DPDAC UPDATE – March 2020

Dear Democrats of Doña Ana County:

This month’s update includes highlights of the State Pre-primary Convention and Spring State Central Committee meeting, a wonderful expression of Democratic values and what YOU can do to make a difference, an update on split precincts, and notice of upcoming events.


On Saturday, March 7 approximately 1200 delegates from throughout New Mexico gathered for the State Pre-primary Convention. Attendees enjoyed inspirational speeches from several current elected officials including Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, and State Auditor Brian Colón as well as candidates vying to be on the primary ballot. Common themes were current voter enthusiasm and the need for unity as we move through the 2020 elections.

Ben Ray Luján, who is a candidate for US Senate, and Xochitl Torres Small, who is running for re-election as US Congresswoman for CD2, enjoyed unanimous support from the delegates. Supreme Court Justices Shannon Bacon and David Thomson as well as Court of Appeals Judges Shammara Henderson and Zach Ives also received approval as nominees. The full results including the other Congressional Districts are posted here on the DPNM website. The delegates also voted to approve the updated party platform and the option of using “absentee balloting” for many party meetings at the state and county level, as we did here in Doña Ana County for our recent election of 1st Vice Chair.

As the convention wrapped up, the Spring meeting of the State Central Committee was convened. The main business of the meeting was election of New Mexico’s new Democratic National Committee members, who are Trish Ruiz and Marty Chavez.


I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jerry and Penny Scribner, who are very active Democrats who currently split their time and efforts between California and Wisconsin, but are planning to move to Doña Ana County. Their web sitehas loads of useful information about what it means to be a Democrat and a number of approaches for effecting change at the ballot box. Please take a look at the lists of our Democratic principles and what we can do to implement them. Their materials are currently being updated, but meanwhile you can click here to download a helpful one-page version of their ideas that worked in 2018.


Are you ready for the June 2nd primary election? Please see the flyers on the home page for important information on voter registration, absentee ballots, and early voting locations. Please note that same day registration will only be available during early voting. To find the list of all 40 voting convenience centers that will be available on Election Day, go to


The County Clerk’s office is in the final stages of implementing the new precinct boundaries that were necessary due to changes in numbers of voters and population. The new precinct maps can be found here and some frequently asked questions about the changes are here. 

Several DPDAC District Directors (Pattie Gipson, Jan Hertzsch, Kat Sanchez, and Eilleen Wyatt) are serving as a committee to manage the effect of the splits on DPDAC precinct leadership. That is, they are working to identify what precinct leaders are affected, to develop a plan for how to make adjustments, and to communicate this plan to current leaders.

The number of precincts has increased from 120 to 170, so there are many new opportunities to become a precinct leader. Contact your District Director if you are interested in a leadership position.


DPDAC County Executive Committee Meeting – Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:30 p.m., 115 W. Griggs Ave, Las Cruces

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


2020 Candidate Forum – Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Please save the dates for the 2020 primary candidate forum events. This is YOUR opportunity to hear from and ask questions of candidates who will be on the June primary ballot in Doña Ana County races. You can participate in person at the Doña Ana Community College East Mesa Campus and plans are being made to provide remote access by live streaming the events to other sites in the County. The forums will also be translated live into Spanish. Additional details about the events will be available as soon as the schedule and participating candidates are finalized.


Mona Trempe, Chair



DPDAC UPDATE – February 2020

Dear Democrats of Doña Ana County:

This month’s update includes information about recent DPDAC leadership changes, an opportunity to be part of the County’s delegation on the State Central Committee, details about the County Pre-Primary Convention, and additional upcoming events.


 DPDAC 1st Vice Chair – Please join me in congratulating Eddie Estrada, Jr. on his election to the position of 1st Vice Chair.

As per the process described in the recent call for a meeting of the County Central Committee (CCC) of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County (DPDAC), voting administered by staff from the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) closed on Monday, February 3, 2020. Over 50% of the members of the County Central Committee voted, which was sufficient to establish a quorum. Results of the election as communicated by DPNM to the DPDAC Chair are: Eddie Estrada, Jr. received 88% of the votes and Jorge Sanchez received 12%.

Director of District 52 – Please join me in welcoming Pattie Gipson as she returns to the position of Director of District 52. She brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the role.

Vacancy on the 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 twice 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. Membership on the SCC must be balanced by gender, so candidates for the vacant position must be male or identify as gender-diverse. Please send nominations to the DPDAC Secretary at prior to that date. You may nominate yourself. The list of current SCC members is here.


The County Pre-Primary Convention will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Oñate High School Commons Area, 5700 Mesa Grande Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m., convention will be called to order at 2:00 p.m. At the convention, 73 delegates will be elected to go to the State Pre-Primary Convention and there will be votes to update/amend the DPDAC Rules. Information regarding the proposed rules changes is available here.

Delegates and Alternates -The list of delegates and alternates to the DPDAC County Pre-Primary Convention is now available here. You do NOT need to be a delegate to attend in the County Convention. This will be a great opportunity to hear from candidates vying to be on the primary ballot. It is also an opportunity to be elected as a delegate to the State Pre-primary Convention.

Any challenge to the delegate list must be made in writing and submitted to the DPDAC Chair ( or one of the DPDAC Vice Chairs no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020. Only a registered Democrat within that precinct may issue a challenge to a precinct’s delegates or alternates. The challenge must specify the charges and identify by names and addresses the challengers and those challenged.If any challenges are made, the District Representatives to the Convention Credentials and Rules Committee will meet to address them on February 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at 115 W. Griggs Ave, Las Cruces, NM.


Become a Voter Registration Agent – Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Doña Ana Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces

Help to “Get out the Vote” in 2020 by becoming a voter registration agent (VRA). Staff from the Doña Ana County Clerk’s office will conduct the training. New VRA’s and current ones that would like a refresher on the forms and regulations are encouraged to attend.

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

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