A Message from Our Chair:
Welcome to the official website of the Democratic Party of McKinley County.
We hope you use our online community to connect with your McKinley County Democratic Party!
Without question, we are at a defining moment in our nation’s history. Electing Democrats throughout the state and our community gives us the power and ability to enact positive change. Together, we can focus on getting our communities back on track and bringing forth the ultimate Democratic principal: that every American, regardless of background, can improve their lives and the lives of others through hard work and service to their community. We hope you join us in this endeavor. – Cas Hoefman
The Democratic Party of New Mexico State requires every county to have a County Party. The County Party of McKinley County is also referred to as the Democratic Party McKinley County (DPMC). The DPMC works in concert with the Democratic Party of New Mexico. The elected body currently consists of ten State Central Committee members: local Democrats committed to supporting Democratic ideals, issues, and candidates on local, state, and national levels. Any registered Democrat in New Mexico is automatically a member of their County Democratic Party.
Our newly elected 2017 SCC Members seek to include Party participation throughout the County. Going forward, each Central Committee member will be elected for a two year term by the voters in each of the six wards in McKinley County. All McKinley County registered Democrats are eligible to run for these seats and may apply prior to each election.
Our mission is as follows; to:
- Identify, encourage and support Democrats who choose to run for public office in McKinley County;
- Conduct Democratic voter registration drives;
- Increase voter turnout at the polls; and
- Sponsor activities designed to educate and inform the community on current political issues;
The DPMC also charters local Democratic Clubs that organize educational and social events to increase interest and involvement in Democratic issues.
We encourage the organization of Precincts and Wards to further the Democratic Cause and anyone that is interested in becoming part of the County Central Committee at the Precinct or Ward level can reach out to get more information using our Contact Us Page.
We strive for even representation and have proposed that there will be twelve elected SCC members representing the following Wards:
In the current term, there are ten elected members representing Wards 1 through 6.
The State of New Mexico sets the number of official SCC Members for McKinley County based voter turnout. When they adjust our membership numbers, we will adjust the number of seats proportionally based on the number of votes cast in each ward.
Members appoint alternates (proxies) to cast their vote if the member is not present. In the event that a vacancy occurs between elections, notices of the vacancy are made public (including on this website) and registered Democrats who reside in that Supervisorial ward may apply for the vacant seat.
Our Current SCC members are:
- Cas Hoefman, Chair
- Sonlatsa Jim-Martin, Vice Chair
- Deana Crask-Stone, Secretary
- Alray Nelson
- Amit Pande, Treasurer
- Kimberly Wahpepah
- Albert Shirley
- Arden Kucate
- Jo Ann Benenati
- Ward Chairs and Vice Chairs for Ward 1-6
- Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs for Precinct 1-62
- 1 SCC Member
If you are interested in any of these positions contact Cas Hoefman at (312) 607-0740 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The DPMC has adopted the DPNM State rules, you can download or view a copy of our rules here.