A retired teacher, “Bill” Soules was born and raised in Las Cruces . He’s currently serving Senate District 37 which covers most of the East Mesa in Las Cruces from Talavera all the way to the Sierra County line.
Soules has a PhD in Education and Psychology from New Mexico State University and has worked hard for New Mexico students as a teacher and principal, academic advisor and even college professor. He’s seen first hand what teachers and administrators face everyday in classrooms and put that knowledge to good use by sponsoring legislation in Santa Fe to increase funding to schools, making student assessments more fair, and bringing awareness to nutritional health in schools and student athlete safety issues.
Soules is also a champion of our public lands! He’s sponsored and helped work on legislation that would keep our public lands open for multi use programs and out of the hands of private industry. He serves as the vice-chair of the Senate Education Committee and sits on the Conservation Committee as well.
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.
Only a slim Democratic majority in the State Senate have kept some of the more extreme proposals from the Republican agenda from reaching Governor Martinez’s desk.
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
- Soules opponent is conservative city counselor Ceil Levatino, who won in the traditionally democratic seat in a competitive three way race. Since she’s been in office she’s voted against a common sense gun control resolution and has been the dissenting vote on other progressive measures the city has voted on.
- Legation’s husband is a nationally known spokesperson for a number of anti-choice organizations. He has testified a number of times in the Roundhouse against women having a right to abortion and other healthcare options.
Why does this race matter to the rest of New Mexico?
The Democratic control of the state senate has been the only line holding back a tidal wave of regressive bills from becoming law under the Republican control of the House and Martinez in the Governor’s chair. We need to keep this important seat in the majority and continue to have champions like Bill Soules working for New Mexico families at the Roundhouse.
Who else is supporting William?
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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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