Steve Pearce Wins Re-election As Chairman Of Republican Party.
The Republican Party of New Mexico’s State Central Committee tonight re-elected Steve Pearce as RPNM Chairman for two more years.
There were 172 SCC members who voted in the virtual election. Members also selected seven other Republican Party of New Mexico officers, including Vice-Chairs, Congressional District Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer. All elected officers will serve under the Chairman until December 2022.
Chairman Pearce, who has served 14 years as New Mexico’s Congressman in the 2nd Congressional District, won re-election with 76 votes. Eddy Aragon, CEO of Rock of Talk radio, received 47. Geoffrey Snider, an Albuquerque businessman, got 41 and Eric Lucero, a retiree and GOP consultant received 8.
At first, Pearce appeared to have won by a single vote, but a coding error by election software company TXT2VOTE revealed the Chairman had won by 29 votes. The tallying error happened because the company had mistakenly failed to include CD3 votes for Pearce while adding CD3 votes twice for Aragon and Snider.
TXT2VOTE, a well-respected company that’s done virtual elections in other states, admitted the mistake, and it was immediately corrected.
Pearce’s victory was a referendum on what’s been a historic two years at RPNM.
Under Pearce’s leadership, Republicans reclaimed the 2nd Congressional District seat, raised more than $6 million, registered more than 30,000 new GOP voters, recruited a record 101 legislative candidates, built a massive infrastructure, and developed strong volunteer and outreach programs. RPNM also made election integrity a top priority, winning legal challenges to protect New Mexico voters.
SCC members also elected the following RPNM officers during tonight’s special meeting:
- 1stVice-Chair: Robert J. Aragon
- 2nd Vice-Chair: Robert (Bob) Taylor Graham
- CD 1 Vice-Chair: Ali Ennenga
- CD 2 Vice-Chair: Amy Barela
- CD 3 Vice-Chair: Anita Statman
- Secretary: Mari Trujillo Spinelli
- Treasurer: Leonard-David Chavez