Opening on State Central Committee

There is a vacancy in the Doña Ana County delegation to the State Central Committee (SCC), which is the body that has general supervision and control of the political affairs of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. The committee meets in the Spring and Fall of each year, with the next meeting being on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Church Rock, NM. Members of the SCC are also automatic delegates to all State Conventions of which there will be two in 2020.

The County Executive Committee is responsible for filling the vacancy through a vote. Please send your nominations to the DPDAC Secretary at by Tuesday, October 8, 2019. You may nominate yourself. The list of current SCC members is here.

Local elections – November 5

Please remember to vote in the 2019 local elections that are taking place throughout Doña Ana County. Important information dates are:

            Early voting: October 8 – November

            Absentee voting: October 8 – October 31

Additional information about same day registration/same day voting and voting locations is available from the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office. Click here to access the information on their website.

Also, in the City of Las Cruces ranked choice voting will be used for election of the Mayor, City Councilors in Districts 1, 2, and 4, and Presiding Municipal Judge. Descriptions and videos of how ranked choice voting works are available from the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office. Click here to go to their web page.

Upcoming events

A number of important workshops and training sessions will be held this Fall as we gear up for the 2020 election cycle. Please keep an eye on these updates and the calendar on the DPDAC website for dates and topics.  Two that are featured in October are:

“Preparing for a County Convention” – Monday, October 7, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. DPDAC Office at 115 W. Griggs Ave., Las Cruces 88001. Presented by Merrie Lee Soules, this is part of the precinct leader training series, but should also be helpful for District Directors and those who help with precinct meetings. The session will cover the meetings and processes for electing delegates to the 2020 pre- and post-primary County and State Conventions. The first precinct meetings will be in early February, so take advantage NOW of the opportunity to understand the delegate selection process.

“Becoming a DNC Delegate” – Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m. DPDAC Office at 115 W. Griggs Ave., Las Cruces 88001. Presented by staff from the Democratic Party of New Mexico, this workshop will describe how to become a New Mexico delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. The workshop will be followed by the regular DPDAC community-building event.

Results of “Bean Poll” at the State Fair

Many, many thanks to all who helped with the DPDAC booth at the Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo, especially Deb Hathaway who coordinated the booth decor as well as volunteer recruitment and scheduling!  We again asked visitors to the booth to participate in a “Bean Poll” for their first, second, and third choice of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. The leader in total number of votes is Elizabeth Warren with 23%. Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, and Bernie Sanders essentially tied at about 17% each. Rounding out the top of the field are Pete Buttigieg at 8.5% and Kamala Harris at 6%. All the others received less than 2% of the total votes. You can find the full results here.

Mona Trempe, ChairDPDAC

DPDAC UPDATE – September 2019

Dear Democrats of Doña Ana County:

This update includes information about recent and upcoming events as well as the NEW location for our County Executive Committee meetings.

Upcoming Events:

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta Parade, Saturday, September 14, Mesilla 

Come join us in the parade Saturday morning, which starts at 10:00 a.m. YES, THERE WILL BE REAL DONKEYS, thanks to Jeff Swanson, Chair of the Democratic Party of Otero County. Please come walk in the parade and showcase DPDAC! 

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We also need at least 8 to 10 volunteers to sign up ahead of time to make sure we have people to:

  • Ride the donkeys
  • Lead the donkeys
  • Carry the DPDAC banner
  • Give out materials to the crowd

To volunteer for or to learn details about the parade route, please contact Mona at 703-635-9066 or

September County Executive Committee Business Meeting, Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.

This month’s County Executive Committee business meeting will be at the NEW Doña Ana County Democratic Field Office at 115 W. Griggs Avenue, Las Cruces, 88001. This is on the corner of Griggs and Main near the stage end of the Plaza de Las Cruces .We are looking forward to using this great space for all our meetings and training sessions through the 2020 election.

Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo, Friday to Sunday, September 27 to 29, Las Cruces

When you are at the fair, please stop by the DPDAC booth, which will be in the Special Events Building. The booth will be staffed on Friday the 27th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday the 28th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday the 29th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you can volunteer a couple of hours to help staff the booth, please contact Deb Hathaway at 

Notes on Recent Events:

The Labor Day Breakfast was a great success with well over 300 in attendance. Special thanks to the good sports that toughed it out with minimal air conditioning, which was an indirect result of a power outage caused by a tractor trailer accident a couple of days before our event. Many, many thanks to all who organized and attended the event, as well as to those who donated and bought auction items.  

The Hatch Chile Festival served as a great test case for the DPDAC “Booth in a Box,” which we now know is compact enough to fit in the trunk space of a regular car. Visitors to the booth were asked to vote in a “Bean Poll” for their first, second, and third choice of Democratic Presidential Candidates using three different types of beans. The results are shown below.

Mona Trempe, Chair