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What We Asked Candidates for Haaland's CD1 Seat and What They Answered

Dear Friend,

There is much going on for New Mexico, but this is urgent! The Congressional District 1 candidates are about to be voted on for each party!

As you know, Deb Haaland was nominated and confirmed as our NEW Secretary of Interior on the Federal level. Due to her leaving her seat prior to the end of her term, CD1 will now be electing the new congressional representative for this district. This is a two-fold process that includes both parties (Democrat & Republican) nominating a single candidate whom will then be to be voted on by voters in a special election on June 1st! The election on June 1 will be conducted as a regular election, including early and absentee voting for voters in CD 1.

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has set June 1, 2021 as the date for the General Election to fill the seat opened by President Joe Biden's appointment of Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. The election will be conducted as a regular election, including early and absentee voting.

The CD1 SCC members of the Democratic Party will select its nominee for New Mexico's First Congressional District. Eight Democrats are seeking the party's nod for the Congressional District 1 position. The SCC election will be held via absentee balloting on March 30. You can view the Call to an SCC Election to Fill Vacancy on CD-1 Ballot.



Who is the best candidate for these seats? On March 30, State Central Committee (SCC) of the Democratic Party will vote for the nominee that heads to the election in June. There are 8 candidates that the SCC members will consider. Given the vacancy of Deb Haaland, a strong representative on the environmental justice movement, we want to see a strong candidate. We sent a questionnaire to these candidates and published the answers received by each person. The Questions We Asked Candidates Were:

  • Do you agree with climate scientists that we are facing a climate emergency?

  • Do you agree with climate scientists that greenhouse gas emissions must be reversed within 10 years in order to achieve carbon neutrality in time to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees and to avoid catastrophic runaway climate disruption?

  • In your opinion, why do political leaders set benchmarks and timeframes for emissions reductions that do not comport with climate science mandates? If elected, what will you do differently than current leadership?

  • Who will you talk to about climate issues? Who advises you? What is your plan for community consultation on climate issues?

  • Do you pledge to co-sponsor the Green New Deal? Why or Why Not?

  • Do you support the Biden administration's Pause on Fracking and do you think New Mexico should adhere to the pause just like all other states? Why or Why Not?

  • Do you support the THRIVE Agenda? Why or Why Not?Yes.

  • Do you support the FRAC pack? Why or Why Not?

  • Do you support a moratorium on utility shut-offs and utility debt forgiveness? Why or Why Not?

  • Have you accepted any donations from fossil fuel companies or utilities?

  • Will you take the #fossilfree pledge?

Congressional District 1 Candidates

When is the CD1 Election? TOMORROW, March 30, there will be a vote towards the next Congressional District 1 candidate; there are 8 candidates running for the Dems and it will be a ranked choice vote. This is a special election because of the nomination of Secretary of Interior, Deb Haaland and her former congressional seat here in New Mexico. This SCC election will be held on March 30, 2021 from 7:00AM to 7:00PM and will take place by absentee balloting in order to ensure COVID safety and compliance with our state’s public health order, per DPNM Rules permitting SCC votes to be taken by online and phone voting. 2 In the event that one or more runoff elections are necessary, they will be held daily from 7:00AM to 7:00PM as necessary, beginning on the day following the initial election. When the SCC meets, 164 members from Bernalillo County will be included among those voting their choice for CD1.


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