Eric Griego, New Mexico Working Families Party State Director, released the following statement:
Albuquerque — The New Mexico Working Families Party (NMWFP) celebrated the victory of its endorsed candidate Ike Benton in the Albuquerque City Council run-off election.
“Councilor Benton has committed to lead efforts to pass legislation to provide paid sick leave to employees in Albuquerque. We look forward to starting that work soon,” said NMWFP State Director Eric Griego. “For more than a decade Ike has been a progressive champion on the City Council. We are continuing our work with him to make Albuquerque a better place for everyone.”
Ike has been a leader on the City Council on key progressive issues from fighting homelessness, to affordable housing, to paid sick leave. He co-sponsored a resolution calling on the legislature to allow police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from persons who may present a danger to others or themselves.
NMWFP is a grassroots progressive political party that fights to make our state work for the many, not just the few. WFP recruits, trains, and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office. In the space of a few years the New Mexico Working Families Party has become a major challenger to the Democratic Party status quo. The WFP helped oust the most conservative Democrat in the New Mexico legislature, Debbie Rodella, and helped Stephanie Garcia Richard become the first woman and first Latina State Land Commissioner.
By supporting candidates who are engaging voters with a compelling working families agenda, challenging powerful Democrats, and holding elected officials at all levels accountable, WFP has given the progressive wing of the Democratic party a stronger and more effective voice.