Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-NM, kicked off her reelection campaign in Taos on Friday (June 4), and promised to deliver on her party’s economic, environmental, education and public health agenda.
“We’ll never stop fighting for the people who elected us,” said Lujan Grisham.
“We are incredibly proud of every single accomplishment,” she said. “We put more resources in education — cradle to career — than any other time in the history of this state. Delivering on every commitment, from home visiting, prenatal care, to making sure that we’ve got additional subsidized childcare.”
More than 150 supporters gathered at the John Dunn Shops to hear her speak, along with fellow Democrats Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, State Sen. Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales and State Rep. Kristina Ortez.
“And I believe New Mexico could be the first state in the country to have universal childcare,” said Lujan Grisham.
“Record infrastructure investments — more than $20 million right here, right now. And we aren’t done,” she said. “We have record savings. We put in more than a billion dollars to support families to keep them from being evicted, to shore up local businesses.”
“We put $7 million into restaurants and hospitality, and more is coming. We did our stimulus check. We’re the only state that made a direct investment on top of the federal investment,” said Lujan Grisham.
The early morning campaign event was organized by the Taos County Democratic Party, lead by Darien Fernandez.
“Yesterday in Albuquerque, it was spirited,” said Lt. Gov. Morales. “There was a lot of energy. There was a lot of communication that took place — some of it not all that great. Nonetheless, this shows just how much energy it’s going to take going into this next election cycle.”
Unlike the reelection kickoff event held in Albuquerque on Thursday (June 3), the crowd in Taos was there in support of the governor.
“We need a governor that’s going to be able to work with the President of the United States and the administration at this critical time,” said Morales. “And that governor we need is the governor we have.”
Lujan Grisham defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce with 56.9% of the vote in 2018. Prior to being elected governor, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives and as the New Mexico Secretary of Health.
The governor and her administration took pride in their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. “Guess who is looking to New Mexico’s leadership?” asked Lujan Grisham. “New Zealand. New Zealand has just adopted our public health vaccine registry.”
“We are leading. We are leading. We are leading,” she said, also touting her record on environmental regulations, taxes and investments in education.
“Recreational cannabis. That was a tricky issue,” she said. “But it’s time. It’s 11,000 jobs. $50 million. And if you think we did a good job in that pandemic, wait till you see the guardrails, the public safety, the education, the jobs, the support that we will put behind making it the best recreational cannabis program in the country.”
Asked if he would support Lujan Grisham’s reelection, Steven Anderson of Arroyo Hondo said, “I think she’s taking the state in the correct direction. She also showed tremendous leadership during the COVID crisis. And I just like her politics, and frankly, I like her moxie.”
“She does what she says, and she’s spending money in Taos — on our roads,” said Judy Cockburn, a Taos resident. “What I would like her to do is promote education for plumbing and construction and electric.”
“This is a close-knit community who is always clear about what’s at stake,” said Lujan Grisham. “I am committed to keep doing the hard work. Imagine what we can do if you help me get reelected.”