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Peter MacDonald
Endorses Jeff Apodaca

“He wants to bring us all together to bring jobs, to also invest in education and other problems that we’ve been using band aids to fix. He has a solid plan. He wants to invest in business. He wants to invest in job opportunities.”

Peter MacDonald, former Chairman of the Navajo Nation and decorated WWII Veteran Code Talker

Invest $1B of New Mexico’s $23B into 95% of NM economy, Small Business.

Invest into Early Child Education and Early Family intervention

Private/Public investment of $1B in Renewables and Clean Energy, leading the country with renewable energy within 10 years

We Support

Single Pay healthcare through the NM Health Security Act

Legalization of cannabis for adult use and expand medical cannabis and Hemp programs

Reallocate 8% of PED budget ($225M) into the classroom from the community up

Create $15 and up living wge jobs

Formation of a state bank benefiting NM industries and expansion of the cannabis industry

I’m running for governor to turn New Mexico around. We need major change for our state.

- Jeff Apodaca

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Jeff Apodaca speaking about his plan to Turn New Mexico Around

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Pathways to well-paying jobs. Apodaca will implement educational paths for New Mexicans from 0-20 years of age to provide more access to higher-wage jobs for workers and foster a better trained workforce to attract and keep businesses in New Mexico.

  • Invest in qualitative education programs.
  • Reallocate 8% of PED and State administration funding back into the classroom from the community up, not from the top down.
  • Reduce class sizes: smaller classrooms promote better learning for our kids.
  • Invest additional funding from the State Permanent Land Grant fund into early childhood programs from 0-4 years of age through CYFD and PED collaboration.
  • Provide early family intervention through community programs to support and empower our young families to provide them with the tools for early child development.
  • Provide students a hand up with in-home educational reading and math programs for 0-4 years of age with existing models that have proven outcomes.
  • Make year-round Preschool the standard expectation for all NM kids from 3-4 years of age

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Meet Jeff

A native New Mexican, Jeff Apodaca is running for Governor of New Mexico to turn around the state from years of mismanagement.  Jeff will bring major changes to New Mexico.

Jeff grew up in Santa Fe and Las Cruces and is the son of former New Mexico Governor Jerry Apodaca and former First Lady Clara Apodaca. A cancer survivor, Jeff founded the Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Fund, benefiting cancer survivors and opening the Jeff Apodaca Multi-Media Center at UNM Children’s Hospital to ensure that child patients have access to important technology for learning and entertainment while receiving treatment.

A former media executive and current entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience innovating, expanding, and creating businesses, Jeff began his career in Albuquerque at KOB-TV. Jeff has held senior positions at Univision Corp, Tribune Broadcasting, AOL and the CBS Television Network in New York and Los Angeles before returning to New Mexico with his family to run Univision stations and digital property in the mountain states.

An active member of our community, Apodaca sits on the board of Innovate ABQ, Albuquerque Economic Forum, and formerly served on the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society & United Way Projects.

Jeff married the love of his life, Jackie Moss Apodaca, in 2002. A native New Mexican from Albuquerque, Jackie earned her MBA from New Mexico State University and worked for the Learning Company and Disney Corporation before returning to New Mexico as a community leader and full time mother.

Today, Apodaca makes his home in Albuquerque with his wife Jackie Moss Apodaca and their twin boys Asher & Gage.

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Jeff Apodaca meeting with constituents

Endorsements for Jeff

Guadalupe Cano

As an alumnae of Emerge NM, a training program to increase the number of Democratic women in office, I know how important it is to have a candidate with real answers and a solid plan to change the direction of our state. Jeff is already sharing concrete ideas on how we can improve our state by working together. We just have to be willing to ask, “What If?” I know that a fresh outlook is vital in order to make our state better, which is why I am supporting Jeff Apodaca for Governor.

Guadalupe Cano, Councilor, District 4, Town of Silver City

Frances Ray

As a past president of the Democratic Women of Bernalillo County, I understand the need to have someone in office who isn’t afraid to invest in women by closing the gender pay gap and fighting to provide a living wage. As the former chair of the Hubbell House Alliance, I know how important our state’s diverse history is. The Hubbell House dates back to the 1860s and represents the blending of various traditions and cultures.

We need to elect a governor who honors our diversity and culture, we need someone who listens and provides a chair at the table for every single New Mexican, we need Jeff Apodaca.

Frances Ray, former President, Democratic Women of Bernalillo County

Sheriff Marco V. Lucero

As the Sheriff of Los Alamos County, I would like to express my strong support of Jeff Apodaca in his bid to be the next Governor of New Mexico.

I grew up with Jeff and have known him, his values, and his character since we were 12 years old. Together we attended junior high through our college days at the University of New Mexico. Jeff was presented with some very difficult circumstances while he was young, and his unwavering faith and strength helped him overcome cancer. This is a true testament to his character.

Mr. Apodaca’s plan to educate, train and retain the youth in our state by providing them with opportunities to earn a decent living is innovative – and will work to move our state forward.

These are just a few reasons why I’m endorsing Jeff Apodaca for Governor of New Mexico.

As the father of two young boys, Jeff is truly invested in our state and has a plan that will bring us from one of the worst to being one of the best. Jeff believes that it is not the responsibility of Washington, D.C. to care for New Mexico, but that it is our own work and dedication that will turn New Mexico around.

Take responsibility for our state and invest in Apodaca’s campaign for Governor.

I hereby endorse Jeff Apodaca to be our next governor in the state of New Mexico.

Marco V. Lucero, Sheriff of Los Alamos County

Alfredo Vigil, M.D.

There are many reasons for this sad state of affairs, but it is obvious to all that the lack of effective leadership is the main factor. Difficult problems require sound, effective solutions generated by wise leaders. Jeff Apodaca is giving the citizens of New Mexico the opportunity to turn away from the empty words that are so commonly offered by many of our political leaders, to offer the leadership we deserve– leadership that will implement REAL solutions to our very real problems.

Jeff has already zeroed-in on critical issues like developing economic infrastructure, improving the education we provide our children, and expanding the healthcare system. This shows that he knows how to recognize the true priorities that will improve our lives. These ideas are a big difference compared to the foolish promises we were offered in 2010 like “selling the jet”.

Alfredo Vigil, M.D., former Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Department of Health

The Party of Reason and Progress (PORP)

Party of Reason and Progress Official SealWe are proud to endorse Jeff Apodaca who is running for Governor of New Mexico. Jeff is an exemplary candidate. His platform includes the need for education reform in NM, creating clean energy, and family/medical leave protections. We strongly encourage the people of New Mexico to look into his campaign and support him as New Mexico’s next Governor. Help Jeff bring BIG IDEAS and MAJOR CHANGE to New Mexico.

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John Owens, The Party of Reason and Progress (PORP)

LaDonna Harris

I am a member of the Comanche Nation and the President of Americans for Indian Opportunity. I was also an honorary co-chair and a speaker at the Women’s March on Washington D.C. That is why I am so passionate about the issues facing our state today.

New Mexico is 50th when it comes to our children and the economy. We need someone who will invest in job creation for our kids, our schools and our communities.

Jeff might be from a political family, but he looks at the issues from a fresh perspective and comes up with real solutions to turn New Mexico around. We need a governor who won’t rely on Washington anymore, we need Jeff Apodaca.

Jeff has the answers to solve New Mexico’s problems and is the type of candidate who will invest in you and me. I invite you to join me in supporting his candidacy for governor.

Jeff has the vision we need.

LaDonna Harris, President of Americans for Indian Opportunity

Sam Donaldson

Jeff Apodaca is the leader I think should be our next governor. We’re last among the states in education, we’re last in overall health care, we’re last in meaningful job creation. We’re first in violent crime among the states per capita. He has a plan as a successful businessman to try to solve all of these problems. And in addition to having a plan, he’s the kind of leader who does not work to divide people, but to bring us together.

Sam Donaldson, former ABC News anchor and White House correspondent

Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa

New Mexico deserves leaders who are committed to service — which is why I wanted to reach out to you about my dear friend, Jeff Apodaca.

I am so grateful for Jeff’s dedication to children and families with his campaign to be governor of New Mexico.

While Jeff is devoted to his own faith, our entire Sikh community came together to pray for Jeff while he was undergoing chemotherapy during his battle with cancer as a teenager. Let’s all come together again to aid Jeff on his mission to turn New Mexico around.

I know Jeff will serve all New Mexicans, especially those in the most need, and bring health, happiness and prosperity to our wonderful state. I am happy to be able to say I support Jeff’s campaign in all his efforts.

May God guide him as he dedicates himself to selfless service.

Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, Chief Religious Minister Sikh Dharma International

Lilly Ledbetter

I am honored to endorse Jeff Apodaca for Governor of New Mexico because he is the only candidate talking about pay equity for New Mexico women and reinstating the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Not only will Jeff restore funding, he will prioritize the full mandates of the office with full staffing and appoint a board of commissioners dedicated to supporting gender-specific services that will have a positive impact on women and girls.

There is no single greater investment that we can make as a nation to support our youth than to ensure they are given every opportunity to succeed, that is why Jeff will fully support funding for year-round preschool for every child in New Mexico.

Lilly Ledbetter, advocate for women’s equality and inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

Mary Molina Mescall

My name is Mary Molina Mescall and I am proud to endorse Jeff Apodaca for Governor of New Mexico. I support Jeff for many reasons, but my focus is on Jeff’s support for women and families in New Mexico.

As the former Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, I am deeply familiar with the important role that women play in our economy, our communities and our families.

Jeff Apodaca has announced his commitment to fair pay for New Mexican women.

Currently, in New Mexico, working women are ranked at the 3rd worst poverty rate in the nation. In New Mexico, if women earned the same pay as their male counterparts, the poverty rate would be cut in half – this would have a dramatic impact on the lives of New Mexico children who are even worse off than their mothers.

Pay equity is not a radical idea – it is an idea whose time has come. It will take someone with political courage like Jeff Apodaca to break the cycle of old ideas and stale thinking that has kept New Mexico at the bottom of too many statistics.

I love New Mexico and I believe better days are to come. Join me in supporting Jeff Apodaca for Governor of New Mexico – someone who will create a new paradigm shift – a fresh, young and empathetic approach to state government – it’s time.

Mary Molina Mescall

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Jeff Apodaca, New Mexico Governor 2018
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We need to bring major change to New Mexico

did you know?

New Mexico sits on $23 billion dollars in “rainy day” funds

Jeff will invest 5% of our money (a billion dollars) back into our state's economy to create jobs, improve our schools, and ensure everyone has access to affordable health care.

NM is 50th in Job Creation, 50th in Education, & Violent Crime is Rising.

Career politicians have failed us. We need real change in New Mexico. Jeff has a plan to turn our state around.

Together, we can create 225,000 new jobs.

Read Jeff’s Turn Around New Mexico Plan and see for yourself how Jeff plans to grow our economy and create family-supporting jobs

New Mexico Elections - Running for Governor 2018

Get In Touch

Albuquerque Campaign Headquarters
8300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Contact: Rafael Reyes 1-505-363-5885

South Valley, Albuquerque
Campaign Headquarters

2711 Isleta SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Contact: Stella Padilla 1-505-920-2861

Farmington Campaign Headquarters
315 N Auburn Ave (at Paddock Caterers)
Farmington, NM 87401
Contact: Pete Valencia 1-505-401-1459

Santa Fe Campaign Headquarters
2019 Galisteo Street, Suite 4E
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Contact: Marlene Schwalje 1-505-577-4613

Las Cruces Campaign Headquarters
136 S. Water Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Contact: Joann Vullo 1-915-490-5786

Official Mailing Address
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Albuquerque, NM 87113 | 1-505-433-7160

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