Progressive Champion Raúl Torrez: Bernalillo County District Attorney

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Raul Torrez is running for District Attorney for Bernalillo County. The DA is the top law enforcement official within a county and is charged with representing the people of their county in legal matters. And Raul Torrez brings years of experience to do just that.

Torrez was appointed to serve as a White House Fellow and Special Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General by President Obama in 2009. There he worked to represent the DOJ in reducing violence along the border associated with drug cartels and reducing crime within Native American Reservations.

He’s also worked as an Assistant US Attorney, Assistant Attorney General, and Assistant District Attorney. In those roles he worked to put child predators and career criminals behind bars and fought for families who were seeking justice for their loved ones.

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Torrez brings years of experience in many different legal fields to best represent the people of Bernalillo County as District Attorney.

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 Raúl?

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Who is donating to his campaign?

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.