Political candidates receive training

Jun 8th, 2015

Chamber non-partisan event open to all parties

As part of its ongoing outreach to different segments of the Las Cruces community, since 2011 the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce has offered nonpartisan training for prospective candidates for city, Members from the community gather for the Chamber Candidates Training May 9.county and state political office. The most recent training session took place Saturday, May 9 and was attended by more than 40 individuals.

Because the Chamber, by definition, takes a pro-business stance on local political matters, people automatically think the training we make available is slanted or partisan, but that’s simply not the case.

Our training – training is not offered anywhere else in our community – provides very basic, step-by-step guidance on what any potential candidate needs to know.

With about four months to go before the date candidates have to formally declare for the November municipal election, the content provided the needed information including establishing a calendar of tasks needed to complete leading up to election day.

In an open letter to the Las Cruces Sun-News, training attendee Jack Eakman said, “take it from me, as a registered Democrat and NOT a member of the LCCOC, the entire presentation was not political. I could tell that the leadership of the Chamber had taken every precaution to ensure that the curricula was all about mechanics of campaigns and not about issues. The session taught what makes a candidate successful, rather than ‘this viewpoint has to win over that viewpoint.’ The representative from American Majority knew the topic well, guiding us through a PowerPoint presentation. I took at least 11 pages of notes trying to keep current with the new knowledge being presented and the pre-conceived convictions being erased. The resources named and the tips learned from other participants meant that the cost of the session was a true bargain.”

Seats for Mayor, Councilor District 1, Councilor District 2, Councilor District 4 and Presiding Municipal Judge will be up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.

Potential candidates need to know that candidate packets will be available in the City Clerk’s office in mid to late July and they will need to file approximately 60 days prior to the election. That exact date will be included in the candidates packet.

Because feedback was so positive, another candidate training seminar is being considered for sometime this summer.

In the meantime, the Chamber will be active during the election cycle, looking for and endorsing business-friendly candidates that, through their decisions, will help drive more jobs and increase gross receipts tax revenue that could be used on quality-of-life issues in our city.

In order to afford the many qualityof- life improvements being considered, it is imperative that we change the perception of the city to one that is businessfriendly in order to facilitate the growth of existing businesses and to attract new investment.