Nathan Small is running for House District 36 which covers neighborhoods in northern Las Cruces east and west of I-25, north along the Rio Grande and includes the communities of Rincon, Garfield, Salem, and parts of Hatch.
Serving two terms as a Las Cruces City Councilor, Small chaired the City of Las Cruces Economic Development Committee and is a past board chair for the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley. In 2011 he received the Excellence in Range Management Award from the Society of Range Management and in 2012 was named Citizen of the Year by the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Small is a third generation New Mexican, from a family of educators and ranchers. An avid sportsman and horseman, he was a strong advocate for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
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
- A group of conservative outliers tried to recall Small along with other progressive councilors in 2014 because he backed an increase in minimum wage. That group was backed by some of the same big PAC players working to oust Democrats around the 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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