Committee to Elect Leslie to Congress

Who am I?

I am a community activist and attorney who has spent my career standing up for women, children, and families. I am now running for Congress against Tea Party, Republican Steve Pearce.

I know from first hand experience what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck. When I was three, my family moved to New Mexico in search of a better life. We started out living in a cramped trailer. I was one of the first in my family to go college and spent just as much time working as in class to make ends meet. After graduation I became a paralegal, and one of her mentors believed in me and convinced me to go to law school at night.

As an attorney, I spent almost my entire career as an advocate for children & battered women. I was a court assigned attorney who represented abandoned & abused children, and as a prosecutor, I went to court everyday to stand up for victims and their families.

For the past decade she has worked with her husband, a physician, to run a rural medical clinic in Alamogordo. Working with patients as helped create a greater understanding of health care in America, and has strengthened my resolve to create a better health care system in this country.

I am running for Congress to try to silence the Tea Party and bring sensible solutions to our nations capitol. I plan to use my life experiences and years in the courtroom to bring people together to create opportunity and prosperity for Southern New Mexico.

Why am I running?

I want to see our nation get back on track and put people back to work in good paying jobs that provide not only a paycheck but dignity.

I want to see the American Dream be a reality for the families throughout Southern New Mexico. Right now, with the current Republicans that are in Congress, have made the idea of the American dream into more and more of a fantasy. Without new progressive policies Congress will continue to put more and more separation between the 1% and the rest of us!

My Goals

Immigration Reform - Living in a border district I see firsthand the need for comprehensive immigration reform to reunite families and improve our economy. On this issue, Southern New Mexico families desperately want immigration reform.

Health Care Reform - I am the wife of a physician and with him we run a small, rural medical clinic. I believe that as Democrats we need to defend Obamacare and more importantly work hard to make sure it is efficiently activated and works for the people.

Protecting the Environment - Fracking has become a very hot-button issue throughout my district and across the country. I want to go to Congress to standup against the interests of oil & gas companies and ensuring that we exhaust all new options for green-energy before we consider tapping our limited natural resources.

My DFA Values

As the wife of a physician I was drawn to the campaign by Governor Dean in 2004, so I have also been a longtime supporter of health care reform and sharing progressive values.

I have always believed that "there are more that unites us as Americans, than divides us." I hope to bring the politics of community to replace the politics of divisiveness. I believe that if we can find common ground we can pass the bills needed to create a better society for many Americans.

My Campaign is People Powered!

There is no-way I will be successful without the help of grassroots progressives throughout New Mexico but also across the country. I hope to continue my outreach to progressives from coast-to-coast to make campaign victorious.

Thus far I have reached out to progressives on the popular blogging site Daily Kos. You can follow my diaries here: I've also been sure to talk about issues important to progressives such as immigration ( and banking reform (

I have also not been scared to talk about the issues important to voters in my district. I have already participated in a televised forum on immigration reform, while neither of my opponents would talk about this issue. I will not be scared to engage with voters, the media, or anyone interested in where I stand on the issues.

Voice support


  • Jack Eakman, MT
  • Pat Bonneau-white, NM
  • Delilah price Eakman
  • Ivan White, NM
  • Maryann Hendrickson, VA
  • Vince Lule

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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