ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Working Families Party congratulates its endorsed candidates on their victories in today’s primary elections. Winning candidates are Susan Herrera who beat longtime state Rep. Debbie Rodella for the HD-41 seat and New Mexico Public Regulations Commission insurgent candidate Steve Fischmann who beat a corporate incumbent for the District 5 seat. In its second election cycle, New Mexico Working Families Party continues to deliver on its mission of recruiting, training, and supporting candidates who will work on behalf of New Mexico residents rather than as shills for big business.
“With these victories, we are building on our commitment to create a state legislature and other public bodies that listen to the people of New Mexico, not big corporate interests,” said Eric Griego, state director of New Mexico Working Families Party. “These were hard won victories but voters understood who will speak for them in the legislature and on the Public Regulation Commission. We’re particularly gratified by Susan Herrera’s win, which upends 25 years of status quo politics in this northern New Mexico House District.”
NM Working Families Party led the effort to encourage and support Susan Herrera, a nonprofit professional, to challenge Debbie Rodella, who’s been in the State House since 1993, and was a darling of corporate lobbyists and special interests. NM Working Families Party invested nearly $60,000 in an independent expenditure campaign on Herrera’s behalf, sending five mailpieces as well as engaging voters by knocking on more than 1,000 doors, making and sending more than 5,000 calls and texts, running two 60-second radio ads, and placing several digital ads. Herrera’s victory will bolster the progressive bloc in the state legislature, and remove a longstanding roadblock to passage of working families legislation.
“The NM Working Families Party encouraged me to get in this race and they worked hard to make sure we won,” said Susan Herrera. “ I share their commitment to fighting for working people and look forward to standing with them in the legislature.”
NM Working Families Party also helped an insurgent beat a pro-industry member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC). In District 5, NMWFP-endorsed candidate Steve Fischmann beat incumbent Sandy Jones, who was recently found to have accepted sizable contributions from PNM Resources through the New Mexicans for Progress independent expenditure committee led by Gov. Susana Martinez’s political adviser Jay McCleskey. This win will help end the pay for play culture of some PRC commissioners, whose rulings that have cost New Mexicans millions and denigrated our land, air, and water quality.
“The New Mexico working families party was crucial to me and other progressive candidates pushing back on the agenda of big corporate interests.” said Steve Fischmann.
NMWFP was a key ally in the victory of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller in 2017. Working Families Party volunteers knocked on doors, made hundreds of phone calls, and texted 30,000 voters on behalf of Keller. NMWFP raised and spent more than $150,000 between the two elections to mobilize support for Keller and his progressive message through mail, canvassing, and digital ads.”
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, worked, donated, talked to their neighbors and stood up for working families values! We could not be prouder to stand with all of you!
Eric Griego and JD Mathews
New Mexico Working Families Party