Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NM Senate Candidate Balderas Featured in Hispanic Business Article re: US Senate Races

The following article was provided by the Hector Balderas for Senate Campaign. The article highlights the possible rise of Hispanics to be elected to the US Senate in 2012. The article published in Hispanic Business Magazine dated Dec. 13, 2011can be found in it's entirety here.

There are good indications that more Hispanics will be elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Both Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, told HispanicBusiness magazine they believe Hispanics from Texas and New Mexico could be elected.

In both states, the incumbent U.S. senator -- Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison in Texas and Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman in New Mexico -- have announced their retirements. As always, when an open seat is up for grabs, a large number of candidates vie for their party's nomination. The filing deadline in Texas is December and the filing deadline in New Mexico is February. As such, the list of candidates in both states remains fluid and will remain in flux for months.

One thing does appear to be consistent for the moment -- the names of five Hispanics seeking the Senate nomination for their parties. Three of the potential Hispanic candidates are Republicans, two in Texas and one in New Mexico, and two are Democrats, one each in Texas and New Mexico. If all five file in their respective states, it will be some time before it's known whether any will survive after each state's primary election -- Texas' occurs on Super Tuesday, March 6, and New Mexico's happens June 5. As part of its 2012 election coverage, HispanicBusiness magazine offers brief profiles of these Hispanic hopefuls for a U.S. Senate seat.

New Mexico Democratic Candidate:

BalderasHector Balderas comes from the small, New Mexico village of Wagon Mound, located at the juncture of Interstate 25 and Route 120, about halfway between Interstate 40 and the Colorado border. He did not let small-village life or being raised by a single mother in public housing deter him from creating opportunities for himself. He became the first Wagon Mound resident to graduate from law school and to become an attorney.

Mr. Balderas followed a passion for work in the public sector, which included time spent as an assistant district attorney, a term in the New Mexico House of Representatives and, since 2006, serving as New Mexico's auditor. According to his website, under his leadership his office, among other things, "put an end to double-billing for expenses by a Grant County commissioner; uncovered a $3.3 million embezzlement scheme at the Jemez Mountain Public School District, the largest such case in state history; and helped uncover the misuse of funds and corruption that led to the indictment of a former New Mexico secretary of state on embezzlement and money-laundering."

His website quotes him: "In this campaign, I won't have the most connections in Washington. I won't be the candidate of the lobbyists or the insiders. But I'm not running to be their senator. I'm running to be yours."

Factor to Consider:

Another important factor in terms of candidate popularity remains the Hispanic vote. Nothing suggests that Hispanic voters merely vote for Hispanic candidates, but as in all elections, it becomes a factor to consider. In a report issued March 31, Matt A. Barreto, associate professor of political science at the University of Washington and co-founder of Latino Decisions, estimated that 42.5 percent of eligible voters in New Mexico are Hispanic, but that 202,650 are eligible but not registered. In Texas, Mr. Barreto estimated that 33.7 percent of eligible voters are Hispanic, but that 2.2 million are eligible but not registered. According to the 2010 census, Texas has a Hispanic population of 9.5 million, or 37.6 percent of the state's total population, and New Mexico has a Hispanic population of 943,403, or 46.3 percent of the state's total population.

December 14, 2011 at 01:00 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Candidates & Races, Hector Balderas, Hispanic Issues | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 02, 2011

Balderas Launches New Online Headquarters

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From the Hector Balderas for Senate Campaign:

Continuing to build his grassroots momentum, Hector Balderas launched an updated website and online headquarters today that includes enhanced tools for engaging and organizing supporters.

"We've already seen broad grassroots support for our campaign," said Campaign Manager Caroline Buerkle. "We're excited we can now offer even more ways for our supporters to get involved online and continue to use new media to tell Hector's story and engage with New Mexicans."

Created with grassroots supporters in mind, the revamped hectorbalderas.com also allows visitors to take action in a variety of ways, including the ability to "endorse" Hector themselves, as well as volunteer, attend events and connect with the campaign through email and a number of social media platforms.  Visitors can also view Hector's current endorsements and see the growing list of local leaders, unions and coalitions that have declared their support for bringing Wagon Mound values to Washington.  In addition, in a new section focusing on Hector's policy positions, he shares his vision on a variety of key issues including how he will fight to hold Wall Street accountable and make Washington work for middle class families. 

"Washington has lost a sense of purpose and responsibility," writes Balderas, introducing his issues platform. "That's why New Mexicans are so frustrated with out national leaders.  Every day New Mexicans who work hard and play by the rules fall further behind—yet not one Wall Street executive has been held accountable for sending our economy to the brink of disaster!" 

"It's time to give average citizens a voice, and that is exactly what our online headquarters is meant to do," Balderas added. 

Visit http://www.hectorbalderas.com/ to learn more.

December 2, 2011 at 02:21 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Hector Balderas | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hector Balderas: Why Cain's Electrified Fence Is Not So Shocking

Images-1Today, NM Democratic candidate for Senate Hector Balderas wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Huffington Post Latino Voices about how GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's offensive and unbecoming call for an electrified border fence is not shocking, considering the rest of the Republican agenda. It can be found HERE, or see the full text below.

An electrified fence. On the border. Designed to kill people. Along with "real guns with real bullets."

This is the immigration "plan" recently proposed by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

And he's one of his party's frontrunners.

There's no question that immigration is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. No one wants to see people entering this country illegally -- that's why we need bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform in this country. We need leaders who aren't afraid to take up this problem and acknowledge the realities of how we live. For too long, Washington has failed in its responsibilities and not lifted a finger to do anything about this issue.

But Mr. Cain doesn't support bipartisan immigration reform. Neither do any of the other Republican presidential candidates. They all oppose a path to citizenship. They all oppose a federal DREAM Act. They all support Arizona's draconian law that promotes racial profiling.

Instead, Mr. Cain supports electrified fences, guns and bullets. His proposal is not just offensive to the Hispanic community but unbecoming of someone seeking high office, and it flies in the face of everything this great country stands for.

After repeating his comments several times, Mr. Cain said he was merely joking. But there's nothing funny about the violent imagery he's espoused. His comments are reprehensible and should be condemned.

Instead, what we got from the other Republican candidates was silence. They spent the most recent debate pandering to the worst elements of the Tea Party and arguing over who was the most right-wing, but not one critical word was said about Mr. Cain's remarks.

Disappointing? Yes. Surprising? Sadly, no.

The Republicans running for president, and many running for other office (like Senate candidate Heather Wilson in New Mexico) have embraced a Tea Party agenda that will hurt many average Americans -- but will be particularly devastating to Hispanic Americans.

While Mr. Cain may try to laugh off his offensive comments about an electrified fence as a joke, there are very serious consequences to the Tea Party agenda shared by Cain, Romney, Rick Perry, Heather Wilson, and Republican candidates across the country. Thirty-one percent of New Mexico Hispanics under the age of 17 live below the poverty line. Yet the Republican candidates continue to coddle Wall Street, millionaires and large corporations while proposing to slash Medicaid funding, causing 36 million people to lose their coverage. And they would cut food stamp benefits for a family of four by nearly $1,800 a year. As someone who grew up in public housing while living on food stamps, that's no laughing matter.

Nearly half of New Mexico's Hispanic students don't graduate from high school. Many of them come from rural communities that are among the most economically distressed in the country. Yet the Republican candidates have a plan that would cut federal spending for education and training by 25 percent -- it would cut 320,000 children from Head Start and cut assistance for families trying to send their children to college. As the first from my town to graduate from law school, the husband of a public school teacher, and father of children in New Mexico public schools, that's not funny.

There are over 60,000 Hispanic senior citizens in New Mexico. Yet the Republican candidates have proposed privatizing Social Security, putting it at the mercy of a volatile stock market. And they support eliminating Medicare as we know it, increasing costs for seniors by $6,400. As someone who was raised by a single mother that now relies on Medicare, there is nothing funny about that.

For too long, the wealthy and powerful have benefited from Washington policies that continue to help them at the expense of everyone else. Rather than focus on policies that will grow our economy, create jobs, hold both Washington and Wall Street accountable, and lift everyone up by bringing people together, Republicans and the Tea Party have decided that it is in their political interest to continue dividing us by pitting us against one another.

Mr. Cain's remarks take that to a whole new level. That, I'm sorry to say, is no joke.

And, sadly, given the harmful plans they have for the country, his "joke" about an electrified fence is not that shocking all.

Hector Balderas is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate from New Mexico. If elected, he would be the first Hispanic Senator from New Mexico since 1977. He was elected New Mexico's State Auditor in 2006 at the age of 33 (making him the youngest statewide Latino elected official in the nation), and he was overwhelmingly reelected in 2010. For more information, visit www.HectorBalderas.com.

October 26, 2011 at 06:11 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Border Issues, Hector Balderas, Hispanic Issues, Immigration, Republican Party | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Santa Fe Police Officers Association Endorses Hector Balderas for Senate

HECTORBALDERAS1CrCiting his commitment to protecting the people of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Police Officers Association today endorsed Hector Balderas for United States Senate.

In a letter to Balderas announcing the endorsement, Vice President of the Santa Fe Police Officers Association, Adam Gallegos, stressed Balderas' commitment to serving the people of New Mexico as a prosecutor, state legislator, and State Auditor. Gallegos wrote, "Your aggressive prosecution of criminals and your rooting out of government fraud proves your commitment to the citizens of New Mexico. Based on your record we believe that you will continue to bring this same dedication as our next United States Senator."

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Santa Fe Police Officers Association," Hector said. "Police officers put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect our communities. As New Mexico's Senator, I will work tirelessly to ensure that our country's emergency workers have the tools they need to keep us safe. These hardworking men and women deserve our utmost respect, and I look forward to taking their values to the United States Senate."

The Balderas campaign reported that the Santa Fe Police Officers Association joins seven other unions throughout New Mexico in supporting Balderas for Senate, including the Las Cruces Professional Firefighters Association (Local 2362), the Santa Fe Firefighters Association (International Association of Firefighters Local 2059), AFSCME Local 1380 (San Miguel, Colfax, Union and Mora counties), AFSCME Local 2777 (Sandoval, San Juan and McKinley counties), AFSCME Local 2851 (City of Las Vegas), AFSCME Local 2890 (Taos & Rio Arriba County), and AFSCME Local 3199 (Eddy, Lea and Chaves counties).

Photo by M.E. Broderick.

October 21, 2011 at 04:05 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Hector Balderas, Law Enforcement | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

NM State Senator Howie Morales Endorses Hector Balderas for US Senate

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Hector Balderas, Sen. Howie Morales

Hector Balderas' campaign for U.S. Senate is reporting that more local leaders are committing their support Balderas, as New Mexico State Senator and community leader Howie Morales (D-Silver City) announced his endorsement from Grant County today.

In a statement announcing his support, Morales, who has served in the New Mexico State Senate since 2008, and previously served as Grant County Clerk, praised Hector's commitment to expanding opportunity for all New Mexicans. "He has an acute understanding of the difficulties that hardworking New Mexican families face. He has been a consistent fighter for the middle class, and his support for those who are struggling in this economy is unmatched," said Morales.

"Hector has also shown a strong commitment to education," Morales continued. "Having worked as a special education teacher for many years, I am keenly aware of the challenges our education system faces, particularly for students who need the most help. Hector understands this. His focus on education and his understanding that we must devote our best resources to our schools is unparalleled.

"I am honored to receive the support of Howie Morales," Balderas said. "He is both a pillar of the community and a strong legislator, who has always put the needs of New Mexico first. Howie's commitment to children and families and to preserving the quality of life in Southern New Mexico, represent everything that is right with our state. I am deeply humbled by his support."

Howie Morales joins seven other State Senators and 39 additional current and former elected officials throughout New Mexico in supporting Balderas for Senate.

October 20, 2011 at 07:43 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Hector Balderas | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Martin Heinrich Leads All in Campaign Fundraising for U.S. Senate Race in NM

At the end of the third quarter, NM-1 Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich has an impressive lead over all other candidates in campaign fundraising for the U.S. Senate race in New Mexico. Last Wednesday, Heinrich's campaign released a statement saying that his 3Q report would show him raising more than $650,000 between July 1 and September 30, 2011, with a cash-on-hand total of more than $1.1 million. They also said then that "the impressive total was fueled by 2,596 individuals, 94 percent of whom gave $200 or less."

Today it was revealed that fellow Democratic Senate candidate, State Auditor Hector Balderas, raised about $250,000 in Q3, and has nearly $465,000 in cash on hand.

On the Republican side, former CD1 Rep. Healther Wilson raised more than $530,000 between July and the end of September. Her campaign says she has almost $1 million cash on hand. Her fellow Republican candidate, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, reported that he raised more than $161,000 in the third quarter, and that has has about $250,000 in cash in hand. Republican Greg Sowards of Las Cruces had not yet released his info.

Q2: At the end of the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2011, the Balderas campaign reported raising $400,000 in its first two months, with approximately $370,000 cash-on hand. (Balderas did not announce his candidacy until April 26.) Heinrich for Senate reported raising $485,000 in the second quarter and just over $700,000 cash on hand.

For more posts on the 2012 Senate race in New Mexico, visit our archive.

October 14, 2011 at 06:46 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Heather Wilson, Hector Balderas, Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01) | Permalink | Comments (3)

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Martin Heinrich Reports Raising $650,000 for Senate Race in Q3, More Than $1M on Hand

MartinHeinrich2CR When he files his third quarter fundraising report with the Federal Elections Commission on October 15, Martin Heinrich will show that he raised just over $650,000 between July 1 and September 30, 2011, for his campaign for the U.S. Senate, according to a statement released by his campaign today. The campaign also said it will report a cash-on-hand total of more than $1.1 million, and that "the impressive total was fueled by 2,596 individuals, 94 percent of whom gave $200 or less."

“I am honored by the commitment of each and every person who, in the face of difficult times and adverse situations, invested in this campaign,” Heinrich said. “We still have a long way to go, but given the outpouring of support, I know we will be successful, and I humbly thank everyone who stands with me.”

“Pundits and prognosticators are already calling the 2011 third fundraising quarter ‘abysmal,’” former U.S. Ambassador Ed Romero said. “The fact that Martin was able to raise this much money in such a difficult environment proves several things, which I have believed for a long time: Martin gives 120 percent of himself to everything he does; no one can outwork Martin; and women and men all across our great state want to see Martin as their next United States senator.”

No word yet from the Hector Balderas for Senate campaign on his third quarter fundraising totals. 

Last Quarter
For the 2Q FEC reporting period ending June 30, 2011, the Balderas campaign reported raising $400,000 in its first two months, with approximately $370,000 cash-on hand. (Balderas did not announce his candidacy until April 26.)

Heinrich for Senate reported raising $485,000 in the second quarter and  just over $700,000 cash on hand.

To see a collection of our posts on the 2012 U.S. Senate race in New Mexico, visit our archive.

Photo by M.E. Brodeick.

October 5, 2011 at 01:02 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Hector Balderas, Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01) | Permalink | Comments (7)

Friday, September 23, 2011

9/27: Progressive Women for Balderas Meet and Greet Hosted by Prof. Margaret Montoya

From Balderas for Senate:

PROGRESSIVE WOMEN FOR BALDERAS
Meet & Greet
Hosted by
Prof. Margaret Montoya
&
Dr. Carletta Bullock  Angela Chavez Adkins 
Hon. Diane Denish  Maria Martinez  Diana Montoya-Boyer  Suzanne Prescott  Charlotte Roybal   Dr. Karen Sanchez-Griego  Dr. Kristine Suozzi  DeAnza Valencia

Hon. Hector Balderas
Candidate for United States Senate
Tuesday, September 27th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
At the Boyer-Montoya Home—931 Green Valley Road, NW, ABQ
Click for Flyer (pdf)

Contributions Gratefully Accepted, But Not Required
RSVP: [email protected] or call (505) 345-6382

September 23, 2011 at 02:22 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Events, Hector Balderas, Progressivism, Women's Issues | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

CHILE-PAC Makes First Ever Endorsement - of Hector Balderas for Senate

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Balderas at recent matanza campaign fundraiser in S. Valley

A statement released by the Hector Balderas campaign says that, "Momentum continued to build for Hector Balderas' US Senate campaign yesterday, as he picked up the first-ever endorsement by CHILE-PAC, a coalition of Hispanic organizations from across New Mexico."

In announcing its support for Hector's candidacy for Senate, CHILE-PAC President Santiago Juarez, praised Hector's lifelong commitment to the people of New Mexico, and his record of fighting to expand opportunity for all people. "He understands that we need to hold corporations and government accountable so that we can invest in the economy and education and protect our most vulnerable citizens, including children and seniors.

"Throughout his tenure as a New Mexico elected official, Hector has consistently demonstrated an unmatched understanding of the needs of all New Mexicans. He always stands up for the hard working middle class, and I am confident he will continue to do so as New Mexico's next Senator," Juarez continued.

"I'm proud to receive the support of the CHILE-PAC," Balderas said. "The organization is comprised of outstanding and unbending community leaders who fight every day to preserve the New Mexico traditions and values we all love and cherish. CHILE-PAC understands that the American dream is slipping away from too many families. We need champions in Washington who will make sure we are investing in New Mexico's families and small businesses instead of just the wealthiest and most fortunate individuals and corporations. That is the only way we will ever ensure that our children have a brighter future than we had," Balderas concluded.

The CHILE-PAC (which stands for Concerned Hispanics Involved in Legislative Empowerment Political Action Committee) was created in 2011 and is comprised of a coalition of Hispanic organizations in New Mexico. CHILE-PAC is committed to promoting candidates who represent the very best of Hispanic values and advances all New Mexicans. Despite a 45% Hispanic and Latino population in the state, the group noted that New Mexico has not been represented by a Hispanic US Senator since 1977.

Photo by M.E. Broderick.

September 22, 2011 at 06:57 AM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Hector Balderas, Hispanic Issues | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Report: ABQ South Valley Matanza for Hector Balderas for US Senate

This is a report from the field by Mary Ellen Broderick.

On Saturday, September 17th, New Mexico’s State Auditor Hector Balderas had a wonderful Fall matanza in Albuquerque's South Valley. Hector’s colleague and friend, Tim Padilla, hosted the matanza as a fundraiser for the Balderas for United States Senate campaign. On a gorgeous late summer day, many supporters and new friends of Hector came to a peaceful South Valley home. The home is nestled right up against the Black Mesa escarpment, amongst very old cottonwoods not yet turning the gorgeous Fall gold. This was definitely a New Mexico setting.


Click for photo album

I have been following Hector for the past several weeks, monitoring his strengths and weaknesses. I come away with a list of strengths. Many New Mexican’s do not have the opportunity to see and listen to a candidate for US Senate once, let alone a few times. I have come to the conclusion that Hector is the real deal. He really is of New Mexico.

Hector has been the NM State Auditor since 2006. He has worked tirelessly to shake out waste and corruption in all the agencies of the state -- whether it's intentional or not intentional, or perpetrated by Democrats or Republicans, Hispanics or Anglos, males or females. Here in New Mexico we are lucky to have a State Auditor that is working for the people, all the people. With his reserved demeanor, Hector just puts his bald head down and pushes through and gets it done. He is steadfastly watching our New Mexican tax dollars. I defy anyone to find a state auditor who has done more for the job and taken the responsibility of being the auditor more earnestly.

US Senate candidate Hector Balderas has a consistent refrain: “The future of New Mexico is what this campaign is really about. I represent a community, a group of individuals in New Mexico that need a voice in Washington DC.” Hector goes on to explain how he travels throughout the state of New Mexico, visiting the most isolated, rural and humble communities. The people Hector meets on the campaign trail express their trust of the job he is doing, and he knows that these people put him there to do a job. Hector goes on to say, “I know politics and politicians don’t represent those people. But that is the kind of voice I want to take to Washington -- It is just not my own, it’s your voice.”

Listen to his entire short speech here:

This past Saturday, Hector was gracious enough to answer a couple of questions I thought would be of interest to myself and others. They're questions regarding current affairs facing the average New Mexican.

This video is a general question regarding the matanza fundraiser and the worries on minds of New Mexicans:

Hector also said he was happy New Mexicans are looking forward to new strong leaders, and that people are frustrated and tired of not being listened to.

The next video includes Hector’s comments on the new movement called Rebuild the Dream: This is a movement that is near and dear to my heart, being an unemployed architect.

Lastly, I asked Hector about the latest scandal of our tax dollars being loaned to a start-up company called Solyndra, which has been in the front pages lately. I think this video represents Hector's passion and drive to protect our tax dollars.

September 20, 2011 at 05:28 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Hector Balderas | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tonight 9/20: Fundraiser for Hector Balderas for Senate at Opa in ABQ

From Balderas for Senate:

Enjoy Wonderful Friends & Hors D'Oeuvres with
Our Candidate for U.S. Senate
Hon. Hector Balderas
OPA! Bar at 3109 Central Avenue Northeast, ABQ
Tuesday, September 20th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
HOSTED BY
Chip Hindi & Paul Sanchez * Lois & Shawkeet Hindi
AND CO-HOSTS
Chris Salas * Roxann & Sean Stewart * Bob White
See Flyer for More Information

September 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Events, Hector Balderas | Permalink | Comments (0)

Northern Navajo Agency Council Endorses Hector Balderas for U.S. Senate

HectorBalderas120 The Northern Navajo Agency Council yesterday announced its endorsement of Hector Balderas for the United States Senate.

Charlie T. Jones, Jr, President of the Hogback Navajo Chapter, cited Hector’s commitment to the communities in the Northern Navajo Agency. “As someone born in a small northern New Mexico town, Hector Balderas comes from a rural background similar to the majority of Navajo people. He understands and relates to the problems we are facing.”

“We need a Senator who represents and fights for all communities in New Mexico. Hector is a leader who will advocate for more investments in education, infrastructure, and innovation. These are the types of initiatives that New Mexico desperately needs,” Jones concluded.

“I’m humbled to receive the support of the Northern Navajo Agency Council. I look forward to working with the Council to implement policies that restore economic fairness to all hardworking people across the state. My top priority is ensuring that all communities in New Mexico are receiving the support they need to prosper,” Hector said

The Northern Navajo Agency Council is a recognized government subsidiary to the Navajo Nation Council that is empowered to advocate matters affecting citizens of the Navajo Nation. The Council represents twenty chapters, the majority of which are located in the state of New Mexico. 

Photo by M.E. Broderick.

September 20, 2011 at 02:14 AM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Hector Balderas, Native Americans | Permalink | Comments (1)