The Albuquerque chapter of the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) voted to endorse Congressional District 1 candidate Selinda Guerrero for the 2021 special election. At the close of the voting period, Albuquerque DSA members voted overwhelmingly to support Guerrero’s candidacy, with 94 percent of votes cast in favor of endorsement. The special election to fill the seat, vacated by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, is set for June 1st, 2021.
Selinda Guerrero is a Democratic Socialist, an organizer for Black Lives and a human rights activist. Guerrero’s family was evicted in the summer of 2020 due to economic impacts associated with the pandemic, and if elected she would bring the vital, and too often unheard, perspective of the working poor directly to the halls of Congress.
Guerrero has organized in CD-1 for over 20 years, and is explicitly running on a people-policy powered campaign. Albuquerque DSA explicitly supports Guerrero’s call for a universal healthcare that is truly universal, including Undocumented, Trans, and Mixed-Status communities, and which protects and expands reproductive justice. As democratic socialists gathered together on Tewa territory, we support Guerrero’s call for a Green New Deal that centers indigenous leadership, especially when it comes to long-term sustainability.
If elected, we believe Guerrero would continue the work done for our district be Sec. Haaland, and would work further in transitioning our nation, and our district, out of a permanent war economy and into a form that meets the needs of the many by taxing back the ill-gotten gains of the few. Plotting a course to a more just society out of the ruin of the pandemic demands a government that heeds the voices of those most directly impacted by the policy failures that led us here. We, as the Albuquerque chapter of the DSA, believe Guerrero is that candidate, and are proud to endorse her for CD-1.