DPDAC UPDATE – January 2020

Dear Democrats of Doña Ana County:

Happy New Year! 2020 is HERE and the election year activities are gearing up rapidly.

This month’s update includes several important upcoming events, especially the pre-primary meetings and conventions, a call for volunteers, information about upcoming elections for DPDAC 1st Vice Chair and a member of the State Central Committee, and notice of rules changes adopted by DPNM and proposed for DPDAC.

Your patience in reading such a long update is greatly appreciated — please don’t quit before you get to “Additional Upcoming Events” as some are happening very soon.


Pre-Primary Precinct Meetings – Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30

Your opportunity to be part of the process of selecting Democratic candidates begins with the Pre-Primary District/Precinct meetings. What are these meetings all about?

Why? – The Pre-Primary District/Precinct meetings are part of the process for selecting the candidates who will be on the Democratic primary ballot in June. This applies to US Congressional Representative and US Senator, State Supreme Court Justices and Judges on the Court of Appeals.

When? -There will be meetings of ALL precincts organized by district on the nights of January 29 and January 30

What? – Three elections will be held at each district/precinct meeting:

  1. From among the voters in each precinct, delegates will be elected to the County Pre-primary Convention.
  2. From among the delegates elected in each precinct, a person will be elected to be a member of the County Credentials and Rules Committee (CCRC)
  3. From among the members of the CCRC, a person will be elected to be the district representative to the CCRC 

Where? A summary of the dates and locations of each District meeting is below; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Voters must be in line by 6:00 p.m. to be sure to be able to participate in the precinct meeting elections.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Districts 33, 34, 37, and 39:

District 33 – Mesilla Elementary School, 2362 Calle del Sur, Mesilla, NM 88046

District 34 – La Union Elementary, 875 Mercantil Avenue, Anthony, NM 88021

District 37 – Oñate High School Commons Area, 5700 Mesa Grande Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011

District 39 – Radium Springs Community Center, 12060 Lindbeck Road, Las Cruces, NM 88007

Thursday, January 30, 2020 – Districts 35, 36, 52, and 53:

District 35 – Alma d’Arte School 402 W Court Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005

District 36 – Mayfield High School Cafeteria, 1955 N. Valley Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88007

District 52 – Centennial High School Cafeteria, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011

District 53 – Chaparral Apostolic Assembly, 664 E. Lisa Drive, Chaparral, NM 88081

More details? Additional information about the business to be conducted at the meetings and the list of precincts in each district is in the official call, which will be posted soon on the DPDAC website at A list of the number of delegates to be elected from each precinct is also posted at this link. Check the website often for updates on the pre-primary meetings and conventions.

Not sure of your District and/or Precinct? You can easily check your voter registration at

What’s Next? DPDAC Pre-Primary Convention – Saturday, February 22, 2:00 p.m., Oñate High School, 5700 Mesa Grande Dr., Las Cruces

The delegates elected in January at the district/precinct meetings will convene at the DPDAC Pre-primary Convention on February 22 to elect delegates to the State Pre-Primary Convention. This will also be an opportunity to meet and hear from candidates who are vying to be on the ballot in the Democratic primary election in June.


Volunteers are needed at the County Pre-Primary Convention on February 22nd to help with set up, registration, nominations and voting, speaker sign in and timing, and other tasks. Please contact Mona (; 703-635-9066) to sign up.


As per the process described in the recent call for a meeting of the DPDAC County Central Committee, nominations for the position of 1st Vice Chair closed at 5:00 p.m. MT on January 4, 2020.

The candidates are Eddie Estrada, Jr. and Jorge Sanchez.

The members of the County Central Committee will select their choice via online voting administered by staff from the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM). Voting will be held from 9:00 a.m. MT on Friday, January 31, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. MT on Monday, February 3, 2020. Provision will be made for votes to also be cast by phone. Details of the voting process will be provided to the members of the CCC approximately one week before voting begins.

Results will be communicated by DPNM to the DPDAC Chair and made available on the DPDAC website.


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, March 7, 2020 at Buffalo Thunder Resort. 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 and will vote on nominees at their next meeting, which will be on February 26, 2020. Please send your nominations to the DPDAC Secretary at prior to that date. You may nominate yourself. The list of current SCC members is here.


The State Central Committee has approved all the changes to the DPNM rules that were described in last month’s update. Details of the new rules can be found at . To summarize:

  1. There is now more consistency in the rules about how vacancies in precinct offices and central committees are filled.
  2. A process is now defined for how to apportion delegates and county central committee members when new precincts are formed, which will be happening soon.
  3. All county parties must now include wards in their organizational structure to provide consistency in how persons are elected as delegates to State Conventions or members of State Committees. You will be hearing much more about this in the upcoming months.

At the County Pre-primary Convention on February 22, the delegates will consider proposed changes to DPDAC rules that are needed to ensure consistency with DPNM rules. The items to be considered address allocation of county central committee members and delegates when new precincts are created, membership in standing committees, and how to provide notice of party actions. A draft of the proposed rules changes can be found here .


Presidential Debate Watch Party – January 14, 7:00 p.m., 115 W. Griggs Ave, Las Cruces

The field is narrowing and the debates are getting more intense. Come join fellow Democrats in watching the debate and discussing candidates.

MLK Breakfast – Monday, January 20, 8:00 a.m., Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave, Las Cruces

Please join the DPDAC table(s) at the NAACP annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast as we celebrate the holiday and support this great organization. This is always an inspiring and uplifting event. Tickets are $30 per person and are “first come/first served” so contact Mona (; 703-635-9066) to claim yours now!

County Executive Committee Meeting – Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.115 W. Griggs Ave, Las Cruces

This will be a business meeting. As always, the tentative agenda will be available approximately three days before the meeting on the DPDAC web site ( under Official Documents.

Mona Trempe, Chair



DPDAC UPDATE – December 2019

Dear Democrats of Doña Ana County:

This month’s update includes notice of proposed Democratic Party of New Mexico rules changes that will impact DPDAC and how you can comment on them, updated information on the January precinct meetings, and upcoming events.

Proposed DPNM Rules Changes and Impact on DPDAC

 The Rules Committee of the Democratic Party of New Mexico has proposed a number of rules changes related to how county parties are organized by mandating establishment of a ward structure, how vacancies in precinct offices and county central committees (CCC) are filled, and how numbers of CCC members and delegates are apportioned when new precincts are formed.

If passed, these proposed changes would significantly impact DPDAC. The major change will be the requirement to organize by wards as well as precincts, which will alter the processes for electing CCC members and convention delegates. A second set of changes is proposed that clarify that the County Chair has authority to fill vacancies in precinct offices and county central committees if no other officer is in place to do so. Third, new rules are proposed to address the fact that standard formulas for apportioning CCC members and convention delegates cannot be used when new precincts are formed, as will be the case in early 2020. The proposed rule provides an alternate process in which members in newly formed precincts will regroup into their parent precincts for election of CCC members or delegates until data exist to calculate new apportionments.

Details of the proposed rules changes can be found on the DPNM website at . There is a public comment period through Thursday, December 12 and all are encouraged to submit questions and other feedback through this form. The State Central Committee will vote on the proposed rules during the period of December 16 to19. The list of SCC members in Doña Ana County who will vote on the proposed rules can be found on the DPDAC website ( under Official Documents or by clicking here .

Update on Pre-Primary Precinct Meetings and Convention

 As noted in last month’s “DPDAC UPDATE”, the 2020 cycle of meetings and conventions is starting in January with precinct meetings to elect delegates to the County pre-primary convention. At the November County Executive Committee meeting, the night that each District will meet was assigned as:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Districts 33, 34, 37, and 39

Thursday, January 30, 2020 – Districts 35, 36, 52, and 53

All meetings will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening by 5:30 p.m. Details of where each meeting will be held and a list of precincts in each District will be in the official call in early January.

The County pre-primary convention will be held on Saturday afternoon February 22 at Oñate High School with registration beginning at 1:00 p.m. and call to order at 2:00 p.m. Additional details about the business to be conducted will be provided in the official call.

Upcoming Events

“Office Opening” – It was expected that this would be in early December, but the event had to be postponed. Stay tuned for details on a new date.

Presidential Candidate Debate Watch Party – Thursday, December 19, 2019, 115 W. Griggs Avenue, Las Cruces, NM; time TBA

Come join fellow Democrats to watch the sixth debate among the candidates for the presidential nomination. Candidates that have qualified so far are Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer and Warren, but others have a week left to meet increased polling and donor requirements.

County Executive Committee Meetings – There will NOT be meetings of the County Executive Committee in December 2019 due to the holidays or in January 2020 due to the precinct meetings. The next scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Additional details will be available closer to the date.

Mona Trempe

Chair, DPDAC