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Dr. Adelamar Alcantara, or Dely as she is known to her friends, is a senior demographer and supervises the University of New Mexico Geospatial and Population Studies. In the last 20 years, Dely has conducted research for a number of state, local, and private agencies. For 18 years, Dely represented New Mexico in the Federal State Cooperative on Population Estimates and the Federal State Cooperative on Population Projections, holding leadership positions with both projects. In 2009 she was recognized as one of the 100 most influential Filipino women in the United States. 

Candidate for House District 60, Rio Rancho

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

Erika E. Anderson is a civil litigation attorney at the Law Offices of Erika E. Anderson, LLC. She practices in the areas of governmental liability, civil rights, personal injury, general tort liability and employment litigation. Ms. Anderson is the President of the New Mexico State Bar for 2014. She is also the former Chair of the American Bar Association Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section Trial Techniques Committee and is a Past-President of the New Mexico Women's Bar Association.

Judge and Judicial Candidate for 2nd Judicial District, Div 10

Christina P. Argyres is a district court judge in the Second Judicial District of New Mexico. She was elected to the court in 2012 to a term which begins in 2013 and expires in January 2015.  She is running for retention in 2014.
Ms. Argyres has been a sole practitioner since 2002 and a contract attorney with the State of New Mexico since November 2009.  Previously she worked as an Assistant Public Defender at Metropolitan Court with the State Public Defender’s Office.  She also worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 2000 on the largest Medicaid fraud case in New Mexico.  
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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.

Candidate for House District 17, Albuquerque

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.

Sara Attleson serves as political action committee chair for the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and is a librarian at Kennedy Middle School. As a 30 year veteran of education, Attleson has seen the impacts that fiscal restraint has had on the classroom and serves as an advocate for her students.  

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.

Kim Bannerman is an attorney at the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, where she applies her expertise in water law, specifically litigation surrounding the Rio Grande. Previously she served as Staff Attorney and Bill Drafter for the New Mexico Legislative Council Service.

Candidate for Dona Ana County Commission

Beth Bardwell lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico on the Rio Grande with her husband and two daughters. Beth has a Masters of Science in Biology from New Mexico State University (1999) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law (1987). Her legal practice included labor law, Indian law, and criminal law, including work for the Navajo Nation and the City of Flagstaff, Arizona. After seven years practicing law, she fell in love with birding and returned to school to study biology.

Beth Bardwell lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico on the Rio Grande with her husband and two daughters. Beth has a Masters of Science in Biology from New Mexico State University (1999) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law (1987). Her legal practice included labor law, Indian law, and criminal law, including work for the Navajo Nation and the City of Flagstaff, Arizona. After seven years practicing law, she fell in love with birding and returned to school to study biology.

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.

Sandra Barnhart y Chavez has over 30 years of experience practicing law. Her passion is working in Children’s Court. She is ABA certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. Barnhart y Chavez worked formerly as a Guardian Ad Litem for children in court. She is also on the Board of Directors for State Bar Children’s Law Section. Barnhart y Chavez is a founding member of the State Bar Lawyer Referral for the Elderly and Pro Bono College NM State Bar.

I grew up in a lower middle-class home; my mother was a secretary and my father was a welder. He had only an eighth grade education. That said, my parents encouraged me to obtain a good education, and made sure that I had music lessons and other activities. My undergraduate degree is in psychology.

Nancy Franchini is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque.  She graduated from Saint Pius High School in 1990 and then attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.  After a year, she had had enough gray, rainy days and transferred to the University of Colorado in Boulder.  She graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1994.  She then returned home to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated from there in 1997.  She has practiced law as a civil litigator in both New Mexico State and Federal courts for over 16 years.  The New Mexi

Catherine is an Albuquerque-based attorney practicing statewide. She has been practicing law for almost 10 years but opened her own law firm last year and is enjoying the benefits of working for herself. She is the oldest of three children and was raised in Flagstaff, AZ, by a single mom. After high school, Catherine moved to Albuquerque for college and has never left because New Mexico is her home. She is a Navajo woman, an aunt to two nephews, and her mom's caretaker.

Lori Bencoe was born in Albuquerque New Mexico in 1967.  She graduated from Del Norte High School in 1985.  She attained a degree in Communications from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1990, graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa’s Alpha of Arizona Chapter.  She also earned a minor in music performance (oboe).
Lori returned to Albuquerque to attain a degree from the UNM School Law in 1993.  For the past 21 years now, Lori has been a lawyer in private practice, representing the rights of people who have been seriously harmed or have lost a loved one.  She is passionate about holding wr

Mercy is currently a PhD candidate at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a senior analyst at Galisteo Consulting Group. 

Michelle Lalley Blake is an attorney, a Member Volunteer Attorney & Pro Bono Program for the Second Judicial District Court, and campaign volunteer for current candidate for Court of Appeals.

Judicial Candidate for Second Judicial District Court, Division 4

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.

Candidate for District Attorney, 9th Judicial District

After attending Case Western University, where Jennifer Burrill received her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in litigation and international law, Burill was accepted to the bar in 2004. She has been practicing law in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office as well as in her own private law practice in Clovis, where her experience in the court room ranges from criminal to family law cases. Burill’s accomplishments practicing law have gotten her recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Attorney.

I am a member of the Supreme Court Rules of Evidence Committee, a board member for the Hartley House (the local domestic violence shelter), and vice chairman of the local Democratic county party. It has always been important for me to be involved in my community. I make every effort to make sure I do what I can to be the catalyst for postive change.

Bernalillo County Chair; Candidate for Re-election

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