DPDAC UPDATE – November 2019

Upcoming Events

NDTC Blue Bench Training – November 16, 2019

Join the Democratic Party of New Mexico and the National Democratic Training Committee in Albuquerque for a freeday-long in-person training focusing on fundamental aspects of running a campaign, including fundraising, messaging, digital communications, and field operations. This workshop should be very helpful for anyone who wants to be a candidate, campaign manager and staff, or campaign volunteer. To sign up click here or contact

County Executive Committee Meeting and Presidential Debate Watch Party – November 20, 2019

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the November County Executive Committee meeting will be on the 3rd Wednesday, i.e. November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the DPDAC office at 115 W. Griggs Ave, Las Cruces, 88001. This is a business meeting that will cover a number of important topics. The tentative agenda can be found here .

This also happens to be the night of the next debate among candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. We will be set up to stream the debate, but in a smaller room until the County Executive Committee meeting adjourns.

“Office Opening” – Early December (date and time to be finalized soon)

Plan to join US Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, DCCC staff, and DPDAC for a gathering in early December as we continue to gear up for the 2020 campaigns and officially “open” the office at 115 W. Griggs Avenue. Watch this update and the calendar on the DPDAC website for details of date and time.

Preparing for the County, State and National Conventions in 2020

Although the 2019 local elections are barely over, it is time to prepare for the meetings and conventions related to the 2020 elections! The slide sets from the workshops in October about the pre-primary and post-primary processes and are now available on the home page of the DPDAC website at Take a look to learn more about how YOU can become a delegate and/or elect others.

The official call will be issued in early January, but meanwhile the following tentative timeline outlines the multi-step process.  Be sure to mark your calendar so that your voice is heard in the selection of delegates to the County, State, and National Conventions. Also, volunteers are needed to run the precinct meetings and County convention. Please let your District Director or Mona know if you are able to volunteer; contact information is here.


            January 29 and 30 – Precinct meetings to elect delegates to County pre-primary convention; details of which Districts will meet on which night are coming soon.

            February 22 – “Save the date” for County pre-primary convention

            March 7 – “Save the date” for State pre-primary convention

            June 2 – Primary election day


            June 3 to 6 – Precinct-level post-primary meetings

            June 6 – ALL county post-primary conventions

            June 13 – Congressional District 2 post-primary convention

            June 20 – State post-primary convention

            July 13 to 16 – Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee

Recent Events

2019 Democrats of the West Conference

The 2019 Democrats of the West Conference was held in Phoenix, AZ from October 11 through 13 and included members of the Democratic parties of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. New Mexico attendees included the DPNM Chair and multiple staff members, the Chairs of Bernalillo and Santa Fe County, and Mona and Jan from Doña Ana County. The conference consisted of presentations and panel discussions about many timely topics including how to better communicate our Democratic message through traditional and digital media, approaches for organizing within Latino and Native American constituencies, as well as building coalitions and partnerships among organizations and communities.

Fall 2019 State Central Committee Meeting

The Fall 2019 State Central Committee meeting was held on October 19 in Church Rock; 20 Counties were represented with 128 members in attendance and 132 proxies. NM Senator Shannon Pinto and NM Representative Wanda Johnson gave welcoming remarks. Marg Elliston, Chair of DPNM, spoke about the great successes in the 2018 elections and progressive new legislation in 2019. The current focus is on year-round training and organizing, building a culture of political activism, and developing a code of conduct to aid in unifying after contested primaries. The DPNM staff update highlighted the new and enthusiastic staff members in all positions.

Much of the SCC meeting was devoted to caucus and standing committee reports (NOTE: Eddie Estrada, District 34 Director, was elected as Vice Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee). A resolution regarding a semi-open primary was tabled for future discussion. A rules amendment that would change how vacant precinct chairs are filled and how delegates/central committee members are apportioned when new precincts are formed was withdrawn following the Chair’s direction to the Rules Committee to address the latter issue by the end of the year. A resolution “that Congress must approve the use of US military force before the President can legally prosecute any war as Commander in Chief” was approved. 

The next SCC meeting will be held in conjunction with the State Pre-Primary Convention on March 7, 2020 at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

Mona Trempe, Chair, DPDAC



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