Victory for Gun Safety: Everytown, New Mexico Moms Demand Action Congratulate Gun Sense Champions After Defeating Incumbents in New Mexico State Senate Democratic Primaries
Siah Correa Hemphill Defeated Senator Gabriel Ramos (SD-28) and Pamela Cordova Defeated Senator Clemente Sanchez (SD-30) in New Mexico Primary Elections
Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund Spent $50,000 on Direct Mail Campaign Targeting Sen. Gabriel Ramos and Sen. Clemente Sanchez, Highlighting Their Votes Against Background Checks on All Gun Sales and Red Flag Legislation
ALBUQUERQUE – Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund and the New Mexico chapter of Moms Demand Action, part of the volunteer network of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after Siah Correa Hemphill defeated Sen. Gabriel Ramos (SD-28) in the New Mexico Democratic primary to represent Senate District 28 in the New Mexico state Senate, and Pamela Cordova defeated Sen. Clemente Sanchez (SD-30) in the New Mexico Democratic primary to represent Senate District 30 in the New Mexico state Senate. Siah Correa Hemphill and Pamela Cordova defeated Senate incumbents after running on strong gun safety platforms that included support for background checks on all gun sales and a strong red flag law, which both incumbents voted against, in the state legislature.
“Siah Correa Hemphill and Pamela Cordova promised to make gun safety a top priority, and New Mexicans responded by choosing them over opponents who had caved to the gun lobby,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Today’s results are further proof that politicians who oppose common-sense gun safety measures do so at their own political peril.”
“Regardless of political party, we want lawmakers who will take action on gun safety,” said Kathryn Lueker-Eaton, a volunteer with New Mexico Moms Demand Action. “Siah Correa Hemphill and Pamela Cordova’s wins are further proof that New Mexicans want leaders who will fight hard for common-sense gun laws. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that they are elected to the state senate in November.”
In May, Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund launched a $50,000 direct mail campaign ahead of the New Mexico primary elections, holding Democratic Senators Gabriel Ramos (SD-28) and Clemente Sanchez (SD-30) accountable for voting against common-sense gun safety measures, including background checks on all gun sales and red flag legislation. And in 2018, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund spent $250,000 to help elect Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, who campaigned on a gun safety platform and has signed both bills into law.
In February, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund announced they would spend at least $60 million on the 2020 elections, doubling what they spent during the 2018 elections. In Virginia’s 2019 elections, Everytown was the largest outside investor, spending $2.5 million to successfully flip the state’s General Assembly to a gun sense majority.