From an email I received -- remember to vote November 6th!
Dear Friends of the Animals,
Election Day in New Mexico is Tuesday, November 6th. Early voting and absentee voting began on October 9th and continues until November 3rd at County Clerks’ Offices. Additional early voting sites open on October 20th and stay open until November 3rd.
We are sending you this e-mail to provide information from the animal welfare perspective on the New Mexico State legislative races, County Commission races, Judgeships, and one District Attorney race. We are also providing information on the US Senate race.
A big part of the animal welfare movement is electing candidates who will support, enact, or enforce laws and policy to protect the well-being of animals. Your vote is one of the easiest and most effective ways in which you are able to make a real difference in the lives of our four-footers, who can’t speak for themselves.
We review each candidate we endorse to determine how he/she has affected or is committed to affecting the lives of animals. For legislative candidates we look to see whether they have sponsored or supported important animal welfare legislation. If individuals have voted against significant animal welfare legislation we will not endorse them but will endorse a viable challenger who has a more receptive mind to protecting the well-being of our four-legged friends.
Although we may not agree with all the votes and actions taken by a particular candidate, each candidate listed here is one who, we are confident, will support improving the lives of animals.
In the case of judges and district attorneys, we are looking for individuals who will enforce our animal cruelty laws to the fullest extent possible.
As always, we encourage you to research the positions of all the candidates in your area on any and all issues of importance to you. Once again, our endorsements are based exclusively on each candidate’s support for the welfare of animals.
Below, you will find our recommendations in those races in which we have sufficient information to endorse candidates. If a candidate is unopposed, we will put a (U) next to his/her name. When you vote, please vote for the unopposed candidates as well, to show your support.
We don’t purport to know all the candidates in every race. We are listing for you those candidates we know to be animal-friendly. In the case of an incumbent who has already demonstrated his/her commitment to animals, we endorse the incumbent. In a case where candidates are running for an open seat or a seat held only for a short time, and a candidate has strongly demonstrated in a previous position or activity a commitment to animals, then we endorse that candidate.
United States Senate:
Martin Heinrich: From his time as an Albuquerque City Councilor, President of the Albuquerque City Council and a US Representative, Martin Heinrich has repeatedly demonstrated his concern for Albuquerque’s and New Mexico’s animals. From helping to pass the Albuquerque Animal Ordinance (one of the most protective and humane ordinances of the time) to helping to end the suffering of the Chimps used for experimentation at the Alamagordo Primate Facility, Martin Heinrich has stood out as a strong voice to bring an end to cruelty towards helpless creatures.
New Mexico Court of Appeals:
Judge Monica Zamora
State Senate: Counties
John Pinto (U) District 3 McKinley, San Juan
George K. Munoz (U) District 4 Cibola, McKinley
Richard C. Martinez (U) District 5 LosAlamos, RioArriba,
Pete Campos (U) District 8 Guadulupe,Mora,San
Miguel, SantaFe, Torrance
John M. Sapien District 9 Sandoval
John C. Ryan District 10 Bernalillo,Sandoval
Gerald P. Ortiz Y Pino (U) District 12 Bernalillo
Bill B. O’Neill (U) District 13 Bernalillo
Cisco McSorley (U) District 16 Bernalillo
Timothy Keller District 17 Bernalillo
William H. Payne District 20 Bernalillo
Mark Moores District 21 Bernalillo,Sandoval
Sander Rue (U) District 23 Bernalillo,Sandoval
Peter Wirth (U) District 25 Santa Fe
Jacob Candelaria (U) District 26 Bernalillo
Howie C. Morales (U) District 28 Catron,Grant,Socorro
Michael Sanchez District 29 Valencia
William F. Burt District 33 Chaves,Lincoln
Mary Jane Garcia District 36 Dona Ana
Carroll H. Leavell (U) District 41 Eddy,Lea
Gay Keman (U) District 42 Chaves,Curry,Eddy, Lea,Roosevelt
Eliseo Alcon (U) District 6 Cibola,McKinley
Patricia Lundstrom (U) District 9 McKinley,SanJuan
Rick S. Miera (U) District 11 Bernalillo
Antonio Moe Maestas (U) District 16 Bernalillo
Gail Chasey District 18 Bernalillo
Sheryl Williams-Stapleton District 19 Bernalillo
Mimi Stewart (U) District 21 Bernalillo
James Smith (U) District 22 Bernalillo,Sandoval,
Marci Blaze District 23 Bernalillo,Sandoval
Christine Trujillo District 25 Bernalillo
Lorenzo A. Larranaga District 27 Bernalillo
Jimmie C. Hall (U) District 28 Bernalillo
Thomas Anthony Anderson District 29 Bernalillo
Nate Gentry District 30 Bernalillo
William R. Rehm District 31 Bernalillo
Stephanie Garcia Richard District 43 LosAlamos,Sandoval,
Don Tripp (U) District 49 Soccorro,Catron, Valencia
Zach J. Cook (U) District 56 Ruidoso,Lincoln, Otero
Tim Lewis (U) District 60 RioRancho,Sandoval
George Dodge District 63 DeBaca,Curry,Guadal,
W. Ken Martinez (U) District 69 Cibola,McKinley,
Bernalillo County Commission:
Debbie O’Malley District 1 North Valley
During her many years on the Albuquerque City Council, Debbie O’Malley has shown herself to be an outspoken supporter of both animal-protective legislation and of increasing the Animal Welfare Department budget. She has made herself easily available and responsive to animal-caring citizens to discuss their concerns. Her demonstrated record as a strong advocate for the protection of animals in Albuquerque has earned our endorsement.
Art De La Cruz (U) District 2 South Valley
Maggie Hart Stebbins (U) District 3 Center of Albuquerque
District Court 2nd District- Division 6
Brett Loveless *
Briana Zamora *
District Court 2nd District- Division 10
Christina Argyres *
Sharon Walton *
District Court: 2nd District- Division 19
District Court: 2nd District- Division 21
Alisa Ann Hadfield
Kari E. Brandenburg
If you’re not sure where you need to go to vote, please contact your County Clerk’s Office. Below you will find the telephone numbers of some of the County Clerk’s Offices.
Los Alamos 662-8010
Santa Fe 986-6280
Please remember to vote! The animals are depending on us to be their voice! If possible, vote at one of the early voting sites to avoid the rush on Election Day. JJJ
It makes things easier to have a sample ballot to look at before going out to vote. For your convenience, you might want to contact your County Clerk’s office, or look at your County Clerk’s website to find out how you can get a sample ballot for your voting precinct. For example, in Bernalillo County we go to the county website, Bernco.gov. Then we click on County Clerk and follow the instructions to see a sample ballot.
Please forward this entire message about animal-friendly candidates to all of your animal-caring family and friends in New Mexico and let them know that all the candidates listed here are concerned about Animal Welfare.
Thank you all very much,
Celina and Ralph
PAW .. NM
People for Animal Welfare of New Mexico