Lawrence Rael for NM Governor

Rael for New Mexico
Rael for New Mexico ​

Just a Few Hours Left! Vote



This is it! Polls will only be open a few more hours. The polls close at 7 pm. If you don't know where to vote, you can check here or call us at 505-554-1313 and we'd be happy to assist you. 

So on your way home, be sure to stop and vote--and take a few friends with you!

Regards,

Lawrence Rael

P.S. Please join us tonight with the Democratic Party at Doubletree Hotel in Albuquerque (201 Marquette Ave NW).



It's Election Day! Vote

It's here: Election Day! If you didn't vote early, then today is your last chance. Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. If you don't know where to vote,you can check here or call us at 505-554-1313 and we'd be happy to assist you. 

This election is critical to our state's future. Our economy has stagnated under Gov. Martinez, and we need a leader who knows how to create jobs here in New Mexico. I have the utmost respect for my fellow candidates, but I urge you to consider which candidate can bring back the voters that Susana Martinez won in 2010. I can defeat Susana Martinez and put our state back on the right track.

The right to vote is one of our most cherished freedoms: please make sure you exercise it--and bring a few friends with you!

Regards,

Lawrence Rael

P.S. Please join us for the election night party with the Democratic Party at Doubletree Hotel in Albuquerque (201 Marquette Ave NW).





Closing Argument: New Mexico, Always


Throughout this campaign, I’ve been asked: why are you running?

The answer is simple: Because New Mexico—the good and the bad—has shaped my life, and I have dedicated myself to making New Mexico a place we can all be proud to call home.

New Mexico gave me an appreciation for the incredible strength of diversity: I am the son of a mother from Mexico and a father with deep roots in Northern New Mexico. Our cultures and our traditions are what make us uniquely New Mexican. 

Its afflictions have had a deep impact on my family: a drunk driver killed my father when I was only three years old. But I learned thepower of of community as friends, families and even strangers embraced us and gave my mother the help needed to raise seven children on her own.

I grew up knowing the pain of poverty, but was fortunate to find a path to prosperity through family, hard work, and a quality education. New Mexico has given me my wife Kim, and a home to raise our three children.

New Mexico has shaped my life, and I want to give back. Struggling families should have it just a little easier, and their children should not go to bed hungry at night. Our children should believe that that a dream really can become the future, if we give them the education and the tools to become the leaders that our state needs.

I am proud of the things I’ve accomplished for New Mexico. I’ve helped bring jobs, having worked with General Mills, GAP, Tempur-Pedic, and others. I’ve supported our homegrown businesses, launching “Buy Local” campaigns with the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. I’ve developed projects that improved our quality of life: bringing baseball back to New Mexico, putting in bike trails, shepherding the Aquarium, Biopark, and parks and libraries to fruition. Through the Rail Runner and other projects, I’ve helped build the infrastructure that we need to prepare for the future.

I am running to be governor because our state is capable of so much more. My mantra in this campaign has been New Mexico, Always. I have experienced the highs and the lows that our great state offers, and I am ready to meet and defeat the challenges we face.

I hope to have your support on June 3. Please share this message with your friends and family. Together, we can win this election. 

Regards,

Lawrence Rael

P.S. If you would like to make calls to help spread the word, please stop by our office at 4317 Lead Ave SE in Albuquerque or call us at 505-554-1313.




More Politics & Band-Aids From Martinez


In February I put forth my vision for our state’s water future.

At the heart of my administration’s commitment to water security is a visionary and collaborative Water Cabinet that will integrate and lead the multitude of agencies and organizations that, through no fault of their own, have competing mandates and operate in "silos." Water security will not be piecemeal policy or the result of weekend cramming in the Rael Administration.

At that time I said “Governor Martinez seems to have just realized that we are facing a water crisis, but she has no idea what must be done.” We don’t have time for a governor to figure our water future out, or worse, to throw it under the bus for political expedience.

 


That’s why I was disheartened to hear that Gov. Martinez

has state employees cramming this weekend,

so she can claim to have a state water plan before Tuesday's election.


 

If she does try to convince New Mexicans that she has been concerned about our water future by rolling out a "weekend-water-plan", just before the election, I will kindly remind her that she’s late to the party.

Knowing how to move New Mexico forward means knowing how to bring people together. New Mexico First found this out in April at its Water Planning, Development, and Use Town Hall.

Its first recommendation? Improve state and regional water plans, with a focus on integrating the players.

Since day one on the campaign trail I have said thatreal water security will take hard work and collaborationFor Governor Martinez, water, like everything else she does, is still about politics and band-aids.  

I hope to earn your vote on Tuesday. It is one giant step towards voting Susana out November 4th.

 

Regards,

Lawrence Rael






Las Vegas Optic Agrees "Rael offers the best shot at beating Martinez



"We urge San Miguel County voters to throw their support behind Lawrence Rael."
 
Today the Las Vegas Optic endorsed my candidacy for governor, saying "Rael offers the best shot at beating Martinez."
 
More and more people every day are coming to the same conclusion. Just a few days ago it was news on KRQE.
 
Our campaign has worked hard to earn the support of voters across New Mexico, and after the Primary Election we are well-positioned to "scale up" our operations and launch a General Election campaign that will build a united front of Democrats who know Democrats win when Democrats vote. We will also bring together Independent and Republican voters who are tired of Gov. Martinez's game playing, outsourcing, and inability to move New Mexico forward.
 
In these final days of the campaign voters who haven't already voted early will have a tough decision to make: follow the polls, or follow a leader?
 
The Optic puts it this way:
 
"Yes, Attorney General Gary King is the front runner in the poll, but we feel he has no shot at beating Republican Gov. Susana Martinez should he win the Democratic nomination. Why, you may ask? Simple. His handling of corruption cases in this state has left much to be desired, and the Martinez camp will hammer away at that over the coming months. Rael doesn’t have that baggage."


Lawrence is the only candidate running for governor with a reputation for fixing what's broken. He will effectively neutralize advantages that put Gov. Martinez in office in 2010. She was able to win in our Democratic state because she had the support of almost 40% of Hispanic voters. He will force Susana to spend her campaign cash on her race, not on returning the House of Representatives to Republican hands.
 
Susana Martinez hopes Democrats stay at home and asleep through this critical election. When Democrats vote, Democrats win.This Primary Election is our last best shot to fix all the things that Susana Martinez has broken, or failed to be able to fixEnough is enough.
 
The Albuquerque Journal poll showed that it was a three-way race to win the nomination. Lawrence can win the primary on June 3rd, but we need your help to spread the word that only one candidate can take on and beat Susana Martinez.
 
Saturday is the last day to Vote Early before election day. Find a place near you to Vote Early.
 
Tell your friends and family: Rael is the one who will stop Susana!

 

Jonathan Teeters
Campaign Manager


Final Fundraising Period



Tonight is the last fundraising reporting deadline for the June 3rd Primary. The future of New Mexico, and especially New Mexico’s children, is at stake. There is only one Democratic candidate that can beat Susana Martinez in November, my husband, Lawrence Rael.

Campaigns are expensive and we need your help, with whatever you can contribute, in this final push to win on June 3rd.

Please join me, and parents all across New Mexico, with your contribution to end the Martinez-McCleskey Reign of Error, which is hurting our families. See the data for yourself:  check out the “Kids Count” Profile which ranks New Mexico 50th in overall child well-being.

Lawrence decided to run for Governor because he just couldn’t sit on the sidelines. The status quo, and four more years of Martinez-McCleskey, would be intolerable.

Lawrence is running for the Moms and Dads and Grandparents in New Mexico who struggle, whose children go to bed hungry, who can’t access quality preschool, or who struggle to find resources to help them learn to read or succeed in school.

I am ever grateful for the blessings in my life, especially my three children and Lawrence. We are the lucky ones: as a Mom I know that my children don’t go to bed hungry or cold or worried about whether Mom and Dad can afford to keep the house or pay the electric bill. My children have access to good healthcare and education. But we know that there are many hard-working families across the state who are struggling to make ends meet, even as they fight to provide for their children.

Lawrence is running for Governor because he cares deeply about New Mexico, especially about the next generation. Lawrence and I both came from humble beginnings in Northern New Mexico, and we know that education and access to good jobs is the key to escaping the oppression of poverty.

Our vision for New Mexicans is that every parent can tuck his or her children in at night knowing they are nourished, healthy and safe. And get them up in the morning and off to a good school where they can achieve. Our vision is that every parent has good housing and economic security, and is surrounded by the love of friends and family.

Contribute $5 to help us turn this vision of a better New Mexico into reality.

 

Regards,

Kim Sanchez Rael




Rael has "best shot of beating Martinez head to head"


"Rael likely has the best shot of beating Martinez head to head in the general election."
 
I am the best candidate to take on and beat Susana Martinez: that was the unequivocal conclusion of UNM political science professor Gabe Sanchez. If you missed the report on Channel 13 last night, you can watch the spot here. Please share it with your friends.
 
According to Sanchez, Gov. Martinez was able to win in our Democratic state because she had the support of almost 40% of Hispanic voters. Sanchez believes that, while I would be a governor for all New Mexicans, I would be best positioned to bring those voters back and make Susana a one term governor:
 
“The obvious factor is he’s the Hispanic candidate among all those on the Democratic side that has the greatest shot of emerging victorious during the primary,” Sanchez said. “I think that neutralizes some of the Governor’s ability to attract moderate Democrats who are Hispanic in her direction and he might generate a lot of turnout among Hispanic voters.”
 
The Albuquerque Journal poll showed that it was a three-way race to win the nomination. We can win the primary on June 3rd, but I need your help to spread the word that only one candidate can take on and beat Susana Martinez. Please vote early and tell your friends and family: Rael is the candidate who can beat Susana!

Regards,

Lawrence Rael




We are the lucky ones


In the flood of activity the day after the holiday, I wanted to make sure you didn't miss the important message below from Lawrence's wife, Kim Sanchez Rael, about the importance of this Governor's race from a mother's perspective.  As a mother and grandmother myself, I share Kim's vision for a better New Mexico, and I know first-hand that Lawrence Rael has that special combination of compassion, experience and vision that will lead New Mexico forward.  Please take a few minutes and read this important message, and help us get Lawrence over the victory line on June 3rd.
 
Regards, 
 
Tracy Perea
Deputy Campaign Manager
 
 
Dear friend,
 
Tonight is the last fundraising reporting deadline for the June 3rd Primary. The future of New Mexico, and especially New Mexico’s children, is at stake. There is only one Democratic candidate that can beat Susana Martinez in November, my husband, Lawrence Rael.

Campaigns are expensive and we need your help, with whatever you can contribute, in this final push to win on June 3rd.

Please join me, and parents all across New Mexico, with your contribution to end the Martinez-McCleskey Reign of Error, which is hurting our families. See the data for yourself:  check out the “Kids Count” Profile which ranks New Mexico 50th in overall child well-being.

Lawrence decided to run for Governor because he just couldn’t sit on the sidelines. The status quo, and four more years of Martinez-McCleskey, would be intolerable.

Lawrence is running for the Moms and Dads and Grandparents in New Mexico who struggle, whose children go to bed hungry, who can’t access quality preschool, or who struggle to find resources to help them learn to read or succeed in school.

I am ever grateful for the blessings in my life, especially my three children and Lawrence. We are the lucky ones: as a Mom I know that my children don’t go to bed hungry or cold or worried about whether Mom and Dad can afford to keep the house or pay the electric bill. My children have access to good healthcare and education. But we know that there are many hard-working families across the state who are struggling to make ends meet, even as they fight to provide for their children.

Lawrence is running for Governor because he cares deeply about New Mexico, especially about the next generation. Lawrence and I both came from humble beginnings in Northern New Mexico, and we know that education and access to good jobs is the key to escaping the oppression of poverty.

Our vision for New Mexicans is that every parent can tuck his or her children in at night knowing they are nourished, healthy and safe. And get them up in the morning and off to a good school where they can achieve. Our vision is that every parent has good housing and economic security, and is surrounded by the love of friends and family.

Contribute $5 to help us turn this vision of a better New Mexico into reality.

 

Regards,

Kim Sanchez Rael



Support Taos and Albuquerque Teachers


Teachers have hit the breaking point. This last week, after students went home for the summer, teachers received their "evaluations" from the Public Education Department. In Albuquerque and Taos, teachers were so fed up with the Martinez-Skandera education model, they burned their evaluations in protest.

It's a story that reflects the frustration of teachers across the state. Although many teachers had been rated “Effective” by their principals (who had been in their classes a minimum of 5 times), PED rated many teachers minimally effective or ineffective. Teachers who have won the Golden Apple or worked 20 years--sacrificing for students--were told they were terrible teachers.

Why? The PED only used principal evaluations as a small percentage of the overall score. Student test scores and absences were the largest part of many evaluations. Many special education teachers received 0 percent for the student portion of the evaluation.

Consequently, these teachers will have to complete weekly reports and be monitored by the already overworked principals. I hear story after story of teachers throwing in the towel and resigning. Teachers in areas stricken with poverty and drug abuse were hit the hardest, and many will have to leave or risk losing their licenses. In short, if something is not done quickly our schools will be destroyed and most importantly our students will lose the most important resource they have: an education!

Rather than engaging our teachers and making them a part of the solution, this administration turned a deaf ear to their concerns. The Skandera plan isn’t right for New Mexico, but I need your help to defeat Gov. Martinez. If you tell ten friends—and they tell ten friends—to vote Rael, we can win this election. 

I will return our focus to letting teachers teach, and letting students learn how to think instead of learning to take tests. Please pass this email along to your friends and family. On June 3, with your help, we will take the first step to take back our state.

Regards,

Lawrence Rael

 



A Day of Remembrance

This Memorial Day, I join you in honoring the men and women of our armed services. We take this day to remember those who gave their lives alongside their brothers and sisters.   

Their sacrifice deserves our remembrance, but it demands much more of us. In New Mexico, we have one of the highest per capita rate of service in the country. We can honor those that died for our country by meeting our commitments to their families and to those veterans who stood along side them but were fortunate enough to come home.


My father was a World War II veteran. He was able to come home to raise his family, only to be killed by a drunk driver when I was only three years old. To me, his story symbolizes the challenges that remain here in New Mexico. We owe it to all who have served to finally come to grips with the issues that face our state, especially the challenges faced by our veterans.

We will remember, but we must also act.

As Governor, I will honor those who we have lost and all those that served by working tirelessly to address issues that impact New Mexico's veterans:

Jobs

  • Over 60% of unemployed veterans in the U.S. are over the age of 45. We can increase coordination among state agencies and job training centers so that we are training for the jobs of tomorrow. There are institutions around the state, such as our local community colleges, that should place an increased focus on job training for adults and veterans.
  • Review how we are currently using federal Workforce Investment dollars and explore how we can better leverage resources that are available to the state.
  • Provide additional scholarships and other mechanisms to assist veterans to find paths to re-training. 
  • Examine what further incentives can be offered to businesses for employing veterans and tie these businesses into our job training programs.

Health Care

  • Gov. Martinez's "reforms" of behavioral health care services have disproportionately impacted veterans in rural areas. While some services are available at the VA, we can’t ignore the difficulty that many veterans outside of urban centers have gaining access to needed services.
  • Invest in creating additional centers around the state that can provide comprehensive mental health services to veterans and non-veterans alike.
  • Include access to substance abuse programs and support groups that deal specifically with the issues faced by our veterans.
  • In addition to developing new resources, we must look at what existing organizations can be more involved in this area. For example, the NM National Guard can offer a both a mechanism and locations to help provide these services.

Housing

  • There are a variety of tax credits available to veterans and particularly disabled veterans. We should examine which credits are working, and which should be expanded.
  • The state owns an enormous amount of land. As governor, I would work to develop opportunities to use state assets for housing for veterans--constructed by veterans--using modern green building techniques.  Not only would we be creating additional housing for veterans, and a common area where we could deliver mental health services, we would also be providing jobs and valuable training.

My thoughts today are with those men and women we have lost and their families. New Mexico thanks you for your service and your sacrifice.

Regards,

Lawrence Rael

What the Journal Poll Means


With the release of the Albuquerque Journal poll, the race just became a lot clearer: despite being the target for negative campaign tactics and going up against the sitting Attorney General with high name ID, two sitting Senators, and a candidate that has dumped in nearly a half million of his own dollars to try and buy the election - we are positioned to win on June 3, with your support.


Today’s poll results from the Albuquerque Journal reveal just how this race will be won:

  • 30% of likely Democratic voters remain undecided – a group that is less likely to support Gary King, whose momentum has slowed. 
  • My campaign is leading among other candidates in northern New Mexico (a region Susana won in 2010) and in Albuquerque, where the most votes will be cast.
  • The largest group of undecided voters is Hispanic.

Now we know which candidates have a chance to win, and you have to decide: who can beat Susana Martinez in the General Election and put our state back on the right track?

Your vote can make the difference.

Susana won in 2010 by outperforming in northern New Mexico and Democratic parts of Albuquerque. We are a Democratic state—she has to do the same to win again. I have spent my life working to bring jobs and improve the quality of life for these areas, and I know that I can bring these Democrats back.

New Mexico needs a governor who is committed to all of the state—north, east, south and west. But we know where Susana has to perform well to win, and I can beat her there. That’s why I’m being anonymously attacked by slanderous robo calls from a conservative group in Washington D.C.

The momentum for my campaign has been growing in recent weeks, having earned the endorsements of former Gov. Jerry Apodaca and House Majority Whip Antonio “Moe” Maestas. Rep. Maestas knows that we need a candidate that can help keep the House in Democratic hands.

I’ve been humbled by the incredible support I’ve received from voters across the state. I hope that when you go to cast your ballot, I can earn your vote.

Together, we will beat Susana in the General Election.

 

Let's do this!

Lawrence Rael

 


Illegal Push Poll Targets Lawrence


 

It looks like Jay McCleskey is up to his typical dirty tricks. And it is clear why he is doing it: because he doesn't want Susana to face Lawrence in the general election.


Over the last week, we have received many calls about a “push poll” that is currently targeting Lawrence's campaign. Without prompting, each of these voters have reported to us the same thing: the voter is asked who she is supporting, and if the voter responds they are supporting Lawrence, she is told lies intended to mislead about his record of public service. The voter is then told something positive about Alan Webber, and asked if she would consider supporting Mr. Webber given those “facts.” The calls fail to disclose who paid for them, so it's not just dirty--it's illegal.

Let us be clear: after looking into these calls, we do not currently believe that the Webber campaign is behind these attacks. Lawrence has spoken twice this week with Alan, and Alan has promised that they had nothing to do with them. Our hope is that Alan will publicly disavow these dirty political tactics and ensure that his supporters aren’t behind it.

Our investigation leads us to believe that, based on one of the phone numbers used, this is likely coming from a conservative group that has run push polls in the state in the past. If that’s the case, then you can be sure that Jay McCleskey is behind it. That raises the question: why is he attacking Lawrence and trying to build up Alan?

It’s obvious. Jay McCleskey knows that Lawrence is the candidate that can bring back the Democrats, in key areas in the North and Albuquerque, who supported Susana Martinez in 2010. New Mexico is a Democratic state, and she can’t win if she’s up against a candidate with the values and experience to bring back Democrat voters, along with Independents and Republicans in the general election. Gov. Martinez has failed to create jobs here, while Lawrence has.

Our internal numbers, and what we are experiencing from our grassroots organizing, both show the Rael campaign is gaining significant momentum. Apparently, others are taking notice, but there is no place for dirty politics in this primary. We have accordingly filed a report with the Secretary of State’s office asking that they investigate these illegal push polls. If you have received one, I urge you to contact the Secretary of State’s office and inform them of these calls.

There's no place for dirty politics in our state. We have too many pressing issues to address. The Republicans behind this are trying to stop Lawrence's momentum, but we can't let them. Please help get the word out to your friends and neighbors--Vote Early for the candidate who can win: Vote Rael! 

 

Regards,

Jonathan Teeters

Campaign Manager


I'm with Lawrence

 

Governor Martinez has been a horrible steward of our economy, and our families cannot afford four more years of economic stagnation. That’s why I’m supporting Lawrence Rael for Governor.

Lawrence Rael is a leader who has years of experience in creating jobs and bringing people together. He will end the war against our teachers, emphasize early learning for every child in our state and fix the current dysfunction that exists in many state government agencies.

Lawrence has run a strong campaign, keeping the pressure on Governor Martinez over her failure to get our economy moving and seemingly daily new allegations of corruption. Not only will Lawrence beat Governor Martinez in November, he is the candidate we need to lead our party this fall and help my colleagues push back the tea-party Republicans attempt to take over the House of Representatives.

We need a  candidate who is capable of winning in November, and once he wins, who will finally get our state back on track. We cannot just vote against Governor Martinez—we need to vote for a candidate who can win.

So please join me … by getting on the bus to victory in November and vote Lawrence Rael for Governor.

Sincerely,

Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas

House Majority Whip

An Educator Supports Rael

I have been a teacher in New Mexico for just under 21 years, and I am proud to support Lawrence Rael for Governor because I am dismayed at the current arbitrary edicts issued by the Public Education Department (PED) and I am ready for real leadership. What is even more disheartening is that the PED is under the control of Hanna Skandera – a person with no teaching experience, a person who has never been responsible for the education of any of our children. Under the supervision of Governor Martinez, the PED has become a draconic instrument of robbing our students of their curiosity and joy in learning. I have not earned my credentials and expertise to teach students to become efficient test takers.

Recently, Lawrence Rael and I had a substantive conversation about his support of public education. He recognizes the need to free ourselves from the burden of excessive and unnecessary standardized testing. He sees the value of teachers’ talents and creativity. Lawrence knows that educating our students requires that we help them to develop the ability to think critically and to be able to solve problems. My philosophy of education is founded on the principle that our obligation is to encourage students to become informed participants in our democracy.

Lawrence is also aware of the devastating effects of the current evaluation system on the morale of teachers. In essence, teachers have been silenced by the current administration. Lawrence has a plan to refocus education on preparing our students for the world in which we live today. He wants to change the way our students and our teachers are evaluated in order to represent the real learning that is happening in our schools. He also intends to see that programs are adequately funded, especially those that serve our most vulnerable students in special education programs.

I hold National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Education (Read: secondary English) and a PhD in Special Education. Lawrence recognizes that I, and other teachers, really do know what we are talking about and he listens to our voices. He understands the plight of teachers in New Mexico who have been denigrated and stifled by the corporate interests that infect the PED. He is the candidate who will change the climate of education to one that recognizes the creativity and potential of our students and our teachers. That is why Lawrence Rael has my vote on June 3rd.

Sincerely,

Frances Robinson Duff, Ph.D.

National Board Certification Adolescent and Young Adult Language Arts

Ph.D Special Education

One plane sold and 4,400 jobs lost

Susana Martinez: one plane sold and 4,400 jobs lost. That’s her record as governor.

The lost jobs number comes from her Department of Workforce Solutions. Of course, they waited until late in the day last Friday to reveal the bad news, a cynical maneuver to minimize attention.

This job loss—with the breadwinners for over 4,000 New Mexico families given pink slips—occurred during the supposed “job-creating” governor’s watch over the past 12 months. The real toll of the Martinez economy is even worse: many more have given up looking for jobs or are having to work 2 or even 3 jobs just to make ends meet.

Make no mistake: this is a New Mexico problem, not a national or regional problem. When you compare how we are doing to other states, it’s heart wrenching. Colorado added 70,800 jobs. Texas added over 300,000. Arizona added 40,600. And this week, we learned that Southwest Airlines is cutting flights to Albuquerque, meaning that we will lose more jobs and it will be harder and more expensive for tourists to visit New Mexico. Gov. Martinez, predictably, has said nothing. On the Southwest Chief, which brings millions of dollars to our economy, she is again silent. There is no plan to build new jobs, and there isn't even a plan to keep the jobs we have.

Gov. Martinez can claim that she inherited our current problems all she wants, but results speak louder. Leaders in other states have performed instead of making excuses, why can’t she?

Enough is enough. It’s time for a governor that knows how economic development works, who will stop pointing at everyone else and say the buck stops with me. I worked with General Mills and Tempur-Pedic, managed infrastructure projects that created jobs, and negotiated to bring baseball back to Albuquerque. I don’t have to point to a plane; I can point to jobs I helped bring to New Mexico.

Susana Martinez needs to cancel her upcoming exclusive, high-roller fundraisers with Chris Christie, Dick Cheney and the ultra-conservative Tea Party, get back to her desk and put together a plan to mitigate the incredible loss of those 4,400 New Mexican jobs. 

As governor, I will be responsible for getting our economy going again. There are at least 4,400 New Mexicans who deserve better than her out-of-touch-with-reality television commercials. Let’s get back to work.

Regards,

Lawrence Rael




I'm Proud to Support Lawrence Rael


I'm proud to support Lawrence Rael. Not only has he been an outstanding public servant, he's been at the forefront of fighting for equality for New Mexicans of all backgrounds


As governor, we can count on Lawrence to ensure women are treated equally in New Mexico. At a time when a woman still makes just 76 cents for every dollar a man makes, we need a governor who knows how to make our government an example for the private sector.

I have known Lawrence for many years, and he doesn't just speak on issues of equality, he leads on them. In his 35 years working for New Mexicans, Lawrence has been an excellent colleague, mentor and friend for women – and men too.

We need a governor in Santa Fe to stand up for the rights of every New Mexican, not to represent out of state corporations and big dollar campaign donors.

Now more than ever it is important for New Mexicans to come together behind a candidate who will make the state one of the most progressive on issues of equality.

I am proud to join women across the state in supporting Lawrence Rael, and I ask you to join me in working to make sure Lawrence is New Mexico's next governor. 

Early voting has already started, so please vote early, and check the box for Lawrence Rael - Governor!

Regards,

Clara Apodaca, Former First Lady of New Mexico


3 of a kind: Martinez, Christie, and Cheney

 

Here they come: Governor Martinez is giving up all pretenses of being a moderate and is simply trying to win on dollars alone. We know she doesn't have a record that she can run on: worst in the nation in child welfare and hunger and one of the worst in the nation at creating jobs shouldn't get you a second term. 


 

So she's calling in the big guns. Today we learned that not only is Chris Christie coming to help her raise dollars, so is . . . Dick Cheney. Two of the most controversial figures in America, but she's that desperate.

 

And they would have you believe she isn't worried about her re-election chances? 

 

You can fight back and tell her that New Mexicans' voices matter most. With each passing day, and with each new allegation of corruption, New Mexicans are waking up to the fact that she is vulnerable, and they know that Lawrence Rael is the candidate who can bring back the Democrats and independents who supported her in 2010.

 

Tell Susana that New Mexico is not for sale! Lawrence Rael is the only candidate to have his commercials written by, shot by, and produced by New Mexicans. He knows we can't just talk about supporting our local businesses and then send our campaign dollars elsewhere.

 

A contribution of $25, $50, or $100 will help Lawrence take on Susana, Dick and Chris after the primary!

 

Regards,

Jonathan Teeters, Rael for New Mexico Campaign Manager



Teachers are the key to



Teachers are the key to unlocking our state’s potential and moving New Mexico from the bottom of all the good lists. They’re the key to a vibrant economy and preparing our children for a future here, in New Mexico. Teachers are also the key to winning this election and turning back the failed policies of Hannah Skandera and Susana Martinez.

How important are teachers to this election? So important that Gov. Martinez felt she had to lie to teachers in public while privately scheming to give herself political cover to cut their salaries (listen to her plan to lie to New Mexicans here).

As New Mexico’s next governor, I know teachers MUST be part of the solution, not a political punching bag. Teachers know their classrooms and students best, and we should be listening to them instead of Hannah Skandera.

Let’s build an educational system that works for New Mexico and supports students and teachers, not Skandera’s Florida model that supports privatization of public education.

As governor, here is how I would reform education:

  • Pay our teachers a salary commensurate with the value they create every day. We can’t attract and retain good teachers unless we are willing stay competitive by paying them what they could earn elsewhere.
  • Invest in early childhood education. We know that an investment in early childhood education pays for itself. As governor, I would put a plan in front of voters to use a small portion of the permanent fund dollars to invest in early childhood education.  
  • Engage families early. Not enough attention is given to the fact that quality early education is an opportunity to also engage parents and caregivers early, leading to healthier homes. By engaging families as early as possible, we can provide tools to support parents, and we can identify potential problem situations earlier.
  • Let teachers focus on teaching! We should demand accountability, but there are more effective ways to get it than through a standardized tests and rigged teacher evaluations. We need trained evaluators that will work with teachers to identify the needs of their particular classrooms, and help them to meet those specific needs, not how to take a test.
  • Local voices need to be at the table. I support establishing a hybrid of the past statewide board system: an elected school board, with an administrator that answers to the governor. Policy should be influenced by local leaders, not cooked up behind closed doors.

We know that we must do a better job preparing our children to be thinkers and to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. However, any lasting improvements must begin by engaging our teachers and making them a part of the solution. 

Early voting starts statewide this Saturday, May 17. Please vote early if you can, and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Regards,

Lawrence Rael




What are you doing Saturday?


 


It's getting down to crunch time and with the end of the Primary season in sight, it is now time for the only thing that matters in the end - it is time to vote.

 

Click here - commit to vote early for Lawrence Rael

 

As the saying goes "Vote Early, Vote Often". Voting early takes the pressure off and lets you relax knowing you have already made a difference.

 

One in three votes in this election will be cast via absentee ballot or early voting. Make sure you take the opportunity to have your voice heard and show your support for Lawrence Rael.

 

Let Lawrence know he can count on your vote!

 

Early voting starts Saturday the 17th! find your early voting locations by contacting your County Clerk's Office

 

Regards,

Lawrence Rael

 



Our Second TV Ad


The crowds are getting larger. Last week, I received Governor Jerry Apodaca's endorsement. Our grassroots bus tour is reaching more and more New Mexicans. I’m reporting over $200,000 cash on hand, even after having been the only candidate to have purchased TV time for the reporting period. It’s clear that the momentum is growing.

But we can’t let up, so I’m keeping the pressure on by releasing my second television ad of the campaign!

I’m not concerned with what the Washington D.C. consultants are telling other campaigns to say—my campaign focused on the issues that matter to you. Susana is beatable, but only if we keep reminding New Mexicans how she has failed them on a personal level. It's about electing a candidate with a proven commitment to New Mexico and who knows how to put us back on track.

The working father, who is trying to feed his family, isn’t concerned with the Koch brothers. He wants to know whether his kids are getting the education they need to compete. The grandmother that turns on her TV and hears about the tragedy of Omaree Varela worries about her grandchildren. The unemployed veteran wants to know how she is going to get workforce training, because she needs to find a job in one of the worst economies in the nation.

That’s what this election is about, and that’s why Susana is vulnerable: because she has failed New Mexicans on issues that matter to them. Some of those people may have voted for her last time, and we have to make sure they know we’re focused on issues that matter right here at home if we want to earn their votes back.

I need your support. It’s time to start talking to your friends and family about who can beat Susana and sharing our ad.

If you like the ad, if you agree we need to keep our focus on issues that directly impact New Mexicans, then please help keep our ad up on the air by donating $25, $50, or even $100 today.

Regards,

Lawrence Rael

P.S. My ad was written by and produced by New Mexicans. So your campaign donations will go to support New Mexico businesses!

 


Whistleblower Blows the Lid on Martinez Corruption!

Corruption: it’s killing our economy . . . I’ll end it.” Candidate Susana Martinez in 2010.

Maybe now we know why she's failed to create jobs. Mother Jones Magazine has done it again. It has a new expose out alleging: Governor Martinez’s Secretary of Economic Development benefited a company in which he had a financial interest, and when two Republican employees tried to bring this corruption to light, they were fired for it.  It’s the worst type of cronyism imaginable. If their disclosures are true, then this administration is truly rotten to the core, and it’s time to cut out the rot. This is worth your time to read.

Here are the first two things you need to know. First, Gov. Martinez won’t be able to claim this is an attack by a left-wing magazine, because the allegations come from two Republicans appointed by her! Second, she can’t shake this off as just politics, because the alleged wrongdoing amounts to the type of corruption she promised to fight—the type of corruption that costs taxpayers money and maybe even jobs.


Here are the underlying allegations in the lawsuit and Mother Jones’ latest:

  • Two employees, Kurt Saenz and Dr. Brent Eastwood, were appointed by Governor Martinez to work for Jon Barela, Secretary of Economic Development.
  • They became aware that Secretary Barela and others in the Department used their position to benefit a company that Secretary Barela had a financial interest in. Dr. Eastwood reported to the AG’s Office and the State Auditor’s office that the conduct amounted to “procurement code violations, ‘bid rigging’, contract violations and attempted cover-up.”
  • When they tried to bring these allegations to light, they were fired.
  • Both Eastwood and Saenz have been interviewed by the FBI.
  • Saenz and Eastwood allege that they were told, by key Martinez aides Scott Darnell and Ryan Cangiolosi, to use private emails to avoid Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Both Saenz and Eastwood believed that a company called “Real Time Solutions” was paid by the Department without a contract, in violation of the procurement code. They requested that this work stop but were ignored.
  • Saenz and Eastwood claim in their lawsuit that Secretary Barela told them that the Real Time Solutions contract “is a contract requested by the Governor.”
  • Real Time Solutions employs the wife of GOP superlawyer Pat Rogers. So the connections run deep.

The allegations go on and on. There’s too much to unpack here: intimidation, cronyism and corruption.

That’s quite the circus that Governor Martinez is running. No wonder we lag behind the rest of the country in job growth when the Economic Development Department sounds like it’s being run by a cast from a reality TV show rather than competent professionals.

If true, we owe these two whistleblowers a debt of gratitude for standing up and speaking truth to power.

I will say it again: this administration is rotten to the core. I demand that Governor Martinez require a full accounting from her Secretary of Economic Development, release all emails and documents related to these allegations, and require that Secretary Barela and everyone else from her administration cooperate with this lawsuit and any other federal or state investigations. No more excuses.

Governor Martinez promised to fight corruption. Here’s her chance: she’s surrounded by it.

Regards,

Lawrence Rael



I Trust Lawrence Rael


New Mexico is at a crossroads, and we can choose to set New Mexico on a path to prosperity. I trust Lawrence Rael to get us there.

It’s not that Lawrence has given 35 years of public service to New Mexico. It’s that he has consistently delivered results. At a time when New


Mexicans despair of being at the bottom of every bad list, we need a leader who has demonstrated that he can turn our vision into reality.

Lawrence has had tremendous success in economic development and creating jobs—he knows both how to recruit new businesses, as well as how to support our local businesses.  He knows the value of investing in early childhood education for our children, but he's also committed to ensuring we invest in workforce training. Many of our adults are out of work, and we must invest in re-training to ensure they are ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

I also know that Lawrence is the candidate who can win in November. Lawrence can unite the Democratic Party—and attract independent voters too.

I trust Lawrence Rael as New Mexico’s next governor, and I’m proud to support him.

Regards,

Governor Jerry Apodaca



A Buy Local Challenge

 

As President of the Green Chamber of Commerce, I found that one of our most successful and important programs was a “Buy Local” initiative. Supporting local producers, craftsmen, and manufacturers is one of the surest ways to grow our economy. A dollar spent with a local business stays local and creates jobs.


I want to make this part of a very friendly challenge for my fellow candidates: let’s make “Buy Local” a theme of our campaigns. We’ve all talked about the importance of growing local businesses, but we have to actually follow through and support them!

One of the criticisms all of us have leveled is that Governor Martinez takes New Mexican tax dollars and gives them to out of state corporations. She pays a Texas company millions of dollars to tell us how to promote New Mexico. Arizona companies get contracts to run our mental health services—and then those companies recently cut salaries for New Mexicans. Does Governor Martinez think New Mexico businesses aren’t capable of doing those jobs?

I have said throughout this campaign that government must lead by example. New Mexicans need to know that we will follow our words with actions. It should start now—on the campaign.

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit: early in the campaign I hired an out of state consultant on a very small contract, but I quickly found that New Mexicans were much better suited to filling those roles. I’m proud to say that all of my signs have been printed locally. My radio and television ads were written, produced, filmed by, and edited by New Mexicans.  I’ve had New Mexicans make my ad buys. We have tremendous talent here, and we should set the example now by using local talent whenever possible.

Let’s not just talk about building our local businesses, let’s commit to doing it. It helps our economy, it’s the right thing to do, and it shows that, unlike Governor Martinez, we mean what we say.

Regards,

Lawrence Rael


NEA-NM Endorses Democrats


I am pleased to announce that I have been endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA-NM), along with all five Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

That’s right, the NEA-NM is so committed to defeating Susana Martinez in the fall, that they recognize that electing a Democrat is critical. It’s an honor bestowed by NEA-NM that is to be shared by all of us, not claimed by any one campaign.

We are continuing to learn how Governor Martinez says one thing in public and another in private. Teachers have been one of her most prominent victims. That’s why we have to elect a governor that will look New Mexicans and our teachers in the eye and say what he or she means and not try to obscure the truth.

It’s time we start enabling our educators to teach our children how to learn, not just how to take tests. It’s time we start paying our educators a salary that reflects the value they bring to our children and our communities. And most of all, it’s time we send a message to Gov. Martinez and Hannah Skandera that our public education system is not up for sale to the highest private sector bidder.

Thank you NEA-NM. As Governor, I will ensure the Democratic Party continues to serve our teachers, who work on behalf of our children.

 

Regards,

Lawrence Rael

 

P.S. Here is the text of the letter sent from the NEA-NM. I’m proud to share this honor with my fellow Democrats.

 

 

Subject: You (and all four of the other Dem Governor Candidates) are Recommended by Our EdPAC


The Honorable Lawrence Rael,  Candidate for Governor of the State of New Mexico

Cc NEA-New Mexico Local Presidents, Board, staff.

The NEA-New Mexico Board of Directors has concluded it’s thorough Recommendation process for statewide candidates.    Attached is our formal letter from President Patterson regarding the decision to recommend all five Democratic candidates for Governor of the State of New Mexico.   Please note the expectation President Patterson writes of that comes with the Recommendation:  that your campaigns will focus hard on the record of Governor Martinez and each of you will continue to avoid negative campaign tactics against your primary election opponents.

Though dated May 1, the attached announcement will be sent to media statewide tomorrow morning, Tuesday May 6, 2014.

Each of you are now free to say that your candidacy has been Recommended by NEA-New Mexico in the Primary Election.   The Recommendation carries over for the winner into the General Election.

All five of your campaigns are also warmly invited to bring campaign literature and materials (signs/bumper stickers…) to each of our four offices in the State.  Locations are shown here:  http://nea-nm.org/about_us/contact.aspx

Thank you very much for enduring the sacrifices entailed in being a candidate for the highest office in our State. 

With the utmost respect,

 

Charles Goodmacher

NEA-New Mexico UniServ

Research, Communication & Government Relations


Todays Deadline



Through every step of this campaign, I have been overwhelmed by the support, passion, and friendship that so many New Mexicans have shown. You know that, while change is never easy, we can't continue down the path that Governor Martinez has been leading us down. New Mexico has been last in child welfare and child hunger, one of the worst in job creation, and even the conservative Wall Street Journal recognizes that Gov. Martinez has managed the second worst run state in the nation!

 

Our campaign has been steadily gaining momentum. We've built a grassroots campaign, with the hugely popular Rael Runner bus crisscrossing the state. I received extensive coverage in the news following the disclosures in Mother Jones magazine. Finally, I was the first Democrat up with a television ad!

 

Today is one of the final fundraising deadlines. So many of you have stepped up to support this campaign, and I have to ask for your help again. A contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 will help fuel the Rael Runner and will keep our ad up on the air through the primary. 

 

Voters are increasingly aware that Gov. Martinez will be beatable in November and that I can bring back the Democratic voters who supported her in 2010. But I can't do it without your support, and now is the time to act. Please consider making a contribution today to help build on our momentum.

 

Regards,

Lawrence Rael




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