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

Pre-Primary Nominating Convention

The 2020 Pre-Primary Nominating Convention will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2020, at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Pojoacque, New Mexico. Registration begins at 7:00 am, and the convention will be called to order at 10:00 am.

DPNM has arranged a room block for delegates wishing to stay the night before or after the convention. Call 1-800-HILTONS and use code DEMS.

Note that State Central Committee Members are automatic delegates, and that proxies are not permitted, thus delegates must appear in person.


McKinley County Democratic Party Convention

The McKinley County Democrats will hold a county convention at 1:00 pm on February 22, 2020, at the usual meeting place of the Veterans Helping Veterans, 908 E. Buena Vista Ave., Gallup, New Mexico.

At this meeting we will select delegates to the State Convention which will be held Saturday March 7th, 2020, at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Pojoaque. All those interested in being a delegate to the 2020 Pre-Primary Nominating State Convention should be present at the County Convention.

Our County Democrats who are members of the State Central Committee are automatically selected to attend the State Convention. However, we have many other open slots which will be filled at the County Convention.

A Town Hall is to be Held for Candidates Running in the March 3, 2020, Gallup Municipal Election

  • Location UPDATE

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:30 PM the McKinley County Democratic Party will host a Town Hall for Candidates Running in the March 3, 2020 Gallup Municipal Election. The location will be at the GMCS Student Support Center, 640 S Boardman Dr, Gallup, New Mexico.

Known candidates include:

Mayor – Louis Bonaguidi, Charles Van Drunen, Yolanda E. Ahasteen-Azua, Jayson Gomez, and Sammy Chioda

City Council District 2 – Michael Schaaf, and incumbent Allan Landavazo

City Council District 4 – Levi Franklin Saucedo, and incumbent Francisca P. Palochak

Municipal Judge – Janell Griego, Earl Andrew Yearly, and Jackie McKinney


Standing Committee Appointment Process and Application

A Message from the State Chair, Marg Elliston!

Thank you!  Thank you for your support.  Thank you for electing an exciting and diverse team to lead DPNM!  Thank you for your commitment to our Democracy.

Team DPNM has the momentum.  Now we need to complete our committees so we can get everyone pulling in the same direction.  Here’s where you come in.

We have 5 standing committees –

  • Affirmative Action
  • Rules
  • Budget and Finance
  • SPARC (State Platform and Rules Committee), and
  • The Judicial Council.  

The State Chair may appoint 5 members to Affirmative Action, 4 members to Budget and Finance, 5 members to SPARC, the entire Rules committee and 3 members to the Judicial Council.

If you or anyone you know is interested in an appointment to these committees, please have them fill out the application form FOUND HERE. This form can also be accessed on our website HERE.

Applications are due by Thursday May 9, 2019. Your help in recruiting and informing folks for this is greatly appreciated.  

It is so wonderful to see all this enthusiasm for serving DPNM.  We’re going to work hard to find important activities for everyone who wants to serve.  I look forward to joining with you to turn our country around.

Thank you again and please spread the word on the committee selection process.

Bernie Sanders Organizing Kickoff in Gallup

Come together with your friends, family, and neighbors to join Bernie Sanders’ historic campaign to defeat Trump and transform America.

Join other Bernie Sanders supporters on April 27th at 2:00PM to hear from Senator Sanders about his vision and what it’s going to take to complete the political revolution.

It’s going to take all of us, so let’s get to work!

The location for the event will be announced closer to the event date. Please make sure to register online so the event organizer can send you the information on the location.

If you are not in Gallup, there are thousands of other locations where Organizing Kick Off meetings will be held. You can find an event closer to you here.

Mckinley County Democratic Party Election Results

The Mckinley County Democratic Party held their officers elections today. The results are below:

Ward 1:
Ward Chair: Carol Bowman-Muskett
Nobody elected in Precinct 1, 3, 5, 20

Precinct 4:
Precinct Chair: Carol Bowman Muskett

Precinct 6:
Precinct Chair: Sonlatsa Jim-Martin

Precinct 21:
Theresa Frazier

Ward 2:
Ward Chair: Deanna Crask
Nobody elected in Precinct 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 36, 51, 60, 61, 62

Ward Chair: Deanna Crask
Nobody elected in Precinct 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 36, 51, 60, 61, 62

Precinct 10:
Precinct Chair: Deanna Crask

Ward 3:
Ward Chair: Albert Shirley
Nobody elected in Precinct 14, 16, 17, 18, 23, 33, 50, 55

Precinct 24:
Precinct Chair: George Munoz

Precinct 52:
Precinct Chair: Cynthia Sanders

Precinct 53:
Precinct Chair: Albert ShirleyW

Ward 4:
Ward Chair: None Elected
Nobody elected in Precinct 22, 25, 37, 32, 34, 37, 41, 54, 57, 58

Ward Chair: None Elected
Nobody elected in Precinct 22, 25, 37, 32, 34, 37, 41, 54, 57, 58

Precinct 31
Precinct Chair: Patty Lundstrom

Precinct 38
Precinct Chair: Kimberly Wahpepah

Precinct 39
Precinct Chair: Dennis Romero

Ward 5:
Ward Chair: Barry Klopfer
Nobody elected in Precinct: 35, 40, 42, 43, 45, 47, 48, 49

Precinct 44:
Precinct Chair: R. David Pederson

Precinct 46:
Precinct Chair: Kenneth Esparza

Precinct 56
Precinct Chair: Sharlene Begay-Platero

Precinct 59
Precinct Chair: Cas Hoefman

Ward 6:
Ward Chair: None Elected
Nobody elected in Precinct 26, 27, 29, 30

County Chair: Mary Ann Armijo

County Vice Chair: Michael Daly

SCC Members:

State Central Committee Members:

Sharlene Begay-Platero
Deanna Crask
Kimberly Wahpepah
Charmin Munoz
Patty Lundstrom
Shelly Chimoni
David Pederson
Barry Klopfer
Dennis Romero
George Munoz
Albert Shirley

County Central Committee Members:

Carol Bowman-Muskett
Sonlatsa Jim-Martin
Theresa Frazier
Deanna Crask
Albert Shirley
George Munoz
Cynthia Sanders
Albert Shirley
Patty Lundstrom
Kimberly Wahpepah
Dennis Romero
Barry Klopfer
R. David Pederson
Kenneth Esparza
Sharlene Begay-Platero
Cas Hoefman
Mary Ann Armijo
Michael Daly
Sharmyn Munoz
Amit Pande
Janie Hall
Gabriel Armijo
Paula James Pakala
Zane Munoz