Current Open Positions with the DPMC

The Democratic Party of McKinley County is looking to strengthen the leadership team across the county. If you are interested in participating there are a large number of roles that need to be filled.

Open Positions:

If you are interested in any of these positions contact Cas Hoefman at (312) 607-0740 or by e-mail at cashoefman@mckinleydemocrats.org

McKinley County 2019 Elections – Formal Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Democratic Party of McKinley County will hold its Ward and Precinct, County Central Committee, County Chair and Vice Chair and State Central Committee Member elections, to hear from candidates and for such other business as may come before it on the 30th day of March at 11.00am at Veterans Hall, 908 E Buena Vista Ave, Gallup, NM 87301. Registration will commence at 9.00am and close promptly at 10.00am.

McKinley County democrats will elect Precinct Chairs for all 62 McKinley County Precincts, Ward Chairs for all 6 McKinley County Wards, 86 Additional McKinley County Central Committee Members, a McKinley County Democratic Party Chair, a McKinley County Democratic Party Vice Chair and 11 additional State Central Committee Members representing McKinley County.

The newly elected State Central Committee members will attend the New Mexico State Central Committee Meeting on April 28th, 2019 at Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho, NM.

McKinley County Elections 2019

On March 30th, 2019 the McKinley County Democrats will be holding elections to elect new party officers across the county. The elections will be held at the Veterans Hall in Gallup, doors will open at 9am for registration with the Precinct and Ward elections starting promptly at 11am followed by the election of the County Chair, Vice Chair and McKinley County representatives to the State Central Committee.

Up for elections will be:

  • Precinct Chairs for all 62 McKinley County Precincts
  • Ward Chairs for all 6 McKinley County Wards
  • McKinley County Democratic Party Chair
  • McKinley County Democratic Party Vice Chair
  • 86 Additional McKinley County Central Committee Members
  • 11 State Central Committee Members representing McKinley County.

If you are interested in being a candidate for any of these positions you will have to attend the elections on March 30th in person or make sure to have someone nominate you. In order to be elected you will have to get at least 1 vote more than any other candidate and will have to get a minimum of 2 votes so, bring a democratic friend!

Precinct and Ward Elections:

Candidates for Precinct Chairs have to be a registered democrat living in that Precinct and any democrat present at the elections, living in that Precinct can vote.

Candidates for Ward Chairs have to be a registered democrat living in that that Ward and any democrat present at the elections, living in that Ward can vote.

You can find out what Precinct or Ward (School Districts) you live in here and more information about the Precincts and Wards is available here.

To find out what the allocation is for you Ward or Precinct you can check this file.

Chair, Vice Chair and SCC Elections:

The newly elected Precinct Chairs, Ward Chairs together with the current McKinley County Democratic Party Chair, Vice Chair and any additional CCC members from the Precincts will form the McKinley County Central Committee

The newly elected McKinley County Central Committee members will elect a new County Chair, Vice Chair and 11 additional State Central Committee Members representing McKinley County. Candidates for Chair, Vice Chair and SCC members will have to have been a registered democrat in McKinley County for at least 30 days prior to the elections.

Below is an overview that gives some more information about the Party Structure and the responsibilities of the different roles.

Note that the Democratic Party of New Mexico requires McKinley County to elect one SCC member from Congressional District 3.

Note that to be a candidate or to vote in this election you will have to have been a registered democrat in McKinley County, the Precinct or the Ward for at least 30 days before the election.

McKinley County Precinct and Ward Elections

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Veterans Hall in Gallup. registration starts at 9am and elections will start at 11am.

Any registered Democrat may attend and vote in the Ward and Precinct in which they are registered to vote. You must be registered to vote in that precinct as a Democrat by February 28th, 2019.

The Process

Participants will check in to ensure they are registered as Democrats in the Ward and Precinct holding the election.  This is much like the process you go through to vote in person. You will be given voting materials when you register. 

  1. Ward Chair Election.  The first order of business is usually to elect a Ward Chair.  If only one person is running the person running the meeting will usually ask for election by acclamation.  If more than one person is running, people will vote on one of the ballots.
  2. Precinct Chair Election. The group will then separate into precincts to elect Precinct Chairs. Voting is like that for Ward Chair.
  3. CCC Member Election.  This election varies by Precinct. Precinct chairs are automatically CCC members. Each precinct is assigned a number of electedmembers. The number will vary from 0 to 5. If the number of people running for positions does not exceed the number to be elected, election can be by acclamation. If the number exceeds the number to be elected, the voting is by Appendix A Voting (modified ranked choice voting). 
  4. Additional Officers and Other Business. After the CCC Member elections, the Ward may reconvene to elect additional officers, consider resolutions, and conduct other business.

What Steps Should I Take to Be Elected?

Recruit Dem Voters.Recruit Democratic friends/relatives registered in your Precinct (or ward) who are willing to attend the meeting and vote for you. In some cases, it is enough to bring one or two neighbors or family members. In other cases (if somebody is running against you), it is a good idea to recruit more people to attend and vote for you. 

If you have questions about whether those you wish to bring are registered Democrats in your Precinct or Ward, verify their registration using the NM Secretary of State’s voter information lookup at https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVote.aspx.  

Nomination Process.If you are running for office and attend the meeting, you may nominate yourself for office. If you cannot be present at the meeting, ask someone to nominate you for the position and ask your friends, neighbors, and relatives to vote for you.

Prepare a Brief Statement.If you are not the only person running for the position, you may be asked to speak briefly about why you are running and asking people to vote for you.  There may be some informal discussion where a candidate may decide not to run and instead support another candidate.

McKinley County Central Committee Meeting / Elections

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at the Veterans Hall In Gallup. Registration starts at 9am and elections start at 11am.

Who can attend and who can vote?

Anyone can attend the meeting. However, only County Central Committee (CCC) members elected on March 30th as a Precinct Chair, Ward Chair or additional CCC member can vote in this election. Members may vote by proxy. A proxy must be in writing, signed by the person giving the proxy, and filed with the County Secretary.  No person may hold more than three (3) proxies at one time.

The Process

Participants will check in on the day of the election. 

The Election 

  1. County Chairperson
  2. County Vice-Chairperson of the sex opposite that of the Chairperson  
  3. State Central Committee (SCC) Members

New Mexico State Central Committee Meeting

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho, NM – 10:00 am (Registration 8:00-9:45 am)

Who can attend and who can vote?

Anyone can attend the State Central Committee (SCC) meeting. However, only members elected on April 6 as a County Chair, 1stVice Chair or SCC member can vote in this election. Members may vote by proxy. A proxy shall be in writing, signed by the person giving the proxy and filed with the State Secretary. A proxy shall be valid only when voted by a registered Democrat of the same county as the person giving the proxy.

The Process

Participants will check in 8:00 – 9:45 am. 

The Election – State officers in order of election and rank are:

  1. Chairperson
  2. Vice-Chairperson At Large who shall be the sex opposite that of the Chairperson  
  3. Two (2) Vice-Chairpersons of opposite sex from each Congressional District elected by the respective members of the State Central Committee from each Congressional District
  4. Secretary
  5. Treasurer

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE GALLUP CEREMONIAL PARADE & VOTER OUTREACH!

Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.

Ceremonial Parade Walkers meet at the Aztec Theater@ 915 West Aztec Ave. Gallup, NM.  Look for Michelle Lujan Grisham banner.

Note: You can wear traditional Native American attire, rodeo attire or uniform.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m.

Gallup Flea Market need 2 volunteers for 8:00 am to 11:00 am Shift and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Shift.  Volunteers will be getting “Commit to Vote Democrat in 2018” cards filled out by Democratic supporters.

For more information contact:

Charmaine Jackson
Navajo Nation Field Organizer
Democratic Party of New Mexico
Phone: (505) 357-7561
Email: charmaine@nmdemocrats.org

Changes in Meeting Schedule

Going forward the Democratic Party of McKinley County will have the following meeting schedule.

1st Tuesday of each month, online meeting by phone. Details can be found here.

3rd Tuesday of each month, in person meeting at the Red Mesa Center. Details can be found here.