Friday, March 25, 2016

Democratic Party Pre-Primary State Convention in Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico

Saturday, March 12, 2016

My husband, Doug, and I (Delegates) actually drove to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday to a hotel because the block of rooms for the convention at the Isleta Resort and Casino was already filled. We then went to the convention area to check-in and verify our credentials at 6:30 PM. We were going to attend the reception held by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, but the lines were long and the area so crowded, we decided to dine elsewhere.

On Saturday morning we ate breakfast at an IHOP and got to the convention in time to caucus for Hillary Clinton for president before heading to our assigned area (Otero County) for the convention. The Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of the State of New Mexico (DPNM), Debra Haaland served as the facilitator and she did a great job of keeping the meeting moving along. Thank goodness she did because there were numerous speakers and much business to handle as well.

Governor Edward Paul Torres, Sr. of the Isleta Pueblo gave the welcoming speech and offered a prayer in the Isleta Tiwa language which was quite melodious. There were special addresses by Attorney General Hector Balderas, State Auditor Tim Keller, State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg, State Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla and House Minority Leader Brian Egolf.

Report of the Credentials Committee was given by Martin Suazo, Chair, Judicial Council and Reading of the Call was by Neomi Martinez-Parra, Secretary DPNM.

Candidate Nominations and Speeches were as follows: Secretary of State: Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Supreme Court: Michael Vigil, New Mexico Court of Appeals: Julie Vargas, US House of Representatives CD l: Michelle Lujan Grisham, CD 2: Merrie Lee Soules, CD 3: Ben R. Lujan.

Introduction to Keynote Speaker Juan Sanchez, Vice Chairman, DPNM, Keynote Speech to Delegates Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut.

Video Address to Delegates given by Secretary Hillary Clinton and a video address given by Senator Bernie Sanders.

Report of the Platform & Resolutions Committee made by Chair John Dyrcz. The voting on this Democratic Party Platform was made by having each delegate vote yes or no on a small ballot and then take it out to the lobby and place it in a yes or no cardboard box. There was much discussion about this Platform as people lined up to give  pros and cons opinions. The results of the voting was NO by three votes.  Sometime during the lengthy counting of the votes Debra Haaland adjourned the convention.

It was an interesting experience and we are glad we took part in this great American tradition.

Otero County New Mexico Delegate Carla Kerr
Merrie Lee Soules Campaign Bus. She is running for U.S. Representative from New Mexico CD 2
Giving some New Mexico flavor to the convention were these excellent Mariachis
Hillary supporters getting ready to make a lot of noise
This lady was selling her Dump the tRUMP buttons
Attorney General Hector Balderas backing Hillary Clinton
Carla managed to get a Hillary poster
Carla visiting with Doc DuBois, a beloved WWII Pearl Harbor survivor and Otero County Delegate
Hope Swanson, first time voter and granddaughter of Donna & Jeff Swanson
Otero County Delegates AJ, Carla and Linda Barker
Otero County Delegates, Donna, Hope and Stephanie DuBois
A shot of the crowd assimilating for the convention. There were over 1300 attendees
Debra Haaland, Chairwoman, DPNM convening the convention
Pam Cordova, President, New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and Zack Quintero, President, Young Democrats of New Mexico leads the Pledge to the New Mexican Flag
Attorney General Hector Balderas addresses Delegates
State Auditor Tim Keller addresses Delegates
State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg addresses Delegates
State Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla addresses Delegates
House Minority Leader Brian Egolf addresses Delegates
Martin Suazo, Chair, Judicial Council reports on the Credentials Committee
Neomi Martinez-Parra, Secretary, DPNM gives the Reading of the Call
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Candidate for Secretary of State

Michael Vigil, Candidate for New Mexico Supreme Court

Julie Vargas, Candidate for New Mexico Court of Appeals
Michelle Lujan Grisham incumbent for House of Representatives CD 1
Merrie Lee Soules running for U.S.House of Representatives CD 2
Ben R. Lujan incumbent US House of Representatives CD 3

Juan Sanchez, Vice Chairman, DPNM introducing Keynote Speaker
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut gives Keynote Speech to Delegates
We returned to the hotel and took a well deserved nap. Then we went to our favorite Hibachi Restaurant for dinner and it was delicious.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for taking all the pictures and processing them to go in my blog. I do apologize for not taking a shot of him but he is always behind the camera and it just didn't occur to me.

This is all I have to say for now.

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