Push For New Mexico Open Primaries Coming To Las Cruces

Aug 31, 2017

New Mexico Open Primaries is holding an Election Reform Panel Discussion, Saturday, September 9th, 2:30 p.m. at the Dona County Government Center, 845 North Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The event is being hosted by the Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office. The discussion will center on how to improve elections in New Mexico.

New Mexico Open Primaries’ mission is to encourage more voter participation and greater collaboration among elected officials by ensuring that all eligible citizens can exercise their right to vote in every public election.

Panel participants include:

Jeff Steinborn, New Mexico State Senator for District 36. He is a recipient of the 1st Amendment Freedom Award from the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and has worked to pass legislation expanding opportunities for youth civic engagement and increasing voter registration opportunities.

Dr. Christa Slaton, Professor of Government at New Mexico State University. Her areas of specialization are American politics, university and community engagement, and public administration including election administration, democratic leadership, and citizen participation in public administration.

Scott Krahling is the current Dona Ana County Clerk. As Bureau of Elections Supervisor, Chief Deputy Clerk, and now County Clerk he has administered dozens of elections, implemented extensive outreach programs to register more voters, and developed an Election Advisory Council to bring community partners together to increase voting.

Bob Perls is a former two term state representative serving parts of Sandoval County. A former diplomat, he is the founder and president of the non-profit group New Mexico Open Primaries advocating for a host of election reforms.

Panel Moderators will be Abraham Sanchez, board member of New Mexico Open Primaries and southern New Mexico Coordinator and Ashley Beyer, New Mexico Open Primaries member.