UPDATE 6/6/12: FULL (UNOFFICIAL) PRIMARY RESULTS HERE.
NM Film Workers Union Reaction:
Dodging A Bullet
There were mixed results for progressives last night, but film really dodged a bullet with our #1 “protect” Senator Phil Griego and the surprising but welcome defeat of Rep. Kintigh in Roswell. While we at 480 are not going to take all the credit for this I would say that not only were we one of the biggest contributors in both races we went above and beyond even suspending operations yesterday to work on GOTV for Senator Griego. Some extreme pro film candidates were defeated (Mayor Coss, Rep. Eleanor Chavez) and we will miss them but we have replaced them with Christine Trujillo in the House and Joseph Candelaria in the Senate. We also are happy to see our friends Sheryl Williams Stapleton back and Andrew Barerras win a hard fought primary in Valencia County – we will have to be there to help him win the general election too. Again Local 480’s PAC donated substantial amounts to each of these candidates and worked on their behalf.
While we cannot overemphasize the huge loss we took with the retirement of Speaker Lujan I think last night can be characterized as a wash and these days that is not bad for us. Now we have the general election coming up and we need to try to win seats there for our solid allied like John Sapien who is in a tough race on the west side and Michael Sanchez who will no doubt be targeted by the Governor in Valencia County. We also can use this as an opportunity to educate new candidates as to the value of film. We will be looking at the elections and coming up with a plan of attack. Some of the material we developed over the last few years documentaries and pieces like “made in New Mexico” will be very useful to help us work with these new faces.
Thank you to those of you who voted and to those who didn’t shame on you. Last night was the opening salvo in what will be a battle to November, let’s get to work.
-The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, New Mexico Local 480
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From The IATSE Local 480 Political Action Committee:
Tomorrow could be one of the most important days in the history of New Mexico’s film business if things don’t go well for us.
It looks like several pro film candidates are in trouble in the primary. This coupled with the retirement of Speaker Lujan and two of the four pro-film Senators puts us in a precarious position. Frankly we had 2 back stops, Speaker Lujan and Senate Corporations Committee Chairman Phil Griego.
Senator Griego has been targeted by conservation groups and one of my fellow unions and is in danger of losing his seat if we don’t get out and vote. Mayor Coss here in Santa Fe is in a tight race for Speaker Lujan’s seat and we need to make sure we get out the vote for him as well. Eleanor Chavez running for Senate and Sheryl Williams Stapleton are both in the fight of their lives yet they were there for us in the Labor Committee taking on Rep. Kintigh.
We need a motivated film community here using social media we know so well to urge our friends, family, and supporters to take this election seriously and get out there and vote. Many of these races will be very tight. Below is the list of candidates that IATSE Local 480 has endorsed.
The IATSE Local 480 Political Action Committee has endorsed the following candidates:
New Mexico House of Representatives
Andrew Barreras House District 7 (Valencia) √
Miguel P. Garcia House District 14 (Bernalillo) √
Antonio Maestas House District 16 (Bernalillo) √
Sheryl Williams-Stapleton House District 19 (Bernalillo) √
Christine Trujillo House District 25 (Bernalillo) √
David Coss House District 46 (Santa Fe) -
Brian Egolf House District 47 (Santa Fe) √
Bob Wooley House District 66 (Chaves/Lea/Roosevelt) √
New Mexico Senate
Richard Martinez Senate District 5 (Los Alamos/Rio Arriba/Sandoval/Santa Fe) √
Eleanor Chavez Senate District 14 (Bernalillo) -
Larry P. Martinez Senate District 35 (Dona Ana/Hidalgo/Luna/Sierra) -
Phil A. Griego Senate District 39 (Bernalillo/Lincoln/San Miguel/Santa Fe/Torrance/
Maggie Hart Stebbins Bernalillo County Commission District 3 √
Kathy Holian Santa Fe County Commission District 3 √
Virginia Vigil Public Regulation Commission District 3 -
Briana Zamora 2nd Judicial District Court √
M. Monica Zamora New Mexico Court of Appeals √
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