Friday, March 23, 2012

Chavez Discusses Opposition to Citizens United, 'Elizabeth Warren Challenge' & Ethics Reforms

Following is from the elect Marty Chavez to Congress Campaign.

In an article posted on NMPolitics.net yesterday, Congressional Candidate and former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez discussed his opposition to the Citizens United decision, the unanswered challenge he has issued to his opponents and strong ethics reforms he will push for in Congress.

“I have proposed an agreement to my opponents similar to what Elizabeth Warren and Senator Brown in Massachusetts have signed, in order to put our money where our mouths are in this primary, and keep third-parties and corporate money out of our election.

“After reviewing my ‘Elizabeth Warren Challenge’ to clean up our elections, both Eric Griego and Michelle Lujan Grisham refused to even have a conversation about ending the absurd influence of anonymous, unaccountable third-party money in this campaign.

“I know that New Mexican voters can tell when candidates are just giving lip service to reform. I firmly believe that we should run on our records and ideas without the interference of anonymous and unaccountable third-party expenditures. The New Mexican values that we all strive to represent in Congress call for nothing less.

“This being said, the Citizens United Supreme Court decision severely impacted the ability of individual citizens to have an equal say in our political process. I believe that one of the most effective ways in which to turn this around is to ensure the re-election of President Obama so that he will be nominating any openings that might occur on the Court.

“Very simply, money does not equal speech and I am vehemently opposed to this ruling. I support Senator Udall’s efforts, and in Congress I will do everything in my power to overturn the decision, including being a co-sponsor of his legislation, the DISCLOSE Act and the Fair Elections Now Act.

“I will also push to strengthen our ethics laws by calling for legislation that requires members and senior congressional staff to wait at least five years before lobbying. The revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street contributes greatly to corporate influence in elections. If we’re going to be serious about reigning in the out-of-control spending, we need to start by putting more teeth behind our ethics laws.”

March 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM in Candidates & Races, Citizens United, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (6)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chavez Statement on Paul Ryan/House Republican Budget

From the Marty Chavez for Congress campaign.

Today, Congressional candidate and former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez released the following statement on the Paul Ryan Budget plan that prioritizes tax cuts for the rich over creating American jobs.

“The House Republicans have submitted a budget that increases the burden on the middle-class, low-income families, and seniors in order to fund new tax subsidies for multi-national corporations, Big Oil companies, and billionaires. The distance between their values and priorities and mine could not be farther apart.

“While everyone can agree we need to fix this deficit, I refuse to do it on the backs of New Mexico's working families and seniors who did nothing to create the problems we face today.

“At a time when it's incredibly clear that what we need are more American jobs, the GOP has created NEW tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas while lining the pockets of Big Oil and billionaires with even more tax cuts. Economists say the shock to aggregate demand from the devastating cuts in this budget would result in losing roughly 4.1 million jobs through 2014. Again, this is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing right now.

“Most importantly, this right-wing budget destroys Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. In Congress, I will hold Republicans accountable and fight to strengthen and improve these programs because it's unfair to ask seniors to shoulder higher costs while giving a tax breaks to the richest few.

“While these are the most egregious examples of how out of touch the Republican Party is with the needs of central New Mexican families, I am also very disappointed that this budget undermines our nation's clean energy policy. Instead of cutting funding for the technologies that will drive New Mexico's clean energy economy in the future, we should be increasing funding for the green jobs we can create right here at home while expanding education opportunities for our children to compete in our global economy.

“I know something about taking on tough fights and winning. There's no question that it will take tough leadership in Congress to beat back these ideas and prevail with real solutions for our economy and rebuilding our middle class.”

March 22, 2012 at 01:23 PM in Candidates & Races, Green Economy, Jobs, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 19, 2012

CD1 Former Abq Mayor Marty Chavez Candidate at Pre-primary Convention

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With a crowd of supporters on the stage dancing to the ole favorite "Won't stop til you get enough", Former Mayor Marty Chavez was nominated by City Councilor Ken Sanchez and the second nomination speech was by Marty's daughter. A spirited group with signs waving, and a rainbow flag waving were dancing on the stage.

To a loud cheer, Mr Sanchez started off with, "In November it will be Democrats who will elect Democrats, and Democrats who will defeat Republicans."

Ken Sanchez describes the low approval rating of 13%, and goes on to say, "with Washington in constant gridlock, we need a proven leader with vision and a proven record and action, and that individual is Marty Chavez."

In the video above after City Councilor Ken Sanchez spoke, Marty Chavez's daughter Martinique spoke as the second nominating speech. Her speech focused on Marty as a Dad, not as the general public know him as a mayor for the city. She highlighted her fathers dedication, and as a young woman her father showed her, "Her responsibilities as a citizen and her rights as a woman."

Then Marty Chavez comes to the stage to a robust cheer. First mentioning the lady Lobos! Then Thanking Speaker Lujan who was in attendance and the convention planners.

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Marty launches into his accomplishments as a Mayor in the video above. The fact that Albuquerque, received several titles such as the greatest city in America and the best city in the Country for jobs while he was the Mayor. The former Mayor has been a leader in green jobs and sustainable cities as well. He mentioned the progress for the LGBT community before it was politically convenient passing the first time ordinance to cover sexual orientation. Marty then did a shout out for Sam Bregman thanking Sam as a city councilor for sponsoring that ordinance.

In the video above Marty speaks about the outrage of a panel of men convening in Washington recently to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. Marty states "Our young women have the right to decide what is best for their own health." Marty goes on to say, " Our core values are under attack and we need tough leaders who can stand strong against the tea party activists, I am that kind of leader."

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Marty described how the primary is bound to get more negative. He waved a flier that was on cars that morning, stating lies about him. No one has come forth and their is still no identification of who put those fliers out, DFNM did not see the flier. Marty goes on to describe the challenge he has offered his opponents, Eric and Michelle. The challenge is similar to what Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts did, "she challenged her republican incumbent senator, to just say no to third party expenditures."

The Chavez Campaign sent out the following press release following the convention.

Strong Showing for Chavez at Convention

Yesterday, at the Democratic Party of New Mexico's Pre-Primary Convention, Marty Chavez nearly upended the activist favorite.

“This shows the strength of our people-powered, grassroots campaign. It's clear that my message is resonating and New Mexicans understand that we need tough leaders who can deliver the results our families need in Congress,” said Chavez. “Talk is cheap. If we're going to get serious about creating clean energy jobs in New Mexico, building modern educational infrastructure and truly protecting our environment, we must elect leaders who can actually get things done.”

Marty's campaign has been buoyed in recent weeks by major endorsements including President Bill Clinton. “Marty is a strong, visionary leader who created jobs and delivered the results New Mexican families needed as Mayor of Albuquerque,” said the President. “In Congress, I know that Marty will take on our big challenges, stand up to special interests, and fight to create clean energy jobs in New Mexico because he's proven time and again that he can get the job done.”

Historically, these conventions, essentially a poll of insiders, have not been accurate in predicting eventual primary winners. Some notable examples of candidates winning this vote but failing to capitalize include the 2006 Attorney General race between Gary King and Geno Zamora where Zamora's 36-31 convention win was followed by a 47-32 landslide for King on election day, the 2000 First Congressional District race between John Wertheim, John Kelly and Sam Bregman in which previous nominee Wertheim easily won the convention 35-27 but came in third on election day with just 24 percent, and the 2006 Land Commissioner race where Ray Powell took an incredible 74 percent at the convention but lost the election to Jim Baca just months later.

"We're really pleased with the strong show of grassroots support for Marty's campaign,” said Campaign Manager Alan Packman. “These conventions have always been dominated by the types of insiders most likely to support Sen. Griego. Marty's strength is with everyday people who know his record delivering results for New Mexico's families as Mayor. We put up a tremendous fight against the insider favorite due to the tireless work of our staff and volunteers who put in countless hours at our headquarters to make this happen. As we head into the homestretch of this primary campaign, our battle-tested team is ready to hit the streets and reach out to Democrats all across central New Mexico.”

The Primary Election will be held on June 5th.

March 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM in 2012 DPNM Pre-Primary Convention, Candidates & Races, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 16, 2012

3/31: Marty Chávez invites you to Byran Cranston/Breaking Bad event

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March 16, 2012 at 04:54 PM in Candidates & Races, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

NM State Treasurer & Las Cruces Mayor Endorse Marty Chavez

MartyFollowing Marty's strong showing at county conventions across central New Mexico, New Mexico State Treasurer James Lewis and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima announced their support for his campaign to bring leadership that can deliver results to Washington.

In endorsing Chavez, both agreed that Marty's ability to cut through the partisanship and deliver real results for New Mexican families make him the best choice for the First District.

“Marty is a man of action who knows how to get things done,” said Treasurer Lewis. “Throughout his career, Marty has always put the needs of his constituents front and center by doing the right thing on their behalf and making tough decisions. I am proud to support his campaign.”

Mayor Miyagishima added, “I know the courage it takes to stand by your convictions to do right by your citizens, even in the face of opposition. Marty has the skills to get things done in Washington and I believe the people of central New Mexico will benefit greatly from his leadership. New Mexico needs more jobs, and Marty knows how to attract the right kind of business and help create good, high paying jobs.”

“I'm very proud to have the support of two of the most well-respected leaders in our state as we head into our state convention this weekend,” said Chavez. “We're building a tremendous coalition of grassroots, local Democrats, who believe that we can't just talk our way out of this economy. Like Treasurer Lewis and Mayor Miyagishima, they know that we need tough leaders in Washington, who are focused on protecting our New Mexican values.”

March 6, 2012 at 06:33 AM in Candidates & Races, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Patricia Madrid Guest Blog: Report from "Women for Marty" Kickoff Brunch

Madrid-4w-720237A guest blog from former Attorney General Patricia Madrid.

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.”

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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.

February 27, 2012 at 01:08 PM in Candidates & Races, Guest Blogger, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012, Women's Issues | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, February 24, 2012

HIV/AIDS Interview With CD1 Candidates; Guest Blog by Marshall Martinez

081cropFollowing is a guest blog by activist Marshall Martinez.

Roughly a month ago, I wrote a guest post on Democracy for New Mexico about Federal HIV Policy issues.  (that blog can be found here.)

After writing that blog, I interviewed the 3 Democratic candidates for the First Congressional District house seat about these same issues.   The goal of this post is not to endorse any of the candidates.  It is not intended to portray any candidate in a better or worse light than the others.  My goal is purely to remind the public of the importance of this issue, and relay to the public the thoughts of my local candidates and elected officials on this oft-forgotten issue. 

In 2012, HIV continues to have a deadly grip on our society and there are many ways that the federal government can help us avoid necessary deaths and transmission of this virus.  This issue will be near the top of the list of considerations I use when choosing my candidates for the June 5th Primary and November 6th General Elections.  I implore you to put them somewhere on your own list, as well.

I interviewed Michelle Lujan Grisham—current Bernalillo County Commissioner and former Secretary of the NM Dept. of Health; Eric Griego—NM State Senator and former ABQ City Councilor; and Marty Chavez—former NM State Senator and Mayor of ABQ.

My first topic of discussion with the candidates was a relatively black and white issue: Syringe Exchange Ban on a federal level.  This ban works much like the “Global Gag Rule” prohibiting any federal funding to be awarded to any organization that also provides clean/new needles to IV drug users to help prevent transmission of HIV and other blood-borne pathogens.

All three of the candidates immediately answered this question the same, they would approach such an issue from a public health perspective.  They understood that morality and politics have no place in this particular debate, as we are simply putting more people at risk because we as a society have judged their behavior as unworthy of protection.  Chavez called the issue a “low hanging fruit” for the conservatives who believe they could easily win on an issue that is hard to explain to the average voters,  Griego stated that the issue “needs to be de-politicized” and Grisham stated that the “ideology behind the issue is inappropriate and irresponsible.”

Criminalization of HIV-positive people is a major issue in the US.  Many states have laws that criminalize or increase the severity of crimes based on HIV status.  There is no doubt the goal of this was to reduce transmission because of malice or negligence, but we now know as advocates that is not the outcome achieved. In discussing this issue, Grisham immediately said we need to do more work on education about the issue, since this is still a problem.  She also insisted that we focus our energy on prevention, rather than continuing to spend resources enforcing criminalization statutes.  Griego said the first step in addressing these issues is to think about public health; once we have discovered what works to expand public health, we do the “right thing,” regardless of fears or feelings of morality.  Griego also said we can count on him not to support criminalization in New Mexico if any were to be introduced.  Chavez, while questioning the role of the federal government in state laws on criminalization, pointed out his record as a state senator—sponsoring the difficult and often trailblazing legislation at the time, including his law that finally outlawed spousal rape in NM.  The connection he made was that, though de-criminalizing HIV might not be popular even today, it’s the right thing to do and he would be happy to support it. 

The issues get a bit more difficult, having to navigate budget/revenue issues and healthcare reform, while keeping the discussion focused on HIV policy.  The candidates didn’t have a difficult time, but I sure did.  AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is funding used to help low-income and underinsured people living with HIV afford their medications.   States face budget cuts in every area and some states have already begun to develop waiting lists for ADAP funding, preventing thousands of Americans from accessing the life-saving medications they need.  Grisham immediately made connections that I didn’t have to draw for her: “treatment of the virus is prevention of the virus. We have to set the framework for priorities in our nation’s budget, which means we have to stop having the conversation as a budget conversation and have it as a policy conversation as well.”  Chavez explained that we have severe budget issues in this nation, drawing the picture of borrowing .42 for every dollar spent from foreign investors.  Griego drew the largest distinction on this particular issue, pointing out that he supports more broad changes to healthcare policy in America, rather than tweaking a still broken system.  Griego was quick to demonstrate that there are many barriers to making HIV medications—and all life-saving/improving medication more affordable—including but not limited to patent laws, HMO/pharmaceutical formulary revisions, and our lack of better high risk insurance pool policy or “public option” in Federal Healthcare Reform.    It’s not easy to parse budget, healthcare, and HIV Policy issues clearly.  Each candidate demonstrated a different understanding and approach to these issues, though all agree clearly that access to HIV medications is our moral obligation.  

Rounding up the conversations, I discussed prevention methods and their funding, how to make this issue more “sexy” on a societal level, and my own less frequently discussed issue of doctors giving positive test results without knowing or considering the emotional and psychological weight it has on the patient.  The three candidates had much to say on these topics, though each of them were flattering and supportive in a similar fashion—telling me that the work I am doing is helping to raise the public profile of HIV Issues.  I appreciate the flattery guys, but let’s not add to my already growing ego!!!

In all seriousness, each of the candidates approached this topic more conversationally, bringing in much more of their individual experiences and ideas about policy overall. 

Griego pointed out his success with a Public Safety Tax for the city and creating programs that are geared toward prevention, his recent accomplishments on Addiction Issues in the South Valley and understanding a community approach to prevention and healthcare overall.  Griego has a wonderful grasp on community based approaches to healthcare and especially prevention techniques for multiple issues, including HIV.  Coming from a community that is close-knit and knows that positive relationships can have a huge impact the prevalence for higher risk behaviors, he understands that approaching high risk behaviors with our youth is the key to creating a healthier generation and or target of reaching a Generation without AIDS, soon.  

Chavez has a lengthy legislative and executive history with many policies of which to be proud.  He reminds us of the creation of the “311” system in Albuquerque, which is all about relaying information to people in Albuquerque, and points out that in a digital age, when technology puts information at the tip of or fingers there is no reason that we can’t create more easily accessible information and resources for doctors, patients and average citizens regarding HIV.  He also pointed out that I do not know if our current Representatives’ or Senators’ offices would be able to direct a caller to information on testing, preventing or accessing counseling for HIV, if he were the CD-1 Representative his office will be able to direct constituents to HIV Information.  

Grisham has much public health information to backup her understanding of these issues.  She pointed out that we ought to create incentives for medical schools to develop curriculum that helps students deliver HIV positive test results with care for the emotional and psychological aspects.  Grisham also understands, with incredible nuance the need and benefit of evidence-based prevention methodology.  With such rich background in Public Health, Grisham is able to speak eloquently to the need to have full policy discussions around these issues, rather than trying to pull the larger issue away from the budget, prevention or healthcare debate. 

It is fair to say that we are very fortunate to have such understanding, compassionate, and morally sound Democrats running in the First Congressional District, at least with Regard to HIV Policy.  Whether it is Mayor Chavez speaking with remorse and grief over the loss of friends in the 80s and 90s to this horrific plague; Senator Griego speaking with passion to the abilities we have to prevent and even eradicate this plague from our society with the strength of a community-based approach to healthcare; or Commissioner Lujan-Grisham delving deep into the intricate details of policy and public health, ready to debate with the most conservative personality backed up by evidence; we are blessed in the First Congressional District. 

All three candidates promised they would continue to research, discuss, advocate for, and champion the issue of HIV prevention and treatment.  I challenge you, as voters and constituents in this district, to hold these candidates accountable to their promises; I will continue to do so to the best of my ability.  This is an issue of moral and fiscal obligation in our time, 30 years after the onset of this plague, and we must band together to eradicate it from our world.  

February 24, 2012 at 09:25 AM in AIDS/HIV, Eric Griego, Guest Blogger, Healthcare, Martin Chavez, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Public Policy | Permalink | Comments (2)

Monday, February 13, 2012

President Bill Clinton Endorses Marty Chavez

Clinton chavezToday, in an email to supporters, President Bill Clinton endorsed former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez in his bid to represent New Mexico's First Congressional District.

“I'm proud to endorse my friend Marty Chavez in his race for Congress. Marty is a strong, visionary leader who created jobs and delivered the results New Mexican families needed as Mayor of Albuquerque,” said President Clinton. “In Congress, I know that Marty will take on our big challenges, stand up to special interests, and fight to create clean energy jobs in New Mexico because he's proven time and again that he can get the job done.”

“There are few words that can be used to describe how unbelievably humbled and honored I am to receive the support of not only a great President, but someone who has so significantly changed the world we live in for the better. I am incredibly energized by the President's endorsement and the momentum it provides my campaign,” said Chavez.

President Clinton continued, “Marty insisted on growing Albuquerque in a sustainable manner and expanded the opportunities for children to get a top-notch public education. Marty is nationally recognized for his strong leadership, including Albuquerque being named the 'Greenest City in America' and the “'Best City for Jobs or a Career.' I hope you will join me in strongly supporting Marty for Congress.”

February 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM in Bill Clinton, Candidates & Races, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (11)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Guest Blog: Some Politicians Talk About Supporting Equality: Marty gets it Done.

004Below is a guest blog from Jim Maddox a Albuquerque realtor. The photo to the right is Marty Chavez meeting with small business people, Jim Maddox is the man on the far right in the picture. 

How many times have we supported a candidate throughout their campaign, only to see little or no results once they are elected? Before we put our money where our mouth is, we must know we are electing a Congressman who will deliver on the issue that matters most: equality for all. That's why I'm supporting Marty Chavez and contributing to his campaign and it's why Marty has been endorsed by leading LGBTQ fundraising organization equalitygiving.org!

Marty is a three-time mayor of Albuquerque, and for the duration of his time in office, he always stood up for the LGBTQ community. He stuck his neck out for LGBTQ city workers years ago, before it was the political fad of the day to support the LGBTQ community. Marty Chavez doesn't just support us - he is a pioneer for gay rights in New Mexico, and he set the standard for the Democratic Party on LGBT issues in New Mexico. He signed the first Hate Crimes law in New Mexico to include sexual orientation. He signed the first executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. And he mandated domestic partner benefits for city employees. Some politicians talk about supporting equality: Marty gets it done.

That's what I want for New Mexico, and that's what I want for our country. When Marty is elected to the House of Representatives for the First Congressional District of New Mexico, it will mean we all have a Congressman to represent our interests and our fight for equality—nationwide. I want to elect a politician who has the strength and the character to stand up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals as Marty has done throughout his career—not when it was convenient, or stylish—but when it made a difference to us, and to our entire community.

Marty Chavez has always been the first to support us. Now it's time for us to stand up and support him. I hope you'll join me.

February 9, 2012 at 06:24 PM in Candidates & Races, GLBT Rights, Guest Blogger, Martin Chavez, NM Legislature 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

NM01: Chavez Leads the Field

MartinChavezThe following information was provided by the Marty Chavez for Congress Campaign.

In a filing with the FEC yesterday, former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez reported total receipts of $164,030.21 to his campaign for the period between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. For the second consecutive quarter, Marty's campaign reported more receipts than any other candidate in the race.

Continuing the trend set with his first report as a Congressional candidate, Marty received the overwhelming majority of his support from everyday New Mexicans, who accounted for over 85% of all contributions.

“I'm truly proud of the homegrown, grassroots support that my campaign is receiving as we attempt to bring leadership that gets results to Congress. This race is going to be decided on who has the best ideas about how we're going to recover our economy and get New Mexico working again. As I visit with Democrats around central New Mexico, it's very clear that my plan to create green jobs in New Mexico's clean energy economy is strongly resonating,” said Chavez.

Former New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid added, “Having campaigned for this seat myself, I know the challenges of running for Congress firsthand. I'm incredibly impressed by Marty's hard work reaching out and listening to New Mexicans about what they need from Washington. During tough times like these, we need leaders in Washington with proven records of accomplishment fighting on our behalf, who don't just talk about our problems, but know how to get things done."

BACKGROUND: Marty's campaign to bring leadership that gets results is supported by a growing list of labor, progressive, environmental and Democratic supporters from across New Mexico and around the country including IBEW Local 611, AFSCME Local 3022, the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico, environmental activist Robert Redford, women’s equality activist Lilly Ledbetter, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, Vice President Walter Mondale, Fmr. NM Attorney General Patricia Madrid, Ambassador Joe Wilson, Ambassador Ed Romero, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline and Madison, WI Mayor Paul Soglin, Carbon War Room CEO Jigar Shah, President of the Earth Day Network Kathleen Rogers, TED Conference founder Richard Saul Wurman, CEO of the Center for Climate Strategies Thomas Peterson and Fmr. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

For additional endorsements and supporters please visit www.martychavez.com/supporters.

February 1, 2012 at 03:08 PM in Candidates & Races, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Experts: Chavez Green Jobs Program Exactly What New Mexico Needs

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From the Marty Chavez for Congress Campaign.

On Monday, former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez held a press conference at Jefferson Green, New Mexico's first USGBC LEED Gold Certified building, to discuss his plan to stimulate job growth in New Mexico's clean energy economy.

The plan, titled “A Vision for A World Class Economy in New Mexico,” is a framework for creating jobs and strengthening the foundation of New Mexico's clean energy future based on encouraging innovation in new technologies and investing in public education and job training.

"New Mexico's future lies in leading the nation towards a 21st century clean energy economy. To reach these goals, we must focus on large-scale ingenuity and innovation,” said Chavez. “As your Representative, I will forge a strong bond between our Congressional delegation, state and local leaders, the national labs, educational systems, as well as business and labor interests to craft legislation that utilizes our natural and high-tech resources to promote sustainable, long term job creation in New Mexico’s clean energy economy.”

Marty's plan covers a wide array of initiatives that take advantage of central New Mexico's incredible resources that will serve as a launch pad for our new economy including technology transfer from the national labs for commercialization, integrating intellectual infrastructure into public schools, regulatory reform, streamlining of funding processes, engaging private investment, updating best practices of government and other public entities, expanding PACE programs, modernizing electrical production and distribution, green grid development, support for bio-fuel research, recognizing the importance of natural gas as a bridge fuel and perhaps most importantly, protecting and respecting the natural environment.

Marty was joined by a number of local innovators and job creators including Karen Cook, President of EECOM; Jack McGowan, owner of Energy Control; Former New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development Fred Mondragon; Mike Mattioli, co-founder of Consolidated Solar Technologies; and Jason Lott, Director of Leasing for Mesa del Sol.

"It’s exciting to see a candidate that has this vision for the future and recognizes how we can bring to bear all the resources that are available to pursue not just smart grid but also smart energy on a larger scale,” said Jack McGowan. “We’ve got some award winning projects here in New Mexico that have been done at the University and elsewhere, along with all the work underway out at Mesa del Sol that presents an even greater opportunity to take a smart grid and turn it into a job engine for our communities and for our state.”

Karen Cook, speaking about Marty's ability to get thing done said, “Words are easy to print, but it's very difficult to be effective in actually implementing strategies - and [Marty's] done that. When [Marty's proposals] come into effect, they will bring us a far better community in the future.”

Fred Mondragon talked about his time in the Chavez Mayoral administration, noting, “[Marty] understood what the issues were in terms not only of global warming, not only about jobs but also the importance of energy efficiency, in terms of national security, in terms of exports versus imports, in terms of job creation, and that’s where we were able to work together. Marty worked with Science and Tech Park at Sandia to create many, many jobs by bringing in, keeping and maintaining the first alternative energy companies in the country. And we were able to keep companies that transferred technology from Sandia National Laboratories, [such as] Emcore, and others. He really was part of the group that initially built the Science and Technology Park. And Emcore was one of the results of that with breakthrough technology that’s creating wonderful opportunities for jobs in New Mexico.”

“I truly believe that one of the unique things [about Marty as Mayor] was that [he] always had a fast forward future vision,” added Mattioli. “Whether it was looking at information technologies, as when we did the fiber optic all throughout Downtown Albuquerque, or now when we started to do solar projects, it’s that vision that we need inside of our communities, inside of our cities and inside of our state to continue to drive these things forward so that we have strength and continue to see a change from looking at fossil fuels.”

Lott, on behalf of Mesa del Sol, also spoke to Marty's time as Mayor. “I want to first talk about the vision under Mayor Marty Chavez. And his vision is actually taking place right now. [Mesa del Sol] is probably the only developer in the country who’s moving forward with the housing program with the size that we’re building at in Mesa del Sol. These will really be eco-friendly houses, with solar and water catching and all these things that the Mayor had the vision so many years ago to implement. But it’s also all about jobs. That’s where we come in. We’re actively out there, getting companies to move to New Mexico and take advantage of this great infrastructure we have. Sure the sunshine is great but without the proper legislation, the proper universities, the proper economic tools, it’s really just lines on paper. We have the infrastructure in place and it's being utilized. At Mesa del Sol alone we have over 2,000 people working out there today. Right now. These are real jobs and real salaries paid to New Mexicans. So we really feel that this next step that [Marty wants to] implement is the next step to create more jobs and we’re in support.”

In closing, Chavez added, “Throughout my career, when I set out to accomplish something on behalf of New Mexican families, I got the results they needed. I am the the only candidate in this race who has actually helped to create meaningful green jobs in this district. I worked tirelessly to bring innovative solar companies like Schott Solar to Albuquerque, expand Emcore and K-Tech's local operations and attract the film industry with Albuquerque Studios and am proud to have helped create the Sandia Science and Technology Park. Plainly, I am the best prepared candidate to lead in our clean energy economy.”

The full plan, “A Vision for A World Class Economy In New Mexico,” is available at www.martychavez.com/greenjobs.

February 1, 2012 at 05:09 AM in Building Code Energy Efficiency, Candidates & Races, Energy, Environment, Green Economy, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Marty Chavez Releases “Vision for A World Class Economy In New Mexico”

MartyOn Friday former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez released his plan to stimulate job growth in New Mexico's clean energy economy.

The plan, titled “A Vision for A World Class Economy in New Mexico,” is a framework for creating jobs and strengthening the foundation of New Mexico's clean energy future based on encouraging innovation in new technologies and investing in public education and job training.

New Mexico's future lies in leading the nation towards a 21st century clean energy economy. To reach these goals, we must focus on large-scale ingenuity and innovation,” said Chavez. “As your Representative, I will forge a strong bond between our Congressional delegation, state and local leaders, the national labs, educational systems, as well as business and labor interests to craft legislation that utilizes our natural and high-tech resources to promote sustainable, long term job creation in New Mexico’s clean energy economy.”

Marty's plan covers a wide array of initiatives that take advantage of central New Mexico's incredible resources that will serve as a launch pad for our new economy including technology transfer from the national labs for commercialization, integrating intellectual infrastructure into public schools, regulatory reform, streamlining of funding processes, engaging private investment, updating best practices of government and other public entities, expanding PACE programs, modernizing electrical production and distribution, green grid development, support for bio-fuel research, recognizing the importance of natural gas as a bridge fuel and perhaps most importantly, protecting and respecting the natural environment.

Former Secretary of Economic Development for the State of New Mexico Fred Mondragon praised the plan, noting, “This is exactly the type of comprehensive energy plan New Mexico needs to take advantage of our unique natural and scientific resources. These policies can have a fast and meaningful impact on job creation, energy conservation and renewable energy production in our state.”

Chavez added, “Throughout my career, when I set out to accomplish something on behalf of New Mexican families, I got the results they needed. I am the the only candidate in this race who has actually helped to create meaningful green jobs in this district. I worked tirelessly to bring innovative solar companies like Schott Solar to Albuquerque, expand Emcore and K-Tech's local operations and attract the film industry with Albuquerque Studios and am proud to have helped create the Sandia Science and Technology Park. Plainly, I am the best prepared candidate to lead in our clean energy economy.”

The full plan, “A Vision for A World Class Economy In New Mexico,” is attached and also available at  www.martychavez.com/greenjobs.

January 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Energy, Jobs, Martin Chavez, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012 | Permalink | Comments (1)