Pencils down, hand in your letters: BernCo will pick Senate replacement

Bernalillo County commissioners now have a list of 19 candidates to choose from to fill the former Senate seat of longtime lawmaker Cisco McSorley. The list included doctors, lawyers, political and community activists as well as two former congressional candidates in the 2018 elections.

The Albuquerque Democrat resigned earlier this week after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed him director of the state’s probation and parole division, reporting to the state’s Department of Corrections. McSorley has served in the state legislature since 1984, first as a representative and then as a senator.

Update:The Bernalillo County Commission appointed Antoinette Sedillo Lopez.

About half of those who applied for a Senate seat are women. There are currently 7 women in the State Senate.

Alex Bazan is deputy director of Emerge New Mexico, a group that recruits and trains democratic women to run for office. Bazan said her organization is not backing the candidates, but she hopes the Bernalillo County commission will nominate a woman to fill McSorley’s seat. Bazan cited the number of women who ran and were elected in 2018 as a sign that voters want more positions.

“With these results, we think it is clear that New Mexicans are ready for new perspectives in government and we truly believe that appointing a woman, with a diverse and relevant perspective, to this seat is an important step in ensuring that all New Mexicans are truly represented in the state Senate, ”said Bazan.

Equality New Mexico, an LGBTQ rights group, sent an email to its supporters, asking them to encourage county commissioners to choose a “queer woman of color” to fill the position.

“New Mexicans need to be represented by someone who has a clear and compelling background as a champion of the LGBTQ + community,” the group wrote. “Who better to do it than someone who has had this experience?” “

Several candidates wrote that they were part of the LBTQ community.

Marianna Anaya, chair of the board of directors of Emerge New Mexico, submitted a letter of interest to the county commissioners. A graduate of the University of Texas and UCLA and a former staff member of then-MP Michelle Lujan Grisham, Anaya said her life experiences may help her represent the state Senate district. .

“Should I be selected to serve,” Anaya wrote. “My identity as a Latina who is part of the LGBTQ community will not only increase the representation of women, people of color and LGBTQ communities in power, but I believe it will serve as an asset in bringing communities closer on political issues. “

Adriann Barboa, a community activist who recently helped run a campaign in Albuquerque to force companies to provide paid sick leave to employees, also applied for the job.

“My experience working for quality education for all of our students, comprehensive sexuality education for youth, organizing and building with powerful young women of color and queer families, and developing and adopting policies that impact the daily lives of New Mexican families, has shown that my commitment and love for this neighborhood is unwavering, ”Barboa wrote.

Two other notable candidates are Lloyd Princeton and Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, who each ran for Congress in 2018. Princeton, a libertarian, faced Democratic U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland and Republican candidate Janice Arnold-Jones in the general election. Sedillo Lopez faced a long list of Democrats in the primary election, which Haaland won.

Princeton used his party affiliation as a selling point and said he would be against the status quo.

“Your commission has a unique opportunity to make a difference in New Mexico and maybe a little history as well,” Princeton wrote. “We know our state has wiped out the Democratic candidates, many of whom are qualified and many of whom have been placed to ‘punish Trump.’ As we are now seeing with the government shutdown, has it really worked “Does division heal our country and bring about cooperation? I don’t believe so.”

State lawmakers would not vote on shutting down the federal government, but Princeton also suggested that the state legislature “is known for its (sic) ‘politics as usual” “and that it would be a” once in a lifetime opportunity. ” If the legislature saw its first libertarian member.

Sedillo Lopez offered him 27 years as a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, his work with an anti-domestic violence nonprofit, and various community activist roles as qualifications. But, she said her “most comprehensive education” regarding the needs of the community came from her candidacy for Congress.

“I am grateful to have had such a rewarding learning opportunity,” wrote Sedillo Lopez. “The experience will stay with me forever and I think it makes me a strong candidate for the New Mexico State Senate.”

The Bernalillo County Council of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Albuquerque / Bernalillo County Government Center.

Below is the full list of applicants and their letters of interest. NM Policy Report personal information removed from these letters, such as addresses and phone numbers:

  • Marianna Anaya
  • Adriann barboa
  • Steven benge
  • Raul candelaria
  • Julia clark downs
  • Jennifer gomez-chavez
  • Sam howarth
  • Jewel Tommy
  • Pauline Lucero
  • Christophe Papaleo
  • Josh Price
  • Lloyd Princeton
  • Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez
  • Anjali Taneja
  • Marthe Tiryaki
  • Andrés Patrick Valdez
  • Chelsea Van Deventer
  • Lee Anna Vargas
  • Mauro A. Walden-Montoya

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