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DNC New Mexico Superdelegates

Posted February 28, 2008 | 03:57 PM (EST)



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Martin (Marty) Chavez
Mayor, Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Basic Bio * Marty Chavez was born in Albuquerque in 1952. * He attended Manzano High School, University of New Mexico (BA, 1975), and Georgetown Law School (JD, 1978) * In 1985 he was appointed the founding Director of the New Mexico State Workers' Compensation Administration. * He has two children, Martinique and Zeke * He is Catholic.

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* As a Democrat, Chavez has served as Mayor of Albuquerque, 1993-1997 and 2001-present; he was a State Senator from 1989-1993.
* He is Vice-President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors.
* Nominated by Howard Dean and elected as an at-large delegate to the DNC. He is a member of the DNC.
* On December 7, 2007, he withdrew from the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Domenici
* He won the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1997, but was defeated by the Republican incumbent in the general election.
* He served as Vice-Chair of the 1996 Democratic National Convention, Chicago.

Personal Political Interests And Issues
* Chavez was formerly the Executive Director of the LULAC Scholarship Funds.
* He was a former member of the Public Safety Advisory Board and the Community Advisory Board.
* He has been active on environmental issues: he is founding member of Tree New Mexico, which has planted over one million trees across the state, promotes water conservation in Albuquerque, and speaks out for municipal environmentalism. Albuquerque was named "Greenest City in the Nation" by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June 2007.
* He recieved the Milagra Award for advocacy for animals.
* He traveled to California to work with Cesar Chávez in the 1970s.

Involvement In 2008 Election - Campaign Appearances, Statements
* Chavez endorsed Hillary Clinton after Bill Richardson withdrew from the race.
* He introduced Bill Clinton at a rally for Hillary Clinton on January 31, 2008 and February 2, 2008.
* On seating the MI and FL delegates: "I think the Michigan delegates should not be seated but Florida should. Senator Obama was not on the ballot in Michigan. In Florida, both were on the ballot and did not campaign there. It was a level playing field."

Contributions To Candidates
* He contributed $2,300 to Bill Richardson.
* He states that he contribute $2,000 to Hillary Clinton from funds raised during his abortive U.S. Senate campaign.

Family's Involvement In Politics, The Democratic Party
* Marty Chavez's father, Lorenzo CHavez, was a New Mexico State Representative and practiced law in New Mexico for 55 years.

Previous Campaign Work
* Chavez supported Bill Clinton in 1992, 1996 campaigns.
* He was New Mexico state director for the 1984 Mondale-Ferraro Presidential campaign.

Connections To Politicians, Leaders On State Level
* Chavez worked for U.S. Senator Joseph Montoya during law school.


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Mary Gail Gwaltney

*Mary Gail Gwaltney has been active in New Mexico politics for most of her life.She has been involved in the New Mexico DNC, since 1988,or longer.
*In this year,she attended her first Democratic National Convention.Gwaltney is currently serving is her fourth term as the Democratic Party's National Committeewoman, for the state of New Mexico,and is on the national executive board of the DNC.
*Gwaltney has lived in Las Cruces,for forty-eight years. Her husband served ten years in the New Mexico State Senate.Her great-great-great grandfather, Wilson Lumpkin(1831-1835),was the first "Democratic" Governor of Georgia,and was both a US congressman,and senator.
*Gwaltney, has gone on record,in pledging her support for Hillary Clinton.About her,The Albuquerque Tribune wrote :"she couldn't conceive of a scenario in which she might pledge her vote to Obama.
*"I want to have a woman president of the United States, one that I can be proud of," she said. "I think Hillary Clinton's going to win."

http://www.nmdemocrats.org/ht/d/StaffLeaders/pid/360056

http://www.abqtrib.com/news/2008/feb/08/superdelegates-could-determine-democrat-nominee/
http://stephen.evilcoder.com/archives/2004/05/27/gop-census


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Fred Harris
Corrales, New Mexico


Basic Bio
* Former Senator from Oklahoma
* Born in Walters, Cotton County, Okla., November 13, 1930
* Attended the public schools
* Graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1952 and from the law school in 1954
* Admitted to the bar in 1954 and began to practice law in Lawton, Okla.
* Member, State senate 1956-1964
* Unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 1962
* Elected in a special election on November 3,1964, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert S. Kerr for the term ending January 3, 1967
* Reelected in 1966 and served from November 4, 1964, to January 2, 1973
* Was not a candidate for reelection in 1972
* Unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976
* Professor of political science, University of New Mexico
* Is a resident of Corrales, New Mexico
* Harris left elective politics for the academic world, joining the political science faculty at University of New Mexico in 1977
* Has had many books on political subjects published, including Potomac Fever (Norton, 1977, ISBN 0-393-05610-4) and Deadlock or Decision: The U.S. Senate and the Rise of National Politics (Oxford University, 1993, ISBN 0-19-508025-4).
* Also the author of three novels.
* Harris currently is professor emeritus of political science at the University of New Mexico, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.


Involvement in 2008 Election - Campaign Appearances, Statements
* Supports Barack Obama
* Member of Barack Obama's Leadership Committee

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Annadelle Sanchez
Vice Chair of Democratic Party
New Mexico

Basic Bio
* Has been involved in politics since she was "5 years old" when her father was a Precinct Chair.
* For 36 years she worked for National Education Association of New Mexico as the director of Political Affairs.
* First job was in the office of Governor Burroughs which she started just after graduating from high school. Continued working there summers and holidays through her college career at University of New Mexico (UNM).
* During her UNM years was Vice-Chair of the Young Democrats (a tradition her children continued when they went to UNM).
* Has been involved in all the Presidential campaigns and conventions since John F. Kennedy when she was a Kennedy Girl.
* In 1964 she went to the convention in Atlantic City, N.J. as a Johnson Girl.
* For 18 years Sanchez was the Regional Vice-Chair of the Democrat Party for the 3rd District and is now the State Vice-Chair.
* Sanchez of Espanola was re-elected as the vice-chair at-large, a position she has held since 2004. The state chair and vice chair at-large are required to be of the opposite gender, and are automatic delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which is scheduled to be held in Denver, Colorado in August of 2008.
* Lives in Espanola and is married to Max Sanchez, the former State Auditor, and is the mother of two children, a son Steven and a daughter Erica.
All information in this section comes from http://www.nmdemocrats.org

Political interests and issues
* Education

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Was the Vice Chair of Young Democrats while at University of New Mexico.
* Regional Vice-Chair of the Democrat Party for the 3rd District.
* State Vice Chair.
* Is a consultant for New Mexico's National Educators Association.
* Sanchez was a governor's appointee to the NMPSIA (New Mexico Public School Insurance Authority).
* Served on the state of New Mexico's Educational Retirement Board.

Pledged Status
* Sanchez has endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton.

Contributions to Candidates
* According to the Huffington Post Fundrace, she has donated $1800 to Bill Richardson's presidential campaign. http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com

Family Background Do they come from a political family?
* Father was Precinct Chair when she was a child and she began working in politics then.

Previous Campaign Work
* 1960 John F. Kennedy, Kennedy Girl.
* 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson, Johnson Girl.
* 1968 Hubert Humphrey
* 1972 George McGovern
* 1976 Jimmy Carter
* 1980 Jimmy Carter
* 1984 Walter Mondale
* 1988 Michael Dukakis
* 1992 Bill Clinton
* 1996 Bill Clinton
* 2000 Al Gore
* 2004 John Kerry
* 2008 Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Sanchez, political affairs consultant with the National Education Association of New Mexico.
* Has worked for Governor Burroughs.

All information in this profile comes from
http://www.zoominfo.com and http://www.nmdemocrats.org

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Christine Trujillo Committeeperson-at-large New Mexico

Basic Bio
* Trujillo's family were granted land in New Mexico in the late 17th century
* Was born 25 November, 1953, in Taos, one of 17 children of Pablo Trujillo and Susanna Floripa Trujillo de Gonzales.
* Father played guitar in Los Alegres de Taos, a group that played "la musica de los viejitos" (the music of the older people). He had an uncredited role in The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) in which movie Los Alegres played in the beanfield harvest scene.
* Has two daughters and a granddaughter.
* http://www.theglobalwhoswho.com/featuredmemberbio.asp?id=2307
* President, New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (48,000 members in 2007).
* President of New Mexico Federation of Educational Employees/American Federation of Teachers.
* Vice President - Parents Reaching Out for Children with Disabilities.
* De Colores Hispanic Culture Festival Vice President for Scholarships.
* MANA de Albuquerque Vice President; MANA's mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy.
* New Mexico Human Rights Coalition.
* Member - NARAL-NM.
* Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico in 1988.
* B.A. in Elementary Education with Bilingual Certification from New Mexico Highlands University.

All information in this section comes from http://www.nmdemocrats.org/ht/d/StaffLeaders/pid/360056.

Political interests and issues
* Trujillo has endorsed the Employee Free Choice Act, "a bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations (and) to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts". http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:SN01041
* Joined other Americans in supporting a popular grassroots movement in Oaxaca, Mexico and honoring the memory of an American journalist killed there in 2006 while filming a documentary on a teachers' strike.
http://www.bradwill.org/media/6b_Letter_In_Support_Of_The_People_Of_Oaxaca.pdf

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Member at large, DNC.
* Member, State Resolutions / Platform Committee, 2006 Democratic Party of New Mexico platform, "Building the Opportunity Society".

Pledged Status
* According to research done by the Albuquerque Tribune, Trujillo is for Hillary Clinton. http://www.abqtrib.com/news/2008/feb/08/superdelegates-could-determine-democrat-nominee/
* Was a pledged delegate to John Kerry in 2004.

Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Trujillo appeared with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson when he announced the creation of Mi Familia con Richardson, a "national grassroots Latino outreach program" committed to aiding the Governor's presidential campaign.

Contributions to Candidates
* Trujillo gave $220 to the presidential campaign of Governor Bill Richardson in 2007.

Family's Involvement in Politics, theDemocratic Party
* Husband Dale Petty is also employed in education in New Mexico. He and Trujillo are chair and vice-chair, respectively of Ward 26 Precinct 372 of the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County.

Previous Campaign Work
* Judge Linda Vanzi, 2nd Judicial District Court, endorser.
* Supporter of former New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid in her 2006 bid for the NM-01 House seat held by Heather Wilson.

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Steering Committee Member, Governor Richardson's "Governor's Progress Agenda".


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