Vote Our Values: ATF Unified COPE 2020 Primary Elections Endorsements

If nothing else, this pandemic has brought the shared value of a greater good front and center, as we are reminded daily that we are “all in this together.”

As we have reflected on the last two months, we are grateful that we’ve worked hard to get strong political leaders elected in our state and local governments. These leaders are proving to us that they have the greater good in mind with every decision they make. Currently, we have a governor who has continued to fund our schools and has made sure that all public education employees maintain an income. We have elected state legislators who continue to investigate ways to support our communities, as the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been.

It is now time to vote in the Primary Election and it is critical that we continue to support and vote for leaders who share our values. We all value a better life and a better future for all of us—namely:

  • Good jobs;
  • Quality, affordable healthcare;
  • A secure retirement;
  • Affordable college;
  • Great public schools;
  • Collective bargaining; and
  • A healthy democracy with justice for all.

When we vote, our shared values have a good chance of becoming future realities. That future is more at risk now than ever. We must elect leaders who will stand by us and our families, as well as by our students and their families because the fight forward requires strong leadership.

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2020 ATF/AFT New Mexico/AFT COPE Endorsements

Your union does not tell you how to vote. However, you can be sure that we have carefully vetted each candidate to ensure that our recommendations reflect individuals who most closely align with our goals of preserving and promoting public education and labor rights. The endorsed incumbent candidates were recommended by the ATF Unified COPE committee based on their previous voting record. All new candidates have completed the ATF Unified COPE Questionnaire and have submitted to an interview with the ATF Unified COPE Interview Team. The endorsements were ratified by the ATF Fed Rep Council on April 20, 2020. All statewide endorsements and endorsements for candidates outside of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County were vetted by the AFT-NM COPE Committee. National endorsements are made by the American Federation of Teachers.

Thank you to the Unified COPE Interview Team: Sara Attleson, ATF COPE Chair, Kathy Chavez – AFCP President, Therese Saunders – AFTNM Retirees, James Macklin – Fine Arts, Chelsea O’Connell – John Baker Elementary, and Jorge Serrano – West Mesa High.

Important Dates

  • May 5th: Last Day To Register or Change Registration for the Primary/ County Clerks Begin Mailing Out Absentee Ballot Applications
  • May 16th- May 30th: Early Voting
  • May 28th: Last Day To Request An Absentee Ballot
  • All absentee ballots may be returned by mail (with postage already paid for by the state) to your County Clerk’s Office, or in-person at an alternative voting location, mobile alternative voting location, or any Election Day polling location no later than 7pm on June 2, 2020.
  • June 2nd: Primary Election Day 
  • NOTE: All county clerks in New Mexico will provide early in-person voting on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Because of the nature of postal delivery, the Secretary of State encourages any voter considering making an absentee ballot request on Thursday,   May 28, 2020, to consider voting in-person during early voting hours on Saturday, May 30, 2020, or to vote in-person on Election Day, Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Stay tuned for early voting information. Meanwhile… Sign Up for an Absentee Ballot here.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has denied a request for an all-mail election for our state primary on June 2. There is no way to know what our quarantine status will be in early June. Protect yourself and your vote, sign up for an absentee ballot today.

The following national candidates are endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers:

U.S. President

Joe Biden

U.S. Senate:

Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Senate

U.S. Congress:

Debra Haaland, U.S. House of Representatives, District 1

Xochitl Torres Small, U.S. House of Representatives, District 2

No Endorsement Until After the Primary, U.S. House of Representatives, District 3

The following candidates are endorsed by the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico:

NM Judicial Races:

Supreme Court, Position 1: Shannon Bacon
Supreme Court, Position 2: David Thomson
Court of Appeals, Position 1: Zach Ives
Court of Appeals, Position 2: Shammara Henderson

New Mexico State Senate (SD= Senate District):

SD 9 Benjamin Rodefer

SD10 Katy Duhigg

SD14 Michael Padilla

SD15 Daniel Ivey-Soto*

SD16 Antoinette Sedillo Lopez

SD17 Mimi Stewart*

SD18 William “Bill” Tallman

SD 19 Claudia Risner

SD20 Martin Hickey / Rebecca Stair dual endorse

SD23 Harold Pope

SD29 Paul Baca

New Mexico State House of Representatives (HD= House District):

HD10 Andres Romero *

HD13 Patricia Roybal Caballero

HD14 Miguel Garcia*

HD15 Dayan “Day” Hochman

HD17 Deborah Armstrong

HD18 Gail Chasey

HD19 Sheryl Williams Stapleton*

HD20 Meredith Dixon

HD21 Debbie Sariñana*

HD22 Jessica Velasquez

HD24 Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson *

HD25 Christine Trujillo*

HD26 Georgene Louis

HD27 Marian Matthews

HD28 Melanie Stansbury

HD29 Joy Garratt*

HD30 Natalie Figueroa*

HD31 Julie Ford Brenning

HD 44: Gary Tripp

HD 50 Matthew McQueen

HD 57: Billie Helean^

HD68 Karen Bash

HD 69: Harry Garcia

HD 70: Anita Gonzales^

* Denotes a current, retired or former member of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation

^ Denotes a current, retired or former member of the AFT-NM

Join the ATF Committee On Political Education (COPE) or increase your dues here!

 Please sign up to virtual phonebank with your COPE Committee.