Democratic Update from Liz-Rodriguez-Johnson, County Chair

Dear Doña Ana County Democrats:

It’s been several months since my last update. To say it has been an incredibly busy season is an understatement. We can expect the pace to continue until Election Day. We continue to work diligently and focus the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County’s (DPDAC) effort on get-out-the-vote for 2016. District Directors continue to work very hard to populate all their empty Precinct Officer positions and to organize community events within their Districts. I am still reaching out to numerous community organizations who can help us find Democratic volunteers.

Activities that the DPDAC has undertaken in the past months included:

  • A very successful DPDAC Annual Dinner in March at the Columbus Convention Center. Our keynote speaker Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State Candidate, inspired us all. I want to thank everyone who attended, donated or helped out in some way. I am very proud of our Fundraising Chair, Terri McBrayer.
  • DPDAC held its’ first Community Event in March, hosted by District 35. Jane Grider, our District 35 Director, and her assistants did an amazing job of orchestrating an event that was both educational and entertaining. The entertainment consisted of bingo games, where the District 35 State Rep Candidates and State Senate Candidates (requiring District 35 vote) spoke about themselves for just a few minutes before they conducted 3 bingo games each. The format was very conducive for allowing the District 35 voters to learn about the Democratic Candidates and be entertained at the same time. The grand prize of the night was a $500 recliner donated by Ashley Furniture. Congratulations to Jane and all who supported her for an excellent event!
  • The New Mexico Democratic Party State Pre-Primary Convention was held in March at Isleta Pueblo Resort & Casino in Albuquerque. The Doña Ana County contingency was strong and energetic. We nominated unanimously and by acclamation Maggie Toulouse Oliver for Secretary of State; Merrie Lee Soules for Congress in CD2; Michael Vigil for New Mexico Supreme Court; and Julie Vargas for Appellate Court.

As I stated previously, there are many events still to come. A brief summary of some is as follows:

April 13 – 6-7pm – Branigan Library, Las Cruces – National Delegate Selection Training

April 14 – 6-8pm – Doña Ana Community Ctr – District 39 Community Event

April 14 – 6-8pm – Butterfield Community Ctr – District 53 Community Event

April 23 – 12-4pm – Belen High School, Belen, NM – DPNM SCC Meeting

April 30 – Time TBD  – Sunset Hills Park – Districts 36, 37 Community Event

May 28 – Time TBD – Klein Park – District 35 Community Event

June 7 – 7am-7pm – 40 VCC Voting Locations – Democratic Primary Election

Date, Locations & Time TBD – DAC Post-Primary Precinct Meetings

June 11 ­– Location & Time TBD – Doña Ana County Post-Primary Convention

June 18 – Location & Time TBD – 2nd Congressional District Convention to Elect National Delegates

June 25 – Location & Time TBD –  DPNM State Delegate Convention


We look forward to seeing you all at these important upcoming events. In addition, we are looking for registered Democrats to volunteer for the upcoming Primary and General elections as challengers at the polls. Please contact our Voter Protection Director Lynn Moorer for more information. Her email address is


Liz Rodríguez-Johnson


Democratic Party of Doña Ana County