Candidate responses to the Yes/No questions from CD1 Forum, Feb. 10, 2021
PDA Central New Mexico Chapter hosted the second CD1 Candidate Forum on Wednesday February 10th with 8 Democratic candidates. The format included 5 open-ended questions and a whole series of Yes/No questions. These Yes/No questions were based on submissions by PDA and INH members and citizen input emailed to organizers after the first forum on February 4th, and also emphasized the PDA national pillars.
It is interesting to note that ALMOST all of the candidates reply with similar answers. One forum participant dropped in the event chat it seemed we all “thought alike” about these progressive topics. Others noted that we had a powerful slate of candidates who espoused progressive policies. And some thought this Y/N question format did not elicit enough difference among the candidates.
How can we use this information?
While the data does not allow for clear discernment between candidates, it is a starting point for your investigation of candidates’ websites, socials, platforms and policies for more specifics. The questions and responses might encourage citizens to contact candidates directly for follow-up dialogue. This information can also be a powerful tool for accountability that we use with the candidate who ultimately wins the seat. We need to hold all our elected officials accountable to their statements, promises, policies and platforms.
Adelante members and members of the public can see plans and perspectives of Democratic candidates to replace Rep. Deb Haaland.
Feb 10 Event RECORDING LINK:
At the upcoming 2021 Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC) Ward, Precinct and County Central Committee (CCC) elections, active Dems will vote for Ward and Precinct officers and members of the County Central Committee (CCC). Some of us may run for those offices. All of us will have the opportunity to raise questions and support issues that matter to us as citizens.
Here are some handy QUICK ACCESS links to encourage you to participate Note that this year some precincts split and new wards were created, so it may be a good idea to check yours:
Registration Forms for Ward and Precinct Meetings
Note: All Registrations must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm two full days before the scheduled Ward and Precinct meeting.
For the County Central Committee Meeting, March 13
Note: Statements of Candidacy forms for the March 13 meeting must be submitted no later than March 8.
ACTIONS: NEW MEXICO: LOCAL & ROUNDHOUSE
Right now: Protect our Legislators and the Roundhouse – contact your State Representative and Senator, plus leadership.
Find your NM legislators:
Call – the NM Legislative Council Service at 505 986-4600
Talking point suggestions: We are concerned for your safety and the safety of all the employees when in the Roundhouse for any required days. It is clear from the FBI notices about Trump extremists’ plans, and from white nationalist social media promising a civil war and “blood on the walls” – that state capitols are being targeted starting January 16th. With only 60 days to consider hundreds of bills, we need this Legislative session to continue with no delays for building evacuations, bomb detection, and more. We ask that you consider a full virtual session or change the in-person days to later in the session. Additionally, your leadership is critical – please speak out now about the full legitimacy of the Electoral College vote, and that any attempts to derail your work is an attack on our democracy.
Continue reading CALL TO ACTION: push back against extremism
Good morning friends – this week has been an emotional and mental cyclone. Seeing America – it’s centuries of white nationalism exposed – can be triggering and so familiar for those most oppressed, embarrassing-to-infuriating for white folks, and alarming for all. “Nothing can be changed until it is faced” said James Baldwin – and here we are. Our critical work is both personal and internal anti-racism/oppression work, coupled with an ongoing commitment to “good trouble, necessary trouble” in every sphere of our family and community lives.
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