Congressional Black Caucus PAC Endorses Deb Haaland for Congressby GDN Shared Post January 15, 2018
Historic Endorsement for New Mexico’s First Congressional District Campaign
Albuquerque, NM – In one of the most significant endorsements of the campaign, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC has announced its endorsement of Deb Haaland for New Mexico’s First Congressional District. The historic announcement comes on the heels of endorsements from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and the only union endorsement in the race to date, from the American Postal Workers Union. Haaland is seeking to become the first Native American woman elected to Congress.
This trio of powerful endorsements by some of the nation’s leading progressives and associated organizations recognizes the hard work, perseverance and commitment Deb has made to her campaign and to providing New Mexicans with a new voice on Capital Hill.
Haaland’s campaign has strong momentum with five months to go until the June 5th Democratic primary. Haaland enters the new year with 10 Congressional endorsements, double that of any other NM01 candidates, 28 New Mexico elected and community leaders, 49 tribal leaders and Native American tribes, and four major organizations: the American Postal Workers Union local 380, the To’hajiilee chapter of the Navajo Nation, the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, and the Congressional Black Caucus PAC.
Congressional Black Caucus PAC Chairman Gregory Meeks released the following statement:
“The Congressional Black Caucus PAC is proud to endorse Deb Haaland.”
“Deb Haaland has a strong track record of standing up for Democratic values and the people of New Mexico. She has dedicated her life to serving her community and therefore she knows how to best represent them. Deb would be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress, where her voice is sorely needed. The CBCPAC is united in its support for her.
“We look forward to Deb Haaland joining us in the fight against Donald Trump and his destructive agenda next year.”
Deb Haaland released the following statement:
“This is a powerful moment for our campaign and comes at a time as communities throughout the country begin to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr, I am truly humbled by the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC. I have spent my life fighting for the underrepresented and I am working tirelessly to be New Mexico’s champion in Congress. We still have a long fight ahead of us when it comes to racial justice, and in Congress I will take on that fight.”
The Albuquerque Journal and the Congressional Black Caucus PAC Chairman Gregory Meeks spoke about the announcement of Deb, you can read it here.
You can see Haaland’s full endorsement list here.
Deb Haaland is running for New Mexico’s First Congressional District seat, and would be the first Native American woman elected to U.S. Congress. As the first Native American woman to chair a state party, Deb led New Mexico Democrats in 2016 to flip its State House from red to blue, expand the Democratic majority in the Senate, elect a Democrat Secretary of State, and hand a decisive victory to Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
Deb is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and was the first woman elected to Chair the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors. She is a UNM Law School graduate and single mom to Somah, who recently graduated from UNM with a BA in Theater.