Mario Jimenez III takes the helm of Common Cause New Mexico; Heather Ferguson Moves to National Organization

New CCNM Executive Director Mario Jimenez, III

CCNM News:

Mario Jimenez, III, is set to become the new executive director of Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM). Jimenez served as Campaigns Director for CCNM.

Jimenez led many legislative efforts in New Mexico, including reforms to the electoral process through his previous work with the New Mexico Clerks Affiliate.

Since joining CCNM, he has spearheaded the largest nonpartisan voter protection program in the state and lobbied to increase voter access to the ballot box. At the local level, Jimenez led efforts to educate the public and implement preferential choice voting in Las Cruces and Santa Fe.

Jimenez is a veteran of the Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office, where he served as Deputy Chief County Clerk for six years. He previously served on the state Voting Machine Certification Committee and was a Certified Voting Machine Technician. He also worked as president and lobbyist for the New Mexico County Clerk’s Affiliate. He graduated from New Mexico State University.

“Safeguarding our democratic process and holding malicious actors accountable is more important than ever,” he said. “I intend to work alongside good government organizations, community leaders, and well-meaning elected officials across the state. My goal is to continue to hold power accountable and to increase public confidence in the government that serves it through the nonpartisan efforts of Common Cause.

Heather Ferguson, who has served as CCNM’s executive director since July 2018, was last week appointed to a national role at Common Cause, based in Washington, D.C. In his new position, Ferguson will provide direct state campaigning, fundraising, policy and program support for New Mexico, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oregon and Texas.

Ferguson expanded the Common Cause New Mexico office from a two-person to four-person organization with additional contractors and added a Fair Courts program focused on ensuring the judicial independence of state courts and expanding judicial public funding.

Under Ferguson’s leadership, CCNM passed a constitutional amendment to create a state ethics commission, advanced voter registration, overhauled campaign finance reforms, and created the first county-level public finance program. district courts across the country. She has implemented successful lobbying campaigns, election protection programs, local ballot measures, published research and reports, and worked with state and local democracy coalitions.

Ferguson said she will stay in the Land of Enchantment while working remotely and looks forward to working with new Common Cause New Mexico leadership, Mario Jimenez, III.

About CCNM

Common Cause is a grassroots, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending the core values ​​of American democracy. “We work to create open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunities and representation for all; and empowering all to make their voices heard as equals in the political process.

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