Southern New Mexico Democratic candidates and members of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County, Obama for America-Las Cruces, and the Democratic Women of Doña Ana County teamed up on Saturday for Southern New Mexico Pride, the annual LGBT community festival held at Pioneer Women’s Park in Las Cruces.
Democratic elected officials on hand to greet voters at the Festival were State Representative Joseph Cervantes, who is seeking the State Senate seat in District 31, and County Commissioner Billy Garrett. They were joined by Evelyn Madrid Erhard, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, District Attorney candidate Mark D’Antonio, State Senate candidate Bill Soules, State Representative candidates Phillip Archuleta, Bill McCamley, and Jeff Steinborn, and District Judge candidates Marci Beyer, Darren Kugler, and Mary Rosner.
In addition to participating in the parade and festival and meeting area residents, Doña Ana County’s Democrats registered new voters and talked issues with constituents. Southern New Mexico Pride Festival is held annually in Las Cruces during LGBT Pride Month.
Democrats were out in force for Southern New Mexico Pride, the annual LGBT community parade and pride festival held at Pioneer Women’s Park in Las Cruces. The event drew over 2,000 in New Mexico’s second largest city. The festival hosted one hundred supportive community, political, civic, religious, labor and local business organizations, who set up booths, displays, and tables at the park site, and was preceded by a parade which made a long circuit through downtown Las Cruces. Several hundred participants including the Dõna Ana County Democratic Party marched in the parade which kicked off Saturday’s festival.
Among the Democratic elected officials on hand for the event were State Representative Joni Gutierrez, and Doña Ana County Commissioners Scott Krahling and Billy Garrett. Representative Gutierrez, the Doña Ana County Democratic Party, Doña Ana County Democratic Women, and Organizing for America organized booths for the event and marched in the parade. Supporters of President Obama, Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Hector Balderas and Martin Heinrich also participated at the event throughout the day. Many first time voters were also registered.