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Shammara H. Henderson is a shareholder/attorney at Henderson & Grohman, P.C., where she focuses on federal criminal defense cases. She also practices in the areas of plaintiff’s injury, employment discrimination, civil rights, and victim representation. Shammara grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and earned a B.A. from American University and a J.D. from University of New Mexico School of Law. After law school, she clerked for Justice Charles W. Daniels of the New Mexico Supreme Court. She was an ADA for the Second Judicial District and later became Associate Counsel to the Office of Governor Bill Richardson. Shammara then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Mexico for seven years. There, she prosecuted complex drug trafficking organization and international child abuse media cases, as well as, criminal civil rights cases. She also defended the United States in FTCA, Employment Discrimination, and Bivens cases.
I am proud to support Damian because of his viewpoints on resolutions, and his passions. These passions come across when Damian speaks about family, economics, and diversity. It is evident when you meet Damian that no one works harder than him, and yet Damian still carries himself humbly. He is not arrogant like most politicians, instead he has a genuine demeanor, and within that demeanor he is also incredibly “tenacious” and an extraordinarily smart person.
Damian comes from a New Mexican family; he is not a career politician, and he knows right from wrong. Most importantly he has a vision that has resonated with me and others. I am supporting Damian because he is taking a local approach to important issues like health care, education, decriminalization of marijuana, environment, and voting.
Camisha Cordova is the Precinct Chair (386), DPNM SPARC, and a community organizer and activist. She strongly supports Marijuana Reform, Mental Health Reform, and all environmental issues (water, land grants, etc.). She is also concerned about Social, economic and human rights.
The reason I am endorsing Damian Lara is I believe it is important to have representation from someone who has lived through the struggles many Americans experience. Damian came to the USA as a baby with his single mother and siblings. Once old enough, he worked alongside his family in the fields of eastern New Mexico.
Damian has never let down folks who have taken the chance to support him. Through that, he was able to graduate from Brown University with two degrees, and from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Damian Lara wrote and explained legislation to our law makers as a staffer in DC, even earning the “Best Congressional Staffer” award in US Congress.
Kathleen is the Founding Chair and current Chair of the Bernalillo County Bernie Dems, who were responsible for the 2017 Progressive insurgency into the Bernalillo County Democratic Party, where they won over 170 seats on the Bernalillo County Central Committee and over 25 seats on the State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Kathleen was an elected National Delegate for Bernie Sanders to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and continues to provide Progressive leadership in her community; currently serving on the boards of the Southeast Albuquerque Community Policing Council and the La Mesa Community Improvement Association. Finally, Kathleen is Associate Director of Street Safe New Mexico, a not-for-profit organization committed to ending sex trafficking in New Mexico and providing resources to victims.
It really comes down to leadership. We know Damian is a true leader, who is running for Congress for all the right reasons - to help us build a better New Mexico.
And, it's not just words. He's put his platform and his issues on his website since day one! And, he's been clear about his solid plans. But, it's actions that speak louder than words.
Damian knows hard work. He woke up at 4:30 a.m. every morning as a college student on work-study, preparing breakfast for his classmates at Brown University, to pay for his college. He worked for the US Congress and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on issues affecting under-served communities. He was awarded "Outstanding Congressional Staffer" for his work on writing legislation to provide healthcare to under-served communities. He then worked for the NM Legislative Council Service, working late into the night on many occasions writing legislation on tax policy, budget bills, and infrastructure funding. And, he served as Bernalillo County Deputy Assessor where he used his expertise on property tax policy. And, now he serves as an Immigration Attorney and Hispanic Rights Advocate.
Damian Lara served as President of the NM Hispanic Bar Association, where he helped the organization raise funds to provide scholarships to students and help Hispanic youth pursue their education.
He's worked for every branch of government - local, state and national. He knows how to write legislation; He knows how to read legislation; and he knows how to work with others to get things done!
Having known Damian’s work ethic and work product for twenty years, I decided to support his candidacy from the moment I learned of his plans. His statement in response to the Trump administration's decision to end DACA, however, reminded me of the need for more voices like those of Damian Lara in Congress.
I'm endorsing Damian Lara for Congress with the hope that you too will decide to support Damian's candidacy in spirit and dollars.
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a Fulbright scholar, a tenured associate professor of law at the University of Denver, Of Counsel to García & García Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C., author of Crimmigration Law, and was a scholar-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley and Texas Southern University. He received the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups.
We are proud to endorse Damian Lara for Congress because he understands our community. Damian also understands how to improve the economy, because he knows the federal income tax code inside-and-out. He is an expert in tax policy, specializing his career in it. From learning the intricacies of the tax code and policy in law school to applying it as lead staff attorney for the NM Legislature on the Tax & Revenue Stabilization Committee,
Damian is the only candidate in this race who can read a 3,000-page tax or budget bill and understand how it will impact our community. Damian knows how to reform the tax code to get our economy going again. We’re confident he’s the only one in this race who can do that! More importantly, we trust Damian’s leadership, knowledge and honesty to fight for the best interests of our community.
Originally from Durango, Durango, México, The Ramos Sisters – Lucia, Rocio, Hilda and Sonia – migrated to New Mexico in 1990. They grew up in the South Valley of Albuquerque and are the owners of Ramos Tax Services.
I worked closely with Damian Lara when I was the President of the NM Association of Counties in 2015-2016. I can tell you that Damian Lara is respected by county officials across the entire state because of his leadership and dedication to all New Mexicans.
Damian Lara earned a reputation for common sense solutions and making them happen. He is also a leader in the community. As the President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association he worked on Law Camp, a statewide educational pipeline program for 7th and 8th graders. As a Deputy County Assessor, he lent his expertise to other officials across the state.
I’m endorsing Damian Lara because of his leadership in education and demonstrated ability to get things done for the people of New Mexico. Damian is uniquely situated in this campaign for Congress – he has worked at all levels of government, from local to state to federal. He gets things done. He knows how to work with others to get things done. And, he knows how to fight for what is right!
Tyler Massey is the Past President for the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC). Tyler served as the NM Association of Counties Vice President in 2015. He is currently serving his second term as the Treasurer of Hidalgo County since 2013.
I am proud to endorse Damian Lara for Congress because he is shovel-ready to make a big impact in Washington, DC. I know Damian, personally, and I know that he understands hard work and will fight every single day to build a better New Mexico. He shares our values because he's lived our values. His passion and energy is what Nuevo Mexico needs. He has worked tirelessly to better our New Mexican communities.
Damian Lara listens and cares deeply about the issues facing our community. And, he knows how to get results. Friends, join me in supporting Damian Lara for Congress.
Mabel Arellanes is a long time social justice and immigrant rights advocate. As an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico, Mabel advocated for in-state tuition and driver’s licenses for New Mexicans regardless of their immigration status. At UNM School of Law, Mabel was active in the Mexican American Law Students Association (MALSA) and the Women’s Law Caucus. She was a recipient of the Justice Patricio Serna Scholarship and Merit Scholarship. She currently serves on the board of the New Mexico Hispanic Board Association and the Immigration Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. In her current role as an Assistant Public Defender she helps uphold low-income defendants’ constitutional right to counsel and ensures they receive a fair and speedy trial.
In the time I have known Damian, there are two characteristics that stand out: His passion about doing the right thing for New Mexico and his Honesty. Working with Damian in the NM Association of Counties Assessor Affiliate, he was always professional, ethical and so very knowledgeable of the legislative process. Damian is my friend and I would be proud to see him representing our state in Washington.
Betty Cabber serves as the Torrance County Assessor and worked closely with Damian Lara when he was Deputy County Assessor in Bernalillo County. Betty was born in Santa Fe and has been a resident of Torrance County for 21 years.
Dr. Susan Copeland, Dr. Julia Sherba de Valenzuela, Kathy & Joe Duffy, Iris Calderón, Jasmin Maestas, Sally Davis, Tracy Lange, Gilber Leiva, Alheli Baca & Karla Calderón & many others.
We’re excited to announce our new committee “Educators & Friends for Damian Lara.” We are a group of educators and friends who are concerned about the future of our educational system in the US. We are educators at all levels from primary education to higher education.
We have endorsed Damian Lara for Congress because Damian has committed to have a serious discussion on how we support educators and empower our students.
Damian Lara understands that we must prepare our students for better possibilities. From focusing more resources on Pre-K, to allocating resources for true parody to preparing all students for higher education – whether traditional four-year university, two-year community college or a vocational or trade school, Damian knows we can do better for our kids and their educators. And, Damian has committed to increasing funding for Pell Grants, work study and Stanford Loans while lowering interest rates on students loans to make higher education more affordable and accessible for all.
And, Damian understands that educators, parents, community groups, local businesses must be recognized as stake-holders - and have a seat at the table.
Sina Soul is an internationally-renowned singer-songwriter, poet, griot and femcee, living in Albuquerque, NM.
Inspiring crowds by singing, rapping, chanting and wailing in multiple languages with unimaginable fluidity and a hypnotic mastery of diverse genres, SOUL is at once a classical pianist, Afro-Latin percussionist, Ivy League alumna, professional educator & eco-activist. A community leader & multiracial Native-Afro-Latina, SOUL has studied, toured, danced and performed with a cadre of legendary musicians and entertainers.
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