Nominating conventions are taking place today in Albuquerque for both the state’s Democratic and Republican parties.
In each case, candidates must receive 20 percent of the delegate votes cast for their respective offices in order to appear on the June 6 primary ballot.
The Republican Party of New Mexico will be holding its pre-primary Nominating Convention and annual Lincoln Dinner today at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel, 2101 Louisiana Boulevard, N.E.
The Pre-Primary Convention will convene at 11 a.m. Candidate speeches are scheduled for noon. More than 400 delegates and grassroots activists from across the state have registered for the convention.
The Lincoln Dinner will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., and dinner will start at 7 p.m.. Guests include Sen. Pete Domenici, Rep. Heather Wilson and Rep. Steve Pearce. The keynote speaker for the evening is Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas. The dinner is sold out.
Delegates to the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s pre-primary nominating convention will converge on Highland High School, 4700 Coal, SE. Delegates will consider a platform, hear from Democratic candidates for statewide and federal offices, and vote on how those candidates will appear on the June 6 primary election ballot.
At county conventions across the state, delegates to the state convention were elected by other Democrats.
Registration begins at, if not before, 8 a.m. The convention will begin at 10 a.m.
Delegates will consider a party platform and hear from Gov. Bill Richardson, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, Attorney General and first congressional district candidate Patricia Madrid and Albert Kissling, who is running in the second congressional district.
The public is encouraged to attend, but participation is limited to elected delegates or officially designated alternates.