March 18 was candidate filing day for all members of the legislature and other offices up for election this year. Much to my surprise, I have an opponent in the June Primary and… the race has now begun!
Ever since I came to the legislature 12 years ago, I have been fighting for quality, affordable health care, campaign finance reform, consumer and environmental protection, and more recently, clean alternative energy. And with your help, I will continue.
The theme of my campaign this year is “A Leader who Listens, “ something I’ve been trying to do, with annual constituent surveys, year-round involvement in neighborhood affairs, and the open hearings that I hold as Chair of the Health and Human Services—and Senate Public Affairs Committees.
If you’d like to see me continue to push though legislation like the Graduated Drivers License program, the Do Not Call List, the Nurse Advice Line, Solar and Green Building Tax Credits, the Senior Prescription Drug Program, and the Credit Freeze Bill… please join my campaign. Together, we can do so much more.
A Leader Who Listens
Please go to www.dedefeldman.com and make a contribution through pay pal. I am going to run a grassroots campaign, walking the district and listening to voters, but,it takes money to print signs and brochures and do mailings. If you’d like to contribute in other ways—please call me at 242-1997 or e-mail me at email@example.com. Volunteers are always welcome.
Here’s the news release I sent when I announced my candidacy:
For Immediate Release: Contact: Dede Feldman
Thursday, March 13, 2008 242-1997 or 220-5958
Senator Dede Feldman to Seek Re-Election in District 13
State Senator Dede Feldman, an Albuquerque Democrat, announced today that she is running for re-election in Senate District 13, which includes parts of the North Valley, mid-Heights and West Side. Feldman currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Public Affairs Committee and the legislature’s interim Health and Human Services Committee.
Feldman is the sponsor of two of the only health care reforms to pass the session this year-- to prevent insurance companies from turning down people with pre-existing conditions and to attack chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. For the past several years she has spearheaded the effort to promote alternative energy, successfully sponsoring both the solar and the green building tax credits. A steadfast supporter of ethics and campaign finance reform, she has pushed for public financing of elections, campaign contribution limits, and open legislative committee meetings. In 2003 she was the successful sponsor of a requirement that candidates file reports electronically so that they can be posted on the Internet to allow public scrutiny.
Feldman polls her active constituency every year before the session to ask their opinion of the difficult health and education issues facing the state. “I try to listen and educate the folks back home on what is happening in Santa Fe,” she says.
Feldman often works with the Attorney General’s office on consumer protection issues, and she has passed bills allowing consumers to freeze their credit reports and restrict unwanted telephone solicitations. She is also the architect of the state’s graduated drivers’ license program, and off-highway vehicle restrictions.
“I’m trying to save lives,” Feldman says of her interest in public health. “You can do that in many ways-- by training kids to be operate vehicles safely, by extending health insurance coverage, or providing access to care through a nurse hotline, or even peer counseling programs to prevent suicide.”
Feldman’s legislative work has been recognized nationally by the Women Legislators Lobby, the National Recycling Coalition which named her “Best Elected Recycling Official,” and by her fellow legislators who awarded her the Milago Award in 2007.
A former high school and university teacher, Feldman is the owner of a small marketing and communications company. She is a former journalist. A resident of the North Valley for 32 years, she is married to Mark M. Feldman, a custom homebuilder. They have been married for 39 years and have a 25-year old daughter.
A Leader Who Listens