Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: University of New Mexico

Contact Us

Director: Barbara Reyes, PhD


MSC02 1680
1 University of New Mexico
1829 Sigma Chi Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
phone: 505/277-2965
fax: 505/212-0342


Ready to Run

Research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive and accessible, but too few women serve. In 2014, only 18.5% of US Congress was female, and women held only 28.6% of state legislative seats in New Mexico.

Ready to Run NM seeks to address the underrepresentation of women in public office in the state through an innovative curriculum that incorporates the political culture of the state. The program presents state and local campaign experts to highlight the specifics of running for public office. The program seeks to demystify the process of running for elected office, encourage more women to mount campaigns, and introduce them to elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, and party officials in the state to whom they can turn as they get ready to run.

Ready to Run NM program attendees walk away with...

  • “How to” instructions on running for office
  • Fundraising and media skills
  • Real-world advice and best practices from experts
  • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
  • Inspiration to launch a campaign
  • A better understanding of party politics
  • Internet strategies for political campaigns

Come Join US for Ready to Run NM 2015!!

Our tentative agenda is as follows:

Friday, April 10, 2015 (MCM Elegante Hotel, Albuquerque, NM)
Welcome Dinner & Keynote Address
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
6:00 PM – Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address

Saturday April 11, 2015 (MCM Elegante Hotel, Albuquerque, NM)
8:15-9:00 AM                    Registration and Breakfast
9:00-10:15 AM                  Welcome Back / Morning Plenary
10:15-10:30 AM                Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM       Breakout Sessions
                           Breakout Session 1                               
Track 1: Launching Your Campaign
Track 2: Pathways to Public Life
12:00-1:00 PM                  Lunch & Networking
1:00-2:00 PM                    Luncheon Plenary
2:00-2:15 PM                    Break
2:15-3:45 PM                    Breakout Sessions
                           Breakout Session 2                               
Track 1: Delivering Your Message: Platforms, Interviews & PR
Track 2: Navigating New Mexico Networks: Parties & Organizations
3:45-4:00 PM                    Break
4:00-4:30 PM                    Closing Session

List of speakers and panelists include the following:
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham
Jane Powdrell-Culbert, State Representataive
Deborah A. Armstrong, State Representative
Angie M. Poss, Democratic campaign consultant
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Bernalillo County Clerk
Maggie Hart Stebbins, Bernalillo County Clerk
Linda Vanzi, NM Court of Appeals Judge
Karen McDaniel Wentworth, University Communication Representative, Communication and Marketing, UNM
Elaine Miller, NM Federation of Republican Women
Viki Harrison, Common Cause
Amy Sanchez Fonseca, Campaign Consultant
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM Representative, City Councilor and candidate for Congress
Janet Blair, Public Information Specialist
Meredith Dixon, Finance and Fund Raising Expert
Pam Cordova, Vice President, NM Federation of Democratic Women
Jennifer McDaniel, Makeup Artist

All participants will be given a handbook of training materials and election information.

Registration: Students = $25; Other Participants = $50 * See brochure. See flyer

To register, please download, fill in, save registration form and email to; fax to 505-212-0342 or mail to Maurice Kivlighan, 1829 Sigma Chi Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131. Checks should be made out to the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute. Payment by credit card can be made by clicking here.

Visit this website often as event updates will be posted. Call 505-277-2965 if you have any questions.

Read below to see the 2013 and 2014 experience.

The 2014 Ready to Run New Mexico training conference held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2014 was well attended and a great success.

Former New Mexico Lt. Governor Diane Denish delivered the Keynote Address at the Welcome Dinner, which was held at the MCM Elegante Hotel on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Representative Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert spoke at the Saturday morning plenary on the subject “Running for Public Office: Why I Did and Why You Should Too.”

Senator Dede Feldman spoke during the lunch plenary on the subject "The Life of a Candidate: In Search of Votes and Money."

Closing Plenary: "Balancing Public and Private Life" was delivered by The Honorable Sharon Clahchischilliage, NM State Representative, District 4, San Juan County.

Thank you to all who participated as presenters and speakers. For a complete list of speakers, please see the Saturday agenda. click here. 2014 Ready to Run Photos.

The 2013 and first event was a success. Read list of presenters here and view photos. Read the inspiring speech delivered by Former New Mexico State Senator Dede Feldman.

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Donations for the Ready to Run NM Program are gladly accepted through the UNM Foundation.
Instructions for donating:

1. Click on donate now.
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3. In "Add Comments on this Gift" box type in "Ready to Run."
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