Our Core Values and Platform

New Mexico Democrats believe that every person matters. We believe that all citizens should have an equal voice in how we as a people are governed and call out the disproportionate influence by rich and powerful special interests on our government. We stand for the 99%. We affirm the ties that bind us together as one human family.

We envision a New Mexico in which every person is treated with respect and every person has what it takes to live a life of dignity—secure, decent-paying jobs; a just economic system; not-for-profit universal healthcare; high quality public schools; a safe, healthy environment where the unmatched beauty of our land is preserved for future generations.

As caring citizens of this state, this country, and this planet, we hold these basic rights to be the natural heritage of all people. As dedicated Democrats, we band together to claim that heritage for every member of our human community, both now and in times to come.

We support small, local, and sustainable New Mexico agriculture that enables fair water access with water conservation efforts.
These farming practices are important to help alleviate food deserts in urban and rural communities. We recognize the importance of local agriculture to include farming and ranching.

American Indian Tribes and Pueblos of New Mexico
Democrats recognize tribal sovereignty and acknowledge the fundamental trust responsibility of the United States government to American Indian People and tribal governments as grounded and embedded in treaties, laws and court decisions. With that understanding, Democrats will honor, strengthen and fulfill the sovereign, inherent rights of Tribes and Pueblos in New Mexico by working to enact laws, policies, and political processes that are led and informed by the Tribes and Pueblos of New Mexico. Democrats will seek to ensure that New Mexico Tribes and Pueblos have access to clean air, land, and water; and will consistently defend their sovereign rights to protect their natural and cultural resources, sacred sites, economic interests, cultural identity, Indigenous languages and rights to self-determination.

Democrats recognize the role of the arts toward making a community attractive to its citizens, tourists, labor force, and business partners and we are committed to investing in the arts to continue our state’s rich cultural heritage.

Business, Economy, and Revenue Sources
Every American, including women, people of color, and other marginalized communities, has the right to a job that earns enough to provide adequate food, housing, clothing, healthcare, recreation, and protection from the economic fears of old age, illness, or accidents, while ensuring adequate resources for future generations to provide equally for themselves. And businesses have the right to operate free from unfair competition at home and abroad. We support a progressive tax system where all businesses and individuals pay their fair share.

Civil Rights
We acknowledge the rights of all persons to be treated equally, with dignity and respect, regardless of race, color, creed, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical ability, cognitive ability, or age.

Criminal Justice Reform
Democrats are committed to reforming our criminal justice system as a means to improving safety for everyone, including promoting community-based alternatives to mass incarceration of non-violent offenders.

Democrats believe that an educated populace is the cornerstone of sustainable democracy, and the single most important driver of economic prosperity. Affordable, high-quality pre-K through college education is a basic right that is protected by New Mexico’s dedicated, high-quality educators. We believe that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that the public education system prepares all to participate meaningfully in society.

Ethics, Elections, and Politics
A just and functioning society can only exist when all people have an equal voice. Every citizen of voting age residing in New Mexico and the U.S. has a right and should be encouraged to vote. We actively work to prevent and remove obstructions to voting in any local or federal election. We also believe that the government has the right to regulate campaign finance.

Energy and Environment
Democrats support the use of clean energy and will train the workforce, create jobs, and support small businesses as we transition to a renewable energy infrastructure. We will position New Mexico as a key global hub for technology, manufacturing, and construction to join and accelerate the clean energy transition as a means to protect air, land, and water, and stop the worst effects of climate change.

Healthcare is a fundamental human right. Regardless of their circumstance, everyone in New Mexico and the U.S. should have access to comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care in conjunction with comprehensive behavioral health services, and reproductive care, including access to birth control, quality prenatal and postpartum care, and abortion care.

Democrats will create an obtainable path to citizenship and comprehensive reform that creates a humane and non-discriminatory immigration system that keeps families together, and strengthens our economy.

International Relations
Democrats call for the use of diplomacy, alliances, and peacebuilding interventions of governmental and non-governmental organizations that re-foster trust in America’s role in addressing international and civil conflicts. All actions of United States institutions and supporting organizations—including the military, intelligence agencies, State Department, and military contractors, and any U.S. international business transactions—should reflect integrity, respect, and ethical behavior in accordance with human rights and international norms and laws. And we believe that our security, prosperity, and well-being is best served by friendly and cooperative relations with border countries.

Democrats will remove obstacles for workers, public and private, to exercise their right to organize and join unions. We recognize how unions contribute to building a stronger middle class, as well as their critical role in fighting for living wages, fair work rules and hiring practices, and safe working conditions.

A free and open media with diverse ownership and multiple opposing views from independent journalists is essential to a functional democracy because voters must be informed to make sound voting decisions.

Public Safety
Democrats believe everyone has a basic right to be free from coercion and violence, including harm imposed by corporate degradation of water, air, and soil. We will support a multi-faceted strategy to public safety including law enforcement, intervention and treatment, and universal background checks for firearm purchases.

Science & Technology
Government has a role in supporting science and technology research to be used for public good. Technological growth and the supporting infrastructure should be equally accessible to all, provide equitable benefits, and ensure socially responsible development for public good. Policy makers should be informed by the best science available.

Transportation & Infrastructure
Democrats believe in state and federal investment in public infrastructure and transportation to improve our state’s economic competitiveness and create jobs. We also believe everyone should have clean water, electricity, heat, and high-speed internet.

Veterans & Military Affairs
We believe all qualified persons who wish to serve our nation are free to do so without discrimination. Our country has a sacred, moral responsibility to honor all of our veterans and wounded warriors. The party that passed the G.I. Bill of Rights will always work to protect the benefits our veterans and their families have earned in service to our nation.

Democrats are committed to ensuring full equality for women in education, employment, healthcare, and in all other spheres of society. We recognize that violence against women and girls is an epidemic and stand firm in the need for a societal shift and prosecution of perpetrators. Democrats are pro-choice.


The latest version of the  Core Values and the Platform of the Democratic Party of New Mexico can also be found here.