Progressive Champion Ane Romero: State House – HD15

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Ane Romero is running for State Representative of house district 15 which covers much of Albuquerque’s North Valley  between Montano Rd and the Sandoval County line, and points east in the foothills along Paseo del Norte to Barstow St.

While still in college, Romero wrote NM Senate Joint Memorial 61, which became one of the state’s earliest pieces of mental health legislation to pass the New Mexico State Legislature. This led to a request from the New Mexico Department of Education to participate in helping to re-write the Benchmarks and Standards for New Mexico School’s K-12 health curriculum.

And she hasn’t stopped there. Ane’s extensive background and knowledge in policy led to her work in Washington, DC, where she oversaw the bi-partisan Congressional Mental Health Caucus and served as the Mental Health Legislative Advisor to U.S. Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano. She returned home to New Mexico where she worked for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich for nearly nine years.

Ane’s extensive experience in the field of mental health has been well recognized through groups like the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She remains committed to bringing her commitment and focus of mental health issues to bare when she’s elected to the house.

What is she up against?
Since taking over as the majority party in the State House in 2014, Republican leaders have raised more money from corporate and lobbyist interests than in any other time in New Mexico history.

A Republican Super-PAC- Advance NM NOW – is already running attack ads against Democratic candidates.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • This one Republican Super PAC reported $1.1 million in cash available to attack Democratic candidates for the 2016 elections – most of that money came from a handful of oil and gas companies and lobbyists, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
  • The man behind this PAC is Gov. Martinez’s campaign manager who was recently investigated by the FBI for using shell companies to hide his involvement in campaigns and fundraising for attack ads
  • In 2014, the same group mailed voters in Liz Thomson’s district attacking her for a vote she never took.  When the Albuquerque Journal caught their lie, they refused to apologize or correct the record with voters.

Why does this race matter to the rest of New Mexico?
This House seat has flipped between Democrat and Republican control three times in the last four election cycles.  The Republican incumbent in this seat is leaving his seat at the end of this term. That makes this a top target for the new corporate Republican leadership.

In 2014, a Republican-backed Super PAC sent negative ads attacking Liz for votes she never took.  Once news articles called them on their misleading ads, they refused to apologize.  That same group is back again with a target on this race.

Who else is supporting Ane?

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How can I help?

About 14,000 voters are expected to select this State House Representative. This race was decided by less than 2% in 2014 so turning out every single voter counts.

Progressive Champions PAC is mailing voters in this district our endorsement to help voters identify the progressive champion on their ballot.  Each mailer costs about $1 so your $100 donation puts our candidate’s progressive record in front of 100 voters before Election Day.

DONATE NOW to help this progressive champion.