City Council District 6 Candidate

Ceil Levatino 

 

 

 

 

Registered as a Republican 

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Facebook: No campaign page

Website: None

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

What they have to say about themselves: (From a Las Cruces Sun-News Article)

“District Six is the fastest growing district in the city and it is imperative that the person representing this area understands the importance of balancing residential and commercial growth,” Levatino said.

In a release announcing her reelection bid, Levatino noted accomplishments in her district, including the construction of the East Mesa Public Safety Complex, installation of red lights on Roadrunner Parkway as well as pedestrian improvements near Veterans Park, the opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Market and other street, traffic and safety improvements.

She also noted each of the city’s hospitals opened urgent care centers in the district, improving access to health care for the residents.

“Much has been accomplished but there is still more to do. I will continue working to see our downtown and historic district revitalized. Our area is perfectly suited to take advantage of New Mexico’s booming film and television production industry. A sound stage will expand our economic base and allow our talented and well-trained graduates to remain in and contribute to our community,” Levatino said.

Last year, Levatino ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate District 37 seat.

 

City Council District 6 Candidate

Yvonne Flores

 

 

 

 

Registered as a Democrat  

Endorsements by Community Organizations: 

  • Organizing in the Land of Enchantment- Las Cruces (OLE)- Las Cruces Members

Occupation: Attorney

Facebook: FloresDistrict6

Website: http://yvonneflores.org/

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

What they have to say about themselves:“I have been considering running for City Council for some time now.  After much deliberation, I have decided that it’s my time to step up to the plate and help assure a high quality of life for all residents in Las Cruces and give the residents of District 6 the representation that they deserve,” stated Flores.  Her reasons for running are numerous. “As I look at the city of Las Cruces,” she said, “I see a city with many opportunities and new policies on the horizon that are key to the future of our city, and I want to be part of that future.”

City Council District 5 Candidate

William Fuller 

 

 

 

 

Registered as a Republican 

Endorsements by community groups

  • None Found

Occupation: Stay-at-home-dad

Facebook: WilliamFullerForLasCrucesCityCouncilDistrict5

Website: None

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

What they have to say about themselves:

I am running for City Council District 5, I believe that the people of Las Cruces need a say in how the City is ran and A choice on the ballot. I am 49 y.o. and have three kids and The Husband of one wife. Two of my kids are Homeschooled. I am not a politician and I am not someone who has all the answers. I am not someone who “knows” how to be a politician nor am I someone who has a plan for all the issues facing our Great City. I am just a regular person who wants to help this community. I do not believe that any issue the city has will be solved by one person–it will take all the council and the community to solve the issues.

City Council District 5 Candidate

Steve Montanez 

 

 

 

 

Registered as a Republican 

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Facebook: SteveMontanezForCityCouncil

Website: None

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

What they have to say about themselves: Steve Montanez has announced he will challenge Gill Sorg for Las Cruces City Council in District 5. District 5 Is the northeast side of Las Cruces starting from Elks drive east to the porter and Holman area. Montanez is a 17 year Las Cruces resident was born and raised in Carlsbad NM and has been involved with different organizations and local government in Las Cruces over the last 5 years.
“ I’m ready to serve our city. I’m proud to live here and intend to make our district the number one responsibility if I’m elected. Our district is the fastest-growing parts of Las Cruces and is diverse with a great community of hardworking families, children, retirees, and many great community residents. In speaking with constituents of this district many of them feel they have been neglected for the past years and would like someone to represent them and address the concerns for their district. My Goal is to make sure District 5 gets the attention it deserves“

City Council District 5 Candidate

Gill Sorg 

 

 

 

 

Registered as a Democrat

Endorsements by Community Organizations

  • Organizing in the Land of Enchantment- Las Cruces (OLE)- Las Cruces Members

Endorsements by elected officials: 

  • Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Occupation: Current City Councilor District 5

Facebook: ReElectGillSorgForCityCouncil

Website: None

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

What they have to say about themselves:

“I am excited to announce my run for re-election to District 5. In my previous elections, the voters of District 5 made it clear that they wanted an end to the ‘develop at all costs’ philosophy that had burdened our district with unfinished subdivisions, incomplete roads and flooding. I have spent the past 7 years working to repair that damage, and rebuild our infrastructure.” stated Councilor Sorg.

“During my time in office, I am proud that the council has brought over 13 major different projects to correct those mistakes and greatly increase the value of the district. That includes 6 new parks and more in the near future. I want to continue to invest in our economy, infrastructure Community projects.”

 

City Council Candidate District 3

Bev Courtney 

 

 

 

 

Registered as a Republican 

Endorsements by community groups

  • Republican Women of Mesilla Valley

Occupation: Concealed Carry Firearm Instructor, Founder and President of American Gun Culture Club

Facebook: BevCourtneyDist3

Website: None

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

What they have to say about themselves: I am running for Las Cruces City Council District 3 as a pro-business and pro-family candidate and support the basic foundations of freedom.

 

City Council: District 3 Candidate

Gabe Vasquez 

 

 

 

 

Registered as a Democrat

Endorsements by Community Organizations: 

  • Organizing in the Land of Enchantment- Las Cruces (OLE)- Las Cruces Members

Endorsements by elected officials: 

  • US Senator Martin Heinrich
  • Javier Perea- Mayor of Sunland Park NM
  • NM Senator Bill Soules District 37
  • NM Representative Bill McCamley District 33
  • NM Representative Angelica Rubio District 35
  • NM Representative Nathan Small District 36
  • NM Representative Joanne Ferrary District 37
  • Las Cruces Public School Board Member Ray Jaramillo

Endorsements from former elected officials: 

  • State Representative Nate Cote District 53
  • State Senator Steve Fischmann District 37

Occupation: Southern New Mexico Coordinator for New Mexico Wildlife Federation

Facebook: GabeForLC3

Websitehttps://gabeforlc3.com/

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.

What they have to say about themselves: Longtime Las Cruces resident and New Mexico State University graduate Gabe Vasquez has announced his candidacy for Las Cruces City Council District 3.

Vasquez has a wide range of experience working in the private and public sectors in Las Cruces and has a long history of community service and volunteerism. His professional experience includes working as the business editor of the Las Cruces Bulletin, executive director of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces, as vice president of public relations for a local medical monitoring device company, and as an aide to U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Vasquez has also worked in Washington, D.C., as a communications director and public policy expert for a nonpartisan children’s advocacy organization.

 

 

Road rage. Disrespect for police. State Rep. John Zimmerman doesn’t have the tempermeant to lead.

Road Rage

Disrespect for law enforcement

State Representative John Zimmerman

Zimmerman chased down teenagers, forcing them off the road

zimmermanreport Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Report: D200906180

…then tried to go over deputies’ heads to get special help from the Sheriff.zimmermanreport2 Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Report: D200906180
Zimmerman even got in a shouting match with a neighbor’s landscaper – ignoring police officers who responded.zimmermanreport3 Dona Ana County Sheriff’s report
The record is clear.
Republican John Zimmerman doesn’t have the temperament to lead

 

TERRY MCMILLIAN: BULLY

Donald Trump has bullied his opponents, smeared those who have spoken out against him, mocked a disabled reporter, and bragged of sexually assaulting women.
And yet, unlike Republicans across America, State Representative Terry McMillan has refused to denounce Trump.

But it shouldn’t surprise us

After McMillan was sued for performing unnecessary surgery on a 13 year old girl, his lawyers bullied the victim — requested her diary and questioned her about her sexual history, even though the botched surgery was on her head.

[Munson, et al v. McMillan, et al, D-307-CV-201102726, Complaint]

[Munson, et al v. McMillan, et al, D-307-CV-201102726, Complaint]

RE: Push by McMillan to Compel Beth to Produce Her Private Diaries Dating as Far Back to January 2007 and to Examine Her Sexual Issues Despite Her Being a Virgin : On 10/20/14, Plaintiff filed a Plaintiff’s Motion for Protective Order of Her Private Diary seeking a Protective Order “to prohibit the disclosure of her private diary, which no other individual has ever seen, to protect Ms. Harty’s privacy and to prevent annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, and undue burden.” Beth had disclosed during her deposition that she read through an old school journal (not a private diary) to prepare for her deposition. Based upon that McMillan’s attorneys requested all of her personal writings including any diaries. Plaintiff offered to produce the school journal, which was contemporaneous to the medical malpractice.However, Beth also kept a separate private diary from June 2010 to March 2011 when she was 14-15 years old (Beth was now 20 years old). And “she has never shared its contents with anyone.” The personal diary was Beth’s “most private possession”. McMillan’s push for her private diary caused Beth to be “experiencing distress as result Defendant’s request for her private diary. The threat of having her private thoughts and feelings exposed has caused Plaintiff to suffer nightmares, and feel violated, nauseous and bullied.” By this time, Beth had already been deposed twice, done three nueropsychological evaluations, and provided McMillan access to her friends, family, therapists, counselors, medical doctors and medical records etc. And, “Defendant has questioned Plaintiff’s family and friends about her sexuality and lack of sexual interest.” The motion had an affidavit from Beth attached as Exhibit D, in which Beth detailed her stress from McMillan’s push to see her diary, “This is extremely invasive and just the idea makes me feel violated and nauseous. I have had nightmares about this. I was talking in my sleep loudly enough that my aunt could hear me in another room. That isn’t something I’ve done since I was four. This feels like I am being bullied.”

Meanwhile McMillan sought a protective order to limit the questions he would have to answer. Remind you of anyone?

RE: McMillan Hypocrisy in Seeking Her Personal Diary and Questioning Beth about Sexual History, McMillan Sought a Protective Order “to Prohibit Improper Discovery and Harassment of Defendant Terry H. McMillan, M.D” Regarding His Role as Legislator and Tort Reform Bill and Trying to Depose Him as an Individual and as the Representative of his Defunct Corporation also a Defendant in the Lawsuit.: McMillan sought a protective order on 4/14/14 regarding his testimony, Motion for Protective Order to Prohibit Improper Discovery and Harassment of Defendant Terry H. McMillan, M.D. In the motion, McMillan noted that at his initial deposition that Plaintiff’s counsel engaged in “ad hominem attacks on Dr. McMillan’s character and capacity as a state legislator and even denigrating legislation that he introduced.” Beth’s attorney, “nonetheless continued to question Dr. McMillan as to his role as a legislator, including his reasons for becoming involved in politics and the nature of tort reform legislation that Dr. McMillan sponsored in a recent legislative session.” And “took liberty to mischaracterize contents of a bills proposed by Dr. McMillan, accusing Dr. McMillan of fostering legislation that would be callous to expectant mothers and the elderly.”

In the end, the victim was paid $295,000.  

Source, NM Medical Board File

Source, NM Medical Board File

Terry McMillan the bully supports Donald Trump the bully.
Now, McMillan is being investigated by the State Attorney General for Medicaid fraud.

It’s disturbing, but not surprising.

State Representative Terry McMillan. The more we learn about him, the worse it gets.

Fracking in your backyard? Coming soon thanks to State Rep. John Zimmerman

It’s clear Republican State Representative John Zimmerman is not on our side.

 

Zimmerman gave mining companies a sweetheart deal that threatens our clean drinking water.

Zimmerman’s Bill Would Allow Mines To Stay On Standby “For Up To 100 Years And Reopen With No Public Notice.”  According to the Silver City Daily Press & Independent, “Mines could suspend operations but remain on standby for up to 100 years and reopen with no public notice under House Bill 625, sponsored by Rep. John Zimmerman, R-Las Cruces. […] But a provision that would remove a cap on the number of years a mine can remain on standby would be a big concern for Grant County and the Silver City area, which is near two open-pit copper mines that cover thousands of acres — some of the largest in the nation, Siwik said. Currently, a mine can remain on standby for five years at a time, up to 20 years. At the end of each five-year term, the company can request to extend the period. If a company wants to reopen a mine, the Mining and Minerals Division and the public must be notified, and a hearing must held to determine if any changes are needed to the original mine operation permit. Under HB 625, a mine could essentially remain on standby for at least 100 years. If at any time a mine’s operators wanted to reopen, they would need only alert the state in a letter. No public review of the request or the mine’s operating permit would be required under the bill.” [Silver City Daily Press & Independent, 3/13/15]

Zimmerman’s Bill Also Removed “A Provision Of The Mining Act” Requiring A “Company That Closes A Mine To Ensure That The Site Is Reclaimed” So That “It Never Presents A Threat To Groundwater.” According to the Silver City Daily Press & Independent, “Siwik said the bill also removes a provision of the Mining Act that requires a company that closes a mine to ensure that the site is reclaimed in such a way that it never presents a threat to groundwater and meets environmental standards. If an older open-pit mine, like Freeport McMoRan’s copper mine near Silver City, closed now, it would have to continually pump out water collecting in the pits and treat it to prevent contamination from seeping into groundwater as part of its reclamation. The act encourages new mines to be designed in such a way that they won’t require continual care after they are closed.” [Silver City Daily Press & Independent, 3/13/15]

He took $17,000 from oil and gas companies and voted to take away local government’s ability to stop them from fracking where ever they want.

No one thought we needed local laws to stop fracking in our neighborhoods until it happened to residents of Rio Rancho last year.

OKLAHOMA COMPANY PROPOSES TO EXPLORE FOR OIL NEAR RIO RANCHO …

Nov 12, 2015 – One of the nation’s largest oil producers has set its eyes on Sandoval County, with an application for exploratory drilling scheduled to be heard …

Zimmerman Took $17,700 In Contributions From Oil & Gas Interests. According to the New Mexico Secretary of State, John Zimmerman took $17,700 in contributions from oil & gas interests. [New Mexico Secretary of State, accessed 9/27/16]

Zimmerman Supported “An Oil And Gas State Preemption Bill – Which Would Give The State The Authority To Allow Oil And Gas Drilling Anywhere, Even When A Municipal Or County Ordinance Prohibits It.” According to the Silver City Daily Press & Independent, “While he too voted in favor of industrial hemp farming, that was the sole issue where Republican Rep. John Zimmerman agreed with CVNM, earning the freshman representative a score of only 8 percent “pro-conservation.” The key issues on which CVNM and Zimmerman disagreed were an oil and gas state preemption bill — which would give the state the authority to allow oil and gas drilling anywhere, even when a municipal or county ordinance prohibits it; a bill to allow the privatization of several government agencies; and a move to reduce renewable portfolio standards, removing incentives for companies to move toward renewable energy. [Silver City Daily Press & Independent, 10/23/15]

HB 366 “Would Have Invalidated Any County And Municipality Ordinance Relating To Oil And Gas Law, Including Zoning Ordinances – Removing The Critical Flexibility That Communities Need To Protect The Public Interest On A Local Scale.” According to Conservation New Mexico, “Counties and municipalities have the power to adopt local ordinances that best suit community needs and interests. To date, some communities have passed ordinances restricting certain aspects of oil and gas production in response to concerns of water contamination and health risks. HB 366 would have invalidated any county and municipality ordinance relating to oil and gas law, including zoning ordinances–removing the critical flexibility that communities need to protect the public interest on a local scale.” [Conservation New Mexico, accessed 6/28/16], Zimmerman voted YES.

HB 366 Would “Limit Local Control And Gives The State Oil Conservation Division And Oil Conservation Commission Exclusive Authority To Regulate Oil And Gas Extraction.” According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “On a 37-28 vote, the House passed an amended version of House Bill 366, which limits local control and gives the state Oil Conservation Division and Oil Conservation Commission exclusive authority to regulate oil and gas extraction, well siting and processing except on tribal lands.” [Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/10/15]

Republican State Representative John Zimmerman is great at looking out for his corporate pals, too bad his job is to look out for us.

 

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