AFT New Mexico’s Gubernatorial Tele-Town Hall

On January 31, AFT New Mexico held a Gubernatorial Tele-Town Hall that featured all five Candidates seeking office: Jeff Apodaca (D), Joe Cervantes (D), Peter DeBenedittis (D), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) and Steve Pearce (R).

Before the town hall, AFT New Mexico members had the opportunity to submit their questions via a web form. With hundreds of educators on the call, candidates spent over an hour and a half answering your questions about public education and labor-specific issues, including their visions for K-12 public education, higher education, and stances on right-to-work.

After the call, members had the opportunity to leave a voicemail with their impressions of the candidates and fill out a form online. This feedback will be given to the AFT New Mexico COPE committee for their consideration during their Gubernatorial endorsement process.

We are all excited that there is less than a year until a new Governor is in the Roundhouse. We look forward to finally moving our classrooms and our profession forward without the resistance we’ve been experiencing over the last eight years.

Thanks to all of our members who participated in the call. Look out for AFT New Mexico’s Gubernatorial endorsement after the Legislative Session ends!