Joanne Ferrary is running for House District 37, which includes the High Range and Sonoma Ranch neighborhoods east of I-25 in Las Cruces, as well as parts of Telshor Heights and areas along Triviz Drive between Spruce Ave. and Idaho Ave.
Joanne is a long time resident of New Mexico, growing up in Albuquerque but attending school at both UNM and NMSU where she received her undergraduate and MBA from while raising two kids as a single mom. Her passion for traffic safety issues led her to work for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and today, as a result of Joanne’s and others efforts, less than half as many people die in DWI crashes as they did 20 years ago.
In 1999, Joanne moved back to Las Cruces and has continued to make an impact in her local community through volunteer work with both Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Mesilla Valley DWI Resource Center. She and her husband Rich also work with Make A Wish Foundation and enjoy meeting young families throughout Southern New Mexico, who have children with life threatening illnesses, and facilitate a wish that will bring them strength, joy and happiness.
She is immediate past co-chair for the Coalition for Pets and People (to reduce the need for euthanizing thousands of dogs and cats a year) and presently serves as a Commissioner for the Las Cruces Planning and Zoning Commission (which reviews planning, zoning and variance issues throughout the City).
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 2012 Joanne lost her bid for House District 37 by just 8 votes. This is her third time running and the big money funders from out-of-state know that this is probably THE toughest race in the whole state.
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.
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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.
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