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New Mexico GOP Chair Wraps Up 33 County Tour in Silver City
Albuquerque, NM– Earlier this week, the New Mexico GOP Chairman completed her circuit of all 33 counties across New Mexico. Deborah Maestas was elected chairman of the state GOP in December 2014, and her visit to Grant County on Monday wrapped up her statewide tour in which her goal was to meet local Republican elected officials and party officers to discuss how the New Mexico GOP can help and lend support to our local parties.
“Visiting all 33 counties was a top priority for the chairman,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of New Mexico. “Throughout her travels our party reconnected and reengaged local activists, shared ideas and laid out a game plan to achieve victory in 2016.”
GOP chair sees opportunity in Grant County
Maestas: Five-member panel offers diversity in representation
Silver City Sun-News
By: Randal Seyler
SILVER CITY >> If the three members of the Grant County Board of County Commissioners, all Democrats, decide to increase the board size to five members next week, local Republicans will be ready to seek those seats in 2016.
Deborah Maestas, chairwoman of the New Mexico Republican Party, says the expanded panel would offer the chance for a more diverse representation of Grant County residents.
“It absolutely would be an opportunity,” she said. “Expanding the board would be a positive thing for Grant County and would allow for more opportunities for elected officials to serve the county.”
Maestas, 43, was elected chairwoman of the state GOP in December 2014, and she made visiting all the 33 counties in New Mexico one of her priorities. Her visit to Grant County on Monday wrapped up her statewide tour, in which she met local Republican Party elected officials, party officers, and rank-and-file members.
“We are getting ready for 2016 and we have a lot of really good Republican candidates and officials in New Mexico,” Maestas said.
She is no stranger to politics, serving in 2014 as deputy campaign manager for her father, Allen Weh, in his bid as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
Maestas she was responsible for all back office functions, negotiating with vendors, and keeping campaign expenditures within budget, according to the Republican National Committee website, gop.com.
She also provided management oversight to internet based fundraising, and was an integral member of the media working group that made decisions on all paid media.
A native New Mexican, Maestas graduated high school from St. Pius X in Albuquerque. She lives in Albuquerque with husband Steve and daughter, Addison.
Maestas is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, Delta Gamma Alumni, and Texas Christian University Alumni Association. Her community involvement includes Samaritan’s Purse and Calvary of Albuquerque’s Reload Love Ministry.
As chairwoman of the New Mexico GOP, Maestas said she wants to be there to support Republicans who might find themselves stranded in a “blue” county and keep them focused on the big picture.
“We want to support our party members and help field good candidates. Mainly we are traveling the state asking how can we support and help our local parties.”
Maestas said she is also finding conservative Democrats constitute a large population in New Mexico, and that population may not feel it is being represented by the mainstream Democratic Party, especially in the 2016 presidential race.
“We have a diverse field of candidates,” Maestas said of the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.
She said that if a primary was held today in New Mexico, many of the early Republican candidates would have support, but said it was too early to pick a leader in the GOP presidential race.
“The state of New Mexico is like the country as a whole, it is a very diverse population, with diverse interests,” she said.
For New Mexico, the Republican Party is focusing on the state races, especially the State Senate races, in 2016.
Currently there are 24 Democrats and 18 Republicans in the State Senate. If the Republicans can gain four Senate seats, then the GOP will have control of both the House of Representatives and Senate in Santa Fe.
“You know we took the state House in 2014 for the first time in 62 years,” Maestas said. “We want to keep that momentum going forward and gain more Senate seats next year.”
Maestas said she wants the GOP to be part of the solution to problems, both at the local level as well as the state and national levels.
“We want to keep people excited and involved,” she said, even those Republicans who might find themselves living in a Democrat-dominated territory, such as Grant County.
“My goal is for the state is to support our local Party members and officers, and our elected officials,” Maestas said. “We have to be positive, and I want to encourage all of our members to stay active and engaged.”
Randal Seyler can be reached at 575-538-5893 (ext. 5803).