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I am a Democrat!  I strongly believe in the democratic values that have always supported the common person.  I have worked tirelessly for those values.  I am a member of the board of the Democratic Women of Sandoval County  and member of Organizing for America.    I have worked for 40 years.  Twenty-five of those years were at Intel.  I have a proven record of accomplishments.  I developed the only Semi-Conductor training lab in the industry.  We trained people from all over the world to enhance technical ability.

Board of Bar Commissioners
Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

Governor Bill Richardson announced the appointment of Christina P. Argyres, of Albuquerque, to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Division IX, on June 24, 2010.“Christina Argyres is accustomed to a large and hectic case load and I am confident her legal experience and knowledge will make her an excellent judge at one of New Mexico’s busiest courts,” said Governor Bill Richardson.   Ms. Argyres has been a sole practitioner since 2002 and a contract attorney with the State of New Mexico since November 2009.

Elizabeth is a small business owner with a big heart. She provides creative consultation to an array of diverse businesses for large and small initiatives. Innovation, education, and inspiration are the factors that guide her approach. She is a long-time activist and advocate and has served on many boards. She has worked for various non-profits helping to empower women, eliminate racism, and create better access to healthcare.

Natalie currently works for Sandia National Laboratories in the Communications Department as a Customer Relations and Marketing representative.  The achievement she is most proud of is graduating with her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in December 2010.  She was born and raised in the Albuquerque Old Town area and grew up in a Hispanic family of artists.

Deborah has been a physical therapist for thirty-five years. Early in her career she developed a passion for home and community-based services and patient autonomy in decision-making. This prompted her to increasingly focus her work in healthcare administration, to attend law school to further her interests in health policy and advocacy and to eventually accept an appointment as Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Aging.Today she is a small business owner providing consulting and governmental relation services and is immersed in healthcare reform.

Nancy Baca is a former journalist who now runs a small business. She spent nearly two decades as a journalist, working as a reporter and an editor for the Albuquerque Journal, the Albuquerque Tribune and the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. While working as a journalist she served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and president of Unity Journalists of Color, both trade organizations.
Nancy is a fifth generation New Mexican who grew up in Albuquerque.

Darly is a Haitian-American who is married with three children. She is the recording secretary of NCNW and co-Founder of Families 2 Families Relief.  She plans to run for the Board of Education and win.

Second Judicial District Court

Beatrice Brickhouse began her public service career as an officer in the United States Army. After graduating from law school in 1993, Judge Brickhouse began serving the citizens of New Mexico as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting felonies, including crimes against women and children. In 1996, she transitioned to private practice, representing indigent citizens in civil rights and criminal matters. Judge Brickhouse moved to Bernalillo County in 1999, and after taking time to start a family, served as a DWI hearing officer.

Candidate for House District 30, Albuquerque

It is my intention to be a citizen legislator, not a career politician; I wish to bring a fresh voice of an average citizen to the roundhouse.
My professional career is as a licensed architect. I have worked on a number of wonderful projects in the 30 years I have practiced. My career has taught me to listen, to be detail oriented, and to know who my client is. I have managed very large complex projects, and through this process I have learned excellent negotiating skills.

Bernalillo County Chair; Candidate for Re-election
Candidate for House District 38, Silver City

Guadalupe Esperanza Cano is a native of Silver City, New Mexico. The granddaughter of a local Union leader, and the daughter of two local activists, she learned at a young age to be a voice for the people. Her interest in politics began with her high school student council, and she has been an active member of the Democratic party since she was eligible to vote twelve years ago. Her campaign experience involves working for candidates from local city council, all the way to President during the Obama campaign, but her passion is for state-level politics.

Cynthia Chavers is a Licensed Master of Social Work.  She has worked for the State of New Mexico for 13 years, and has been a supervisor for ten of those years.  She has also worked as a therapist with in various settings, including drug treatment, couples counseling, group therapy, and work with sex offenders.  Ms. Chavers is considered an expert in the field of child welfare.  She has experience giving community presentations on the subject, and on identifying the symptoms of abuse in children.  

Board of Bar Commissioners

Ms. Chicoski has a wide range of litigation experience in both criminal and civil law.  In August 2010, she founded Chicoski Law Firm, LLC, where she focuses on criminal defense, personal injury, and civil rights litigation.  Past experience includes the New Mexico Public Defender Department, the Public Safety Division for the Albuquerque City Attorney’s Office, and Orraj, Anderson & Obrey-Espinoza where she served as staff counsel for Farmers Insurance Exchange and its affiliates.

Melissa Coleman, the parent of two children at Atalaya Elementary school, and a local business owner, ran for Santa Fe School Board in 2011.  Although she ultimately came in second in a three-way race, she reports she had a great experience and learned a great deal for her next race.Coleman has lived in Santa Fe for twelve years, and has been actively involved with her children’s education.

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