Why I want to continue to be your voice.
It has been an honor to serve as your New Mexico State Senator for the last eight years, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together so far. Now, with a new governor in office, we have a historic opportunity to strengthen the progress we’ve made and to expand on key areas that are particularly important for our district.
I am driven to make a difference for people. I ran for office, and am running again, because children can’t vote, and so they need a voice speaking on their behalf in Santa Fe. I also want to make the world a better place for those who work hard and want to get ahead but are held back by the systems that work against them. I want to be a voice for the environment—ensuring that we can live a good and sustainable life without destroying our natural heritage. I am not motivated by money, title, or fame. I just want to do good for you and your family.
The three issues that I care the most about…
Voters in New Mexico, and especially in Dona Ana County, are fortunate to have very dedicated public servants working to insure your vote will be counted in this very important election. The health and safety of every voter, election official, poll worker and the community at large is being taken into consideration as they plan for Early Voting and Election Day, November 3, 2020. All COVID 19 precautions will be observed at all voting locations.
Absentee Voting is a great alternative to voting in person
To request your Absentee Ballot now, go to the Secretary of State’s website.
You will receive a confirmation email and ballots will be mailed out starting October 6th.
Starting Monday, September 14th the Dona Ana County Clerk’s office will be mailing Absentee Ballot applications to all currently registered voters. There is an extra step to fulfill if you choose to use this method. After you fill in the application you received in the mail, you will need to mail it back to the County Clerk’s office for processing. You can verify your application was received and processed by going to NMVote.org. Once all is in order, your Absentee Ballot will be mailed to you…. again starting on October 6th.
The last day you can request an Absentee Ballot is Tuesday, October 20th.
Options for Returning your completed Absentee Ballot
If you choose to return your completed Absentee Ballot by mail, PLEASE do not delay. Return it as soon as you complete your ballot. Remember to read and follow all the instructions. If you have any questions please call Dona Ana County Clerk @575-647-7428 and they will be happy to walk you through filling out the ballot and return envelope. The New Mexico Secretary of State recommends you mail your ballot no later than Tuesday, October 27th in order to be received by Election Day, November 3rd. Do not wait. Mail your ballot as soon as you have it completed. There is no need for postage. The envelope is pre-stamped with the proper postage.
You can personally return your completed Absentee Ballot at any Voting Convenience Center during Early Voting or on Election Day. For a full list of all locations and times see below. All Absentee Ballots must be received no later than 7:00pm on Election Day, November 3rd.
IN PERSON VOTING OPTIONS for EARLY VOTING
TO VOTE EARLY IN PERSON
The earliest In Person voting begins on Tuesday, October 6th at the Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd during normal business hours 8-5, Monday – Friday. This option is available through Friday, October 30th. On Saturday, October 31st the Government Center will be open from 10:00am – 6:00pm
Voting Convenience Centers open for EARLY VOTING on Saturday, October 17th 11:00am – 7:-00pm; Tuesdays-Saturdays, October 17th – October 31st
- Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St
- NMSU Corbett Center on NMSU Main campus in Las Cruces
- Sonoma Elementary School 4201 Northrise Drive in Las Cruces
- Anthony City Hall, 802 HIghway 478 in Anthony
- Dona Ana Community College – Sunland Park branch, 3365 McNutt Road in Sunland Park
- Delores C. Wright Educational Center, 400 E. Lisa Drive, Chaparral
- Hatch High School 170 E Herrera Road, Hatch
ELECTION DAY TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3rd – 7:00AM – 7:00PM
Find a complete list of Voting Convenience Centers open on Election Day, here. You can vote In Person or deliver your Absentee Ballot to any of these locations. All ballots must be received by 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.
DO YOU / SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE?
Register to vote online now. The last day to register and be able to vote in this year’s election is Saturday, October 31st and can be done at any of the Voting Convenience Centers.
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William “Bill” Soules, PhD is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate representing District 37 since January 15, 2013.
Soules earned his BA and MA in psychology from New Mexico State University. He also earned his interdisciplinary PhD from NMSU with a degree that spans the fields of education and psychology. He taught in the Las Cruces Public Schools for 16 years, and has served as President of the New Mexico School Board Association. Soules also served on the Las Cruces School Board for eight years. He has taught introductory psychology, developmental psychology, AP psychology, AP statistics, math, and graduate school administration courses. Senator Soules is a champion of the data-driven and cross-sector prevention of adverse childhood experiences to ensure all students have access to the services needed to be safe and succeed within schools. In his legislative role, he serves as an education commissioner for New Mexico at the Education Commission of the States. He has made numerous presentations at the local, state, national, and international level as well as at legislative conferences and meetings.
Soules Has Served As:
- Chair of the Senate Education Committee (Current position)
- Chair of the Public Schools Capital Outlay Oversight Task Force (Current position)
- Representative for New Mexico at the Western Interstate Consortium on Higher Education (WICHE)
- Early childhood fellow with the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) and several education task forces
- Chair and Vice Chair of the Education Committee of the Council of State Governments – West (CSG-W)
- Member of the Border Legislative Council, which brings together legislators from the border states of Mexico and the United States to discuss common issues
- President of the New Mexico School Board Association (2000)
- Member of the Las Cruces School Board (1992-2000)
I’m a “homegrown” resident of the Mesilla Valley. My parents moved to Las Cruces in the mid-1950s, and I was born shortly after at what is now Memorial Medical Center. My passion for public education probably can be traced back to my first day of first grade through graduation from Las Cruces High School–public education all the way. After high school, it was on to New Mexico State University for my undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Outside of teaching and working in the legislature, I enjoy woodworking, which I learned in shop class at Las Cruces High School. I’m an avid diver, and was first certified while attending NMSU. I also love seeing our beautiful New Mexico from the air, which I’ve been doing since 1977, when I was fortunate to have the opportunity to earn my pilot’s license.
His past professional experiences include:
- Assistant Provost for Student Services at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad
- Elementary school principal in the Las Cruces and Hatch Valley Schools
- Middle school principal at the Cobré Schools
- Faculty and staff at the College of Education at New Mexico State University
I look forward to hearing any idea, issue, concern or a compliment you may have. And if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please let us know in your message and we’d love to have you on our team!