BILL TALLMAN is a Democratic candidate for State Senate District 18 in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights.
A former city manager and active volunteer for candidates and elections, Bill knows not only how to make government work but also knows this Northeast Heights district.
Serving in the legislature is about serving others and no one knows public service better than Bill. An active member of the Board of the Roadrunner Food Bank, he helps to oversee and raise funds to feed more than 70,000 hungry New Mexico families a week.
He has also served on regional transit boards, recycling program boards and as a mediator for the Metropolitan Court.
What is he up against?
Bill’s opponent is an incumbent Republican who recently came under fire for her role trying to help a sex offender potentially hide evidence from police.
According to a motion filed on Friday, the Attorney General’s Office is trying to remove a State Senator as defense counsel after an alleged conflict of interest.
Attorney and State Senator Lisa Torraco is accused of advising a defendant to destroy evidence of child solicitation.
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. The incumbent Republican has helped to push some of these bills and a pickup here would help Democrats defend against those attacks.
To help Republicans build their lead, Governor Martinez appointed a Republican to take over a strong Democratic seat covering Santa Fe County and the East Mountains.
Now pro-governor Super PACs are promising to spend millions on negative ads to keep Democratic voters home so they can win 3 more Republican seats.
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?
If Republicans win control of the State Senate and keep control of the State House, New Mexico will be one of the few states in the country where Republicans can run their anti-people agenda unchecked.
Who else is supporting Bill?
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How can I help?
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