Natalie Figueroa isn’t just a great teacher. She’s also a mentor to new teachers, helping to train the next generation of teachers for our schools.
It’s that kind of excellent classroom experience we need in the state legislature to push back on Hanna Skandera’s agenda pushing more testing and less personalized teaching on our students.
Her opponent is the new Republican majority leader who earned the distinction of being the only legislator in recent memory to serve on criminal probation as a legislator and, now, he’s also New Mexico’s most corporate legislator – taking more than $170,000 in corporate donations to his campaign since becoming Republican leader.
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 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?
The incumbent in this seat is also the Republican majority leader and chief sponsor of some of the legislature’s bills to put more people in prison – a top priority of the private prison industry which has given more than $50,000 to help the incumbent and Republican leadership groups attack Democrats pushing for education, intervention and community policing over prison.
Who else is supporting Liz?
Who is donating to her campaign?
How can I help?
About 14,000 voters are expected to select this State House Representative. This race is always tight but this year it could flip!
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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