Monday, February 27, 2012
Patricia Madrid Guest Blog: Report from "Women for Marty" Kickoff Brunch
On Saturday, February 4, dozens of central New Mexican women packed Scalo’s Restaurant in Nob Hill in support of First Congressional District candidate Marty Chavez. Mary Molina Mescall, the former Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, led the efforts of a stellar Steering Committee composed of such great New Mexico ladies as Clara Padilla Andrews, Clara Apodaca, Cynthia Borrego, Stella Griffin, Janis Harkleroad, Deborah James, Darlene Jojola, Diana Dorn Jones, Luanne Kozlowski, Loyda Martinez, Diana Montoya, Frances Ray, Tanna Romero, Tonja Stafford, Linda Olmstead Stover and myself.
As guests sat down to brunch in a room filled to its capacity, and then some, Mary Molina Mescall introduced the former Mayor and current Congressional candidate by saying, “I understand women’s and girls’ issues,” and “I am confident and I am energized at the fact Marty Chavez is going to give a voice to New Mexico women in Washington, D.C.”
After a warm round of applause, Marty took the microphone to speak about his commitment to New Mexico women. As a State Senator, he introduced and championed pieces of legislation that finally outlawed spousal rape and required insurers to cover mammograms. As Albuquerque Mayor, he established the Center for Family Advocacy, a one-stop-shop for victims of violence, began regular Conferences on Women, which included financial and employment counseling, and assembled an Executive Cabinet made up of more than 50% women. As a Congressional candidate, Marty has proudly but humbly accepted endorsements from equal-pay crusader Lilly Ledbetter and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta.
But Marty recognized that work remains, and he assured the crowd that he will see that the work gets done: “Women are the ones that are continually excluded [from paths to prosperity], still earning less for the same work as their male counterparts. I want to be your Congressman to help rectify that.” And speaking about the recent Planned Parenthood funding controversy, Marty stood firmly in favor of women’s rights. “Everyone believes here that this is a woman’s right to choose based on her faith and her body,” and “when they attack a woman’s right to choose, I will be there to be your voice.”
Political veterans who attended the event know Marty has what it takes to be a successful Representative. Former New Mexico First Lady Clara Apodaca stated that Marty “was the best Mayor we’ve ever had.” I then added that as Former New Mexico Attorney General and a previous Congressional candidate myself I know that “Marty can win this seat. He’s a proven leader, he’s a proven vote-getter, and he’s a wonderful man.” Diana Dorn Jones, who served as Albuquerque COO, recognized Marty’s work ethic: “He is one of the hardest-working politicians that I know. We often wondered if Marty ever slept.”
Several other guests took the floor to speak about how Marty supported the causes important to them. For Cynthia Borrego, it was Marty’s collaboration on nuisance abatement. Cynthia Hall praised Marty’s “long term vision” in preserving open space around Albuquerque. Linda Stover appreciated Marty’s efforts to keep Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Marjorie Germaine is excited to see her adopted hometown get national attention. Darlene Jojola has spent years working with the Urban Indian Advocacy Program, and attested to the fact that Marty “made a difference in the lives of women and children.”
Marty’s accomplishments were not the only ones being lauded. Mary Molina Mescall cited a statistic that 60% of Democratic women vote regularly. Clara Apodaca backed up that statistic, saying, “Women have the power and we vote better than anyone else.” Indeed, Marty Chavez knows women will play incredibly important roles in electing him to Congress and are the lifeblood of local campaign efforts. In New Mexico politics, Marty said, “Women get the work done.”
For more information about “Women for Marty” and Marty’s campaign to deliver results for New Mexican families in Congress please visit www.martychavez.com.
Citizen woman that take good care of themselves and the facilitation of good health, intellectualism and wisdom for our women in society is the hallmark of the highest functioning civilization. I am so proud of our Democratic women.
Posted by: qofdisks | Mar 4, 2012 3:16:45 PM