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Farmington Community Relations Commission, 2nd appointed term
Cathryn is the Executive Director for San Juan United Way, serving San Juan County and parts of the Navajo Nation. Over the past 6 years, her passion for human services has led to the development of innovative collaborations and services to the most vulnerable in her community, with a focus on both rural Veterans and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Mayra Acevedo was born and raised in the state of California. She was raised by two hardworking, dedicated, and loving parents who always emphasized the importance of staying true to family values. She studied and obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico. Has served families, children, and community for over 9 years that she was lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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.

An Albuquerque native, Angelica Anaya Allen grew up in Old Town, attending San Felipe and graduating from Valley High School.  After attending Brown University and Harvard Law School, Angelica worked in legal services providing free help to low-income people, including stints as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque and Senior Citizens Law Office. A single mom with three children, Angelica recently opened her own law office, representing homeowners in real estate and foreclosure cases.

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.

Ms. Aragon is a member of the Navajo Nation and is the managing attorney of her own law firm.  Her practice includes criminal and juvenile defense, family law, probate, contracts, personal injury, employment and Indian law in tribal, federal and state courts. Ms. Aragon has a BA degree in Criminal Justice from UNM (1987) and a JD degree from the UNM School of Law (1996) with a specialized Certificate in Indian Law.     
Currently, Ms.

District Court Judge: Second Judicial District Court, Division X

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.  

Board Member, Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, District 6

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.

State Representative, 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.

Erin Armstrong is an attorney at the ACLU of New Mexico where she focuses on strategies to protect and expand reproductive rights. Before joining the ACLU, Erin was a staff attorney and reproductive justice law fellow at the National Health Law Program’s (NHeLP) Washington, D.C. office, where she worked at the national level to improve access to care for low-income and underserved communities. Erin is a current board member and former president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She is also the recipient of the 2009 New Mexico Public Health Association Phil Lynch Legislative Award.

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.  

Central New Mexico Community College Governing Board Member, District 5

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.

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.

Ann Barudin is from Kewa Pueblo, New Mexico. She enjoys campaigning for democratic candidates, especially organizing and recruiting new volunteers and registering and educating potential voters. She is a current Board Member serving on the Native American Voter’s Alliance. She is a graduate of the Institute of the American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM and the University of New Mexico. Ann is the Office Manager of Barudin Law Firm, Albuquerque, NM, a plaintiff’s only law firm focusing primarily on personal injury matters.

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.

Bernalillo County Treasurer

Albuquerque's International District imaginator and community advocate; 20 years in employer health benefits, 12 years with NM public entities; NM State Use expert; Ward 19B Secretary/Treasurer; grew up in Alamogordo.

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. 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. 

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.

District Court Judge: Second Judicial District Court, Division IV

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.

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