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 Districts 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 strive for even representation and have proposed that there will be twelve elected members representing the following Districts:
District 1: Two (2) member seats
District 2: Two (2) member seats
District 3: Two (2) member seats
District 4: Two (2) member seats
District 5: Two (2) member seats
District 89: Two (2) member seats
In the current term, there are nine elected members representing Districts 1 through 5 and one elected member representing District 89.
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 district.
Members appoint alternates (proxies) to cast their vote 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 district 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
- Anna Rondon
- Albert Shirley
- Arden Kucate
- Jo Ann Benenati
- Liz Hannum
Guests and community members are always welcome. We appreciate your new ideas and the vitality you bring to the organization.
The DPMC has adopted the DPNM State rules, you can download or view a copy of our rules here.