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Lincoln Makes Three, on to the Next One

May 16, 2018 by AFP

Momentum grows as county commissioners unanimously vote to make Lincoln the third county in New Mexico to pass right-to-work

Carrizozo, N.M. – Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) on Tuesday applauded Lincoln County commissioners for unanimously passing the right-to-work ordinance introduced by Commissioner Elaine Allen, making Lincoln the third county in New Mexico to expand workers’ rights. Sandoval and Otero counties have already passed similar right-to-work ordinances. AFP-NM has been at the forefront of the push for right-to-work policies in the state, having launched in 2017 the “New Jobs New Mexico” campaign, a multilayered grassroots campaign to educate citizens about the impact of right-to-work.


“One by one, counties across the state are beginning to understand that expanding workers’ freedom will improve our business climate and ultimately make New Mexico a better place to live, work, and raise a family. The unanimous vote underscores the surge in support for this issue in communities throughout the state, and we thank Commissioner Allen for her leadership in Lincoln County,” said AFP-NM State Director Burly Cain. “Hard-working folks in Lincoln County are on the upswing and momentum is on our side throughout the state. On to the next county.”


AFP-NM has been the most vocal advocate in the state for local governments to pass policies that empower New Mexico workers. Last September, AFP-NM launched the “New Jobs New Mexico” campaign – a robust grassroots, direct mail, and digital effort to educate citizens about the impact of right-to-work. AFP-NM first rallied in Sandoval County in August 2017, which passed Right-To-Work on January 19th, 2018. AFP-NM then mobilized in Otero County, which passed right-to-work on April 12. The group is committed to engaging across the state, county by county, to make New Mexico the next right-to-work success story.

The grassroots organization now turns its activists toward Chaves County, which has already introduced right-to-work ordinances.


“Americans for Prosperity announced its reentry into New Mexico politics about a year ago… the non-profit has been busy with its rapid fire attempt to pass right-to-work legislation, county by county.  Or, as the late U.S. Army Gen. Creighton Abrams reportedly suggested one eats an elephant—one bite at a time.” (“New right-to-work tactic: One piece at time,” NM Political Report, 4/25/18)