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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Dolores Huerta, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Laud Santa Fe Mayor David Coss at Packed Rally
Despite a lively snowstorm, enthusiastic supporters of Santa Fe Mayor David Coss gathered en mass this past Sunday to rally for his re-election at the Elks Lodge in Santa Fe. The already festive gathering was energized further by the featured speakers -- famed labor and justice advocate Dolores Huerta and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03). Great eats were provided by Bert's Taqueria. The good vibes were courtesy of the Mayor's spirited allies from all walks of life.
Mayor Coss talks about campaign
Notables in the crowd included New Mexico House Speaker and his wife Carmen, Secretary of State Mary Herrera, Santa Fe State Rep. Brian Egolf, Carter Bundy of AFSCME, Christine Trujillo of the American Federation of Teachers of New Mexico, Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano and many others.
Rep. Lujan discusses the passion of Delores Huerta, Mayor Coss' jobs plan, caring about the people
It was a particular honor to have Dolores Huerta at the rally. In fact, Mayor Cos said it was "one of the greatest honors of my life that she'd come out here today for us." She doesn't do this for just anybody. Huerta pointed out her long-standing ties to New Mexico and the state's special brand of politics, explaining she was born Dolores Hernandez in the coal-mining town of Dawson, New Mexico. She said her father was a union organizer and state assemblyman, and that there are a couple New Mexico judges among her ancestors.
As for her support for Mayor Cosss, she said, "There's only one litmus test in judging political figures. You're either for the working people or you're not. And Mayor Coss is definitely for the working people."
Huerta says Coss is a leader who supports unions and working people, and talks about Nuevo Mexico
While political rallies in New Mexico are always fun, the main goal of this event serious indeed -- to encourage people to get out and vote in the municipal election on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, and to urge them to work with the Coss campaign to get out the vote on election day. (Early voting at the city clerk's office continues through Friday.) Mayor Coss has the lead in the race, according to recent polling, but his victory depends on people voting, and getting their friends, families, colleagues and neighbors to do the same.
We can lose this election if turnout is low, as it has been in other places of late, like Massachusetts. We can't let that happen here. So get involved NOW. Donate your time and/or financial support to the Re-Elect Coss campaign. Most of all, help GOTV on March 2nd.
All photos and videos by M.E. Broderick.