Did you know we are less than four months away from the General Election on November 6?
Elections are a critical part of our strategy to make New Mexico a place where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Therefore, the more honorable men and women we recruit, train, and elect to public office, the more effective we can be in our efforts to turn this state around.
Every year, we experience the consequences of elections, particularly during the annual Legislative Session. Consider this, for example—in 2015, under the leadership of a pro-life majority, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed parental notification for minors seeking abortions and a late-term abortion ban. Just two years later, Democrats regained control of the House and under their pro-abortion leadership, it has been impossible to get these bills out of their first committee. Most recently, during the 2018 Legislative Session, the parental notification bill was tabled in its first committee by Representatives Eliseo Alcon (D-Cibola & McKinley), Patricia Roybal-Caballero (D-Bernalillo), and Deborah Armstrong (D-Bernalillo).
How do we go from passing legislation out of the House one year, to having three pro-abortion Representatives kill the bill in its first committee three years later? The answer is ELECTIONS, and that is why Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico is engaging in THIS ELECTION!
Over the past few months, our team has been working to identify incumbents and new candidates deserving of our endorsement, and we plan to make those endorsements public in the coming weeks.
In the House of Representatives, endorsements will be based on (1) voting record, (2) sponsored legislation, (3) publicly stated positions regarding life, family, and religious freedom, (4) participation in the Family Policy Foundation Statesmen Academy and/or active participation in the Legislative Prayer Caucus, and (5) my personal knowledge of the candidate’s character based on my many years of work at the Legislature.
In other races, including the race for Governor, our endorsements will be based on (1) voting record, (2) sponsored legislation, (3) publicly stated positions regarding life, family, and religious freedom, and (4) again, my personal knowledge of the candidate’s character based on my experience at the statehouse.
Candidates who have met these standards, including some new candidates without a voting record whom we believed should be considered, have received our Candidate Survey. The survey is a questionnaire that covers specific issues we will likely face in the near future, including abortion, assisted suicide, parental rights, student privacy, marijuana, and more. After reviewing the returned surveys, we will conduct background research, interviews, and consult with mission-aligned organizations to make final determinations. Candidates who do not return our survey will not be eligible for an endorsement.
Please note: We did not consider every race and we will not be endorsing candidates in all races. Therefore, the lack of an endorsement does not necessarily mean that a candidate does not share our values.
We take political endorsements very seriously and our goal is to build an organization you can trust. That said, please keep us in your prayers this week as we make these decisions, and keep your eyes peeled for this announcement and other election-related activity.
President and Executive Director