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Bregman Dem chairmanship would bring more aggressive party

Attorney Sam Bregman said he is crisscrossing the state looking for support for his candidacy to be the next chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

The Albuquerque resident will face Roxanne Lara next April to decide who will chair the party.

Bregman says that the campaign is going “fantastic.”

“I’ve got 100 percent of the union endorsements and I’m very proud of that because I believe in organized labor and I endorse them at every opportunity that I can,” Bregman said when asked about his support. “I’ve gotten more than 15 of the county chairs of the county parties endorsing me. I have a tremendous amount of legislators that have endorsed me.”

On a near-daily basis, Bregman’s party sends out press release announcing new endorsements from Democratic elected officials. Today, it was Sen. Bill Soules, D-Las Cruces. Yesterday, it was Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose.

“We’re really unifying the party,” Bregman said in a short phone interview with New Mexico Telegram. “People within all different walks in the Democratic party are coming together.”

He promised that the party would be more aggressive under his chairmanship.

This includes the upcoming Albuquerque mayoral race.

“There is a strong likelihood that the Democratic Party will be running TV commercials in the race,” Bregman said. HE also said that they were hoping ot use social media to help highlight what he says are failures by mayor Richard Berry.

Beyond bringing Democrats together, Bregman has a vision for the future of the state party — winning races with hard work, more fundraising and contesting every race — from the state House up to the conservative 2nd Congressional District.

“I don’t see why with the numbers we have in New Mexico as far as Democrats and Republicans how we’re not the strongest Democratic Party in the United States,” Bregman said. Democrats have had an edge on Republicans in terms of voter registration.

To elect more Democrats, Bregman says that it will take a lot of hard work.

Bregman say that if he becomes party chair, they will do that hard work to get Democrats elected — from knocking on doors “two or three times” to phone banking and turning out volunteers in every county.

In addition to talking about legislative races, Bregman repeatedly came back to three races that Democrats looked to win — the gubernatorial race, the Albuquerque mayoral race and the 2nd Congressional District race.

“We need an aggressive Democratic Party to take on this governor, to take on Steve Pearce down South, to take on this mayor,” Bregman said. “And I will be relentless at that.”

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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3 Responses to "Bregman Dem chairmanship would bring more aggressive party"

  1. Cathryn McGill says:

    We definitely need strong leadership within the Democratic Party. I’ll be watching this race with lots of interest. I feel as though the party leadership needs to be exponentially more strategic in handling the issues that face our state. I also believe that officials need to concentrate on an effective get out the vote campaign–one that not only gets folks registered, but gives them a compelling reason to vote.

  2. charlie pena says:

    Sam u the man

  3. Lou says:

    Sam Bregman is exactly the person DPNM needs at this time. We need a leader that is ready to do the fund raising, outreach and media moving ahead and building the future. Sam has the experience necessary to do this. He is aggressive and tough. He is also compassionate, a solid family man and a devoted friend.