An Update from Doña Ana County County Chair Liz Rodriguez-Johnson

Dear Fellow Doña Ana County Democrats:

It’s been a busy summer, so I wanted to give you an update on what has been happening. As you’ve probably heard me state on numerous occasions, the focus of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County (DPDAC) is to get-out-the- vote for 2016. Our District Directors are working very hard to populate all of their empty Precinct Officer positions and to organize the communities within their Districts. As your County Chair I have been reaching out to numerous community organizations who can help us find Democratic volunteers. Activities that the DPDAC has undertaken this summer are described in the following paragraphs.

Doña Ana County Chair Liz Rodriguez-Johnson and Vice Chair Julian Alexander
Doña Ana County Chair Liz Rodriguez-Johnson and Vice Chair Julian Alexander

Our Health & Education committee booths were very well received at the 2015 Pride Festival. Thank you to Oscar Vasquez Butler & his crew for setup/clean-up. Thank you to Joanne Vullo and David Chavez for their coordinating/staffing efforts, and to Dr. Don Apodaca, Allison Apodaca, Becky King, Julian Alexander, Stephen Jones & Leslie Fritz for staffing the booths.

Our J. Paul Taylor event early this summer was well attended. J. Paul Taylor thanks you for your continued support. Don Kurtz from the Progressive Voters Alliance was our keynote speaker. Don gave an inspiring speech about getting involved. Thank you to all who attended.

The Electric Light Parade float was amazing, In fact, we are still receiving many compliments. Thank you to the Float Masters a/k/a Andy and Evelyn Segovia, Paul and Lydia Ponce, Dr. Don Apodoca, Allyson Apodoca, Scott Krahling, Don Kurtz, Ann Gutierrez, Delilah Eakman, John & Pat Aguirre, Joanne Vullo & David Chavez. Well done!

We have started a new Young Democrats committee organization headed by Chris Schialjo. This committee will lead of efforts at recruiting young people to the Party. In other words, we will be training our replacements, and ensuring the Democratic Party remains a strong force in our County. Chris is also the blogger for this committee. Here is the link to his blog: www.theyoungdemocrat.com

Our next monthly meeting will be held in Chaparral on Thursday, August 20th at 6:00PM at the Betty McKnight Community Center, 190 South County Line Drive, Chaparral, NM 88081

Our next fundraiser is our Annual Labor Day Breakfast on Monday, September 7th at 9:00AM at the Farm & Ranch Museum. It is our 15th breakfast! Tickets are $50/person or $500/table. (Please click the link to the order form here). Our keynote speaker this year is Brian Egolf, Democratic House Leader. This year, we will be honoring International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 480.

The fall Democratic Party of New Mexico State Central Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Las Cruces, NM

Hope to see you at one or all of these events!

Liz Rodríguez-Johnson
DPDAC Chair