Daymon Ely is running for the New Mexico House in district 23 where he’s lived for over 30 years. District 23 runs along the west side of the Rio Grande north from Montano almost to Bernalillo, covering Corrales and eastern parts of Rio Rancho.
Ely has worked as an attorney to ensure those in the most vulnerable positions still have a voice and can find justice. He’s worked to protect patients’ rights at the hospital in Las Vegas NM, workers’ rights in private industries, and victims’ rights in sexual abuse class action cases.
He’s got the experience needed to take charge in the house having been a county commissioner in Sandoval County where he helped straighten out the county’s finances, developed a successful recycling program, secured much needed resources for the fire department, expanded transportation services to those most in need.
What is he 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 Daymon?
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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.
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