The democratic process was in full force Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6 as 300 people in-person and 600 on Zoom watched, listened, and cheered as candidates presented themselves and their platforms. Santa Fe County was well represented by 12 delegates. It was an exhilarating show of support for a process that has been the backbone of our country’s electoral system since our country was founded.
To help kick things off on Friday, candidates and delegates mingled at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. The meet and greet against the backdrop of truly outstanding art was a great way for delegates and candidates to share a moment of relaxed conversation.
On Saturday at 12 pm, the convention began. Three hours later, delegates heard from all the candidates from Governor and other statewide uncontested slates to federal, judicial, and the statewide contested races. It was an impressive showing of support for all candidates with lots of rousing speechifying.
The takeaway from this pre-primary event can be seen on the sleeve of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s bomber jacket and in her remarks. Her bomber jacket sleeve had the words, “Warrior” written on it. And in her own words, she asked us to “…bring your badass selves to the 2022 midterms. We will not go backward”.