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"Are you listening. Hey, everyone. This is Kelly with two broads talking politics. And today we're looking at the politics of New Mexico, and I am joined by Mark Ellison who is the chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. I Mark hard Kelly. Thanks so much for joining me. Thanks for having me. It's nice to be with you. Yes. So I have some questions for you about New Mexico, but maybe to start, could you just give us a little sense of your background in in politics? So, yes, I've spent my working career fighting for New Mexico kids and families, especially those that were given the best start in life, and I've seen how the system helps families and how it hurts them. After I retired from that time, I got really involved in politics. I led the Obama campaign in two thousand twelve in my county, and after that became county chair and had the opportunity to see how things work from the ground up. So I've been sin. Became state chair. I've been taking what I learned it my county level together with everything. Great. That's going on all over the state, and we're developing really exciting and outstanding grassroots campaign in Mexico. I don't know if you know much about Mexico, but we're the fifth largest state in the country you geographically, and we've got some little less than two million people. So we've got a lot of wide open spaces, a lot of territory to cover rural areas, and then a couple of three urban areas as well. New Mexico is the place where they make western movies just to give you an idea of our landscape. Okay. So it looks to me at least on papers, looking at the numbers and things like New Mexico is one of the states that's most quickly sort of shifting toward the Democratic Party. For instance, in the state House, Democrats, Scott control in twenty sixteen, you know where a lot of states in the midwest, especially. Seem to be shifting more toward the Republicans. Talk about that more. You know, as that your sense as well, what do you see going on in the sort of partisan affiliation? So I'm two thousand eighteen in New Mexico's really unprecedented. We're not taking any racer granted and we're treating every races winnable and worth fighting for. We have a long tradition of strong Democrats in New Mexico. We've lapsed in the last few years, and I feel like we're just returning to our tradition and fighting for the people by taking back the governor's governorship. And securing our lead in the state house and Senate, and the house is up this year and electing are upstanding candidates up and down the ballot. We're, we've been pretty blue of, we sort of a little bit trending to purple, but we aim to be true blue this year with an we have a lot of opportunity to make that happen. So it it also looks like you have just a ton of women running this year. I in the state legislature level, and then of course the the governor seat not little bit about kind of the that rise of more women running for office.."