From the County Chair – Looking ahead to a productive 2023

by | Jan 4, 2023 | Message from the Chair

By Alex Piland, Chair, DPSC

Welcome to 2023, Democrats!

Martin Luther King Day on January 16 is fast approaching! There are two very important things about this special day in 2023.

First, there is the annual luncheon. I encourage everyone to please purchase a ticket and attend the lunch. Dr. Roger Jackson, Jr. is the featured speaker. He will discuss how the legacy of Reverend Dr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. applies to our country today and how to protect our freedoms.

During the Obama Administration, Martin Luther King Day became a day of service. Our service project this year is to help infants at our southern border at the Annunciation House in El Paso. We will be collecting formula and diapers on January 16 from 2-5 pm. at our headquarters at 661 Quantum Road, Rio Rancho.

We are asking for donations of diapers sizes 3 through 6, baby wipes, plastic baby bottles, and baby formula. Of course, you can drop these items off at any time we are open. Our office hours are currently from 11:00 am-1:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

First Friday and Second Saturday are back. We have NM Representative-elect Kathleen Cates as our featured speaker for First Friday. She will be discussing her preparation for the upcoming legislative session.

Second Saturday will feature NM Senator Brenda McKenna.

Sen. McKenna will let us know about her priorities for the upcoming session. Both legislators will provide information and focus for the upcoming session!

NEWS FLASH – On Saturday, January 28, we will meet for coffee and to socialize at our head- quarters located at 661 Quantum Road, NE, Rio Rancho. The purpose of this gathering is purely social with no agenda. Coffee and tea are available for about $5 a cup at Oval Dogs Coffee at the same address.

Come out and chat with other Democrats. Bring a friend or two!

Strategic Planning. We will begin our strategic planning in January. We will develop a new process since it has never been done before in our county. Our planning will be driven by our yet-to-be developed five-year vision statement. We will then create goals to support that vision.

Key goals will address fundraising and being prepared for the next election cycle. We will then identify related projects like our Keep Sandoval Blue Fundraiser and setting a calendar for the election cycle. I anticipate that we will need to have several work sessions to complete this task.

We continue to suffer a lack of volunteers, so we will have to prioritize . . . unless we get more people volunteer to be precinct and ward chairs.

Lessons Learned. Our Communications Committee is planning our usual qualitative after-action analysis known as Lessons Learned. We have completed Lessons Learned projects for the past two years on all elections. We store this and other information on a password protected portion of our website and make it available to candidates and others who can benefit from the information.

Data Analysis. Greg Bennett and I have also worked on determining what data we would like from our amazing Data Committee. This information will help us make those all- important data-driven decisions. This quantitative data will help us fill in the gaps and focus our efforts more efficiently. Let’s hear it for informed decisions!

Finally, I want to thank you for continuing your monthly donations to our party.

Because of you we were able to help all our candidates, maintain our office, purchase digital ads, print postcards and voter guides, and text thousands of people! We are continuing the work, so we are counting on your continued support!

2023 is going to be a very productive year!

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