Jun 7, 2012
New Mexico's Democratic primary saw some great victories and a few tough losses for CWA-endorsed candidates.
Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, son of an IBEW lineman and a factory worker, won his party's nomination for the state's open Senate seat, which now is held by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman. Two of the five endorsed candidates in Democratic legislative primaries — Christine Trujillo in House District 25 and Maxine Velasquez in Senate District 30 — won their races.
But Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham narrowly edged out CWA-backed state Sen. Eric Griego in a close Democratic primary in New Mexico's 1st District.
Working Families of New Mexico — a new progressive coalition of community organizations including CWA New Mexico, other labor unions and progressive activists — came together only a few short months ago. Candidates that earned the coalition's support had demonstrated the bold, uncompromising vision that the country and New Mexico need for the future.
Rallying behind Griego and the five legislative candidates, Working Families of New Mexico knocked on doors, made phone calls, and had one on one conversation with more than 11,000 voters. The coalition also produced radio ads and direct mail outreach.
"I know that our coalition will continue to grow, bring in more members and be a powerful voice for the heart of New Mexico: working families," said Tomas Garduno of New Mexico New Majority.
CWA New Mexico is now gearing up for the general election fight.
"We're confident, that with our electoral activism, on November 7, New Mexico will have a stronger pro-labor, progressive caucus at the state level, and strong leaders in the U.S. House and Senate," said Miles Conway, political director for CWA New Mexico.