonder: where exactly does Susana Martinez live? Because, yet again, the rhetoric we heard from our Governor simply does not match the reality of what is happening every day in every corner of our state.
I know our reality because I've seen the real state of our state with my own eyes. New Mexicans are struggling and the Governor's policies are making things worse. But yesterday, instead of a coherent vision for a better New Mexico, we got a laundry list of quick fixes and policy band-aids – some of which could have and should have been proposed three years ago.
My message to Governor Martinez: Too little, too late. You've had three years to lead, and you've failed to grow New Mexico or plan for its future. As they say: if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
It's about time your Governor was more concerned about your job than her own. Maybe if Governor Martinez spent less time plotting her next move in politics and more time listening to the people she is supposed to be leading, she'd understand the real state of our state as she begins year four of her administration.
New Mexico ranks near the bottom of the country in job growth and high school graduation rates, but first in the nation in income inequality. Our population is stagnant. Our state took drastic steps under Martinez to lower taxes for big businesses, yet small businesses continue to close and entrepreneurs have fled our state in droves.Perhaps most unfortunately, thanks to the raw political ambition of our Governor and her administration, we are losing faith that our state government is actually putting the needs of people first.
New Mexicans deserve a government as good as its people. They haven't had that with Susana Martinez at the helm. With me as Governor, they will. And next year, when I deliver the State of the State address – I'll offer a people's agenda for New Mexico that has only one focus: making our state the best place in America to earn a living, raise a family, and pursue your dreams.
But I won't be able to do it without your help.
Thank you for your support,
January 15, 2014
As I travel the state talking to New Mexico Democrats from Ruidoso and Raton to Las Cruces and Las Vegas - the June Democratic Primary seems a long way off.
I still have some big hurdles to jump and I need your support
. Many of you have not yet met me, so I encourage you to watch the short video sharing my story and values with you (Click the image to view
). I know after watching you'll understand why I am New Mexico First, New Mexico Always.
The New Mexico Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention is coming up and it is an important time to demonstrate the viability of my campaign. In fact, in order to be on the Primary Election ballot I must receive the votes of at least 20% of the Pre-Primary Delegates who attend the convention.
This is where I am hoping you will help me.
Across the state every county is organizing a Pre-Primary Convention to elect delegates who will vote for candidates for Governor at the state convention. Will you be a Delegate for me?
Being a delegate is easy, and critical
. If you are ready to be a delegate to the state convention - or of you want more information on the process, click here and sign up today
. An organizer will follow up to give you more information on the process and time/location for your County Convention.
I know that we have a long hill to climb, but I believe in New Mexico and I believe that with your support my campaign will show that I have what it takes to work with New Mexicans to put our state back on track.
Albuquerque Journal's Opinion
Today the Albuquerque Journal shed more light on the into the dark dealings and questionable judgment that are coming to characterize New Mexico’s McClesky-Martinez Administration.
The cat is out of the bag, and this is not the last we will hear about mismanagement and political operatives steering from the shadows. This is also not the last we will hear about Susana Martinez’s failed leadership and forgotten campaign promises of transparency and an end to pay-to-play politics.
New Mexico deserves better. Every time we turn around we are on the bottom of another list. I believe we can and must do better. I am running for Governor because I have what it takes to put New Mexicans first on day one, and every day of a Rael Administration. We face big challenges in New Mexico. Child welfare – we are last in the nation. The gap between rich and poor – we have the biggest. Recovering lost jobs — we are worst among our peer states. These challenges are invitations to be bold, and they are a constant reminder of the real work we elect a Governor to do. We can't afford four more years of shadow government.
I am the Democratic candidate that can unite New Mexicans to win in November. For decades, I have brought people together to do great things for our families and communities. I am ready to take my passion, leadership and values to Santa Fe and turn this state around.
Join the campaign today by contributing whatever you can to help. Whether it’s $5 or $5,200, your contribution will go towards building a campaign and leading a dialogue that is sorely lacking.
With your support I am ready to bring integrity back to Santa Fe and prosperity to New Mexicans!
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HELP US ELECT LAWRENCE RAEL
Democratic Candidate for Governor
When: Thursday, January 16th, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: 1100 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
ALL DONATIONS ACCEPTED AND APPRECIATED
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DIRECTIONS FROM I-25 SOUTH:
Take exit 159B on the left to merge onto I-25 S toward Las Cruces
Take exit 224B toward Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave/Central Ave/Historic U.S. 66
Merge onto Locust St NE
Turn right onto Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE
Continue onto Marquette Ave NW
Turn right onto 2nd St NW - Destination will be on the right
If you are not able to attend the event, please visit the website to make a contribution today.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
NO Bid Contracts by Martinez Administration
We promised we would update you as the McCleskey-Martinez Adminsitration begins to unravel. You deserve to know how your tax dollars are being misspent under the guise of reform.
Our friends at ProgressNowNM couldn't have said it any better - "It’s a tale of doctored audit findings, no-bid contracts and secret audits and it’s getting stranger by the minute." Despite her best attempts to cover her tracks, the Governor who promised New Mexicans reform and an end to sweetheart deals with contractors is showing her real colors.
This time it cost New Mexico taxpayers $3 million for a secret audit that provided the Martinez Adminstration cover needed tocut off Medicaid payments, putting hundreds out of work and tens of thousands of patients in crisis.
Martinez Adminstration officials charged taxpayers for at least one private auditor to accompany officials to visit one of the private Arizona mental health providers before the audit even began. Emails also show the Human Services Department was in contract negotiations with Arizona providers almost a full month beforethe audit results were presented.
Perhaps it should not surprise New Mexicans that Gov. Martinez is relying on smoke and mirrors to make herself look like a credible leader - but we deserve better.
Leadership matters. I have spent 35 years serving New Mexicans and like you I know that government canwork, when it's first priority is to work for New Mexicans.
P.S. Visit my website today to view a short video that offers insight to my story and the values that will guide me as your next Governor.