Pat Davis: Progressive for Congress

As head of ProgressNowNM and on the ABQ City Council, Pat is a progressive leader we know and trust

America has rarely seen a more important election.  With so much going on, who we elect matters now more than ever.

Working families have a hard time making ends meet, even though they do everything right. The cost of living keeps going up, but wages never do. As a police officer, I worked 40 hours and overtime and still couldn’t get ahead.

Six years ago, I traded in my badge to fight back.  I founded ProgresNowNM to elect more progressive leaders statewide, then joined the ABQ City Council to put progressive values into action here at home.

Now Donald Trump says America is better because corporations are making record profits and his Mar a Lago buddies are doing better than ever.  I’m heading to Washington to stand up for us – and I need your help to do it.

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Who we elect matters. Here's what I'm fighting for.

“The nightly news is like a nature walk through the Book of Revelations… It’s time to act before it’s too late.” – Vice President Al Gore

My Commitment:

  • Not to just talk about climate change, but make fighting it a top priority.
  • Extend and expand programs like the ones I used as a city councilor to help cities lead the way on our climate fight.
  • Reinvest in clean energy job credits to help students access trade jobs in clean energy (electricians, installers, machinists, engineers)
  • Fight to restore vehicle emissions standards Trump targeted for repeal
  • Partner with state legislators to update our PACE laws so homeowners can include the cost of solar in their annual home mortgage payments and transfer them to a new owner without losing out.

Climate change is the biggest challenge my generation inherited and it will be up to up to stop it. Nearly every scientist agrees (except the ones paid by the fossil fuel industry) that human activity is accelerating climate change at an almost unstoppable rate.

President Trump ceded American leadership when he announced a withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords.  But we don’t have to follow that path.

City Councilor Pat Davis announcing $51 million in new renewable energy credits for city projects, joined by Environment New Mexico, US Sen. Martin Heinrich, Councilor I. Benton, CNM solar job program instructors (2017)

Pat Davis leads $51,000,000 Albuquerque Solar Project

As a city councilor, I co-sponsored our city’s first renewable energy standard (25% by 2025) then led a team to design the state’s largest municipal solar energy program to fight climate change: $51 million in solar retrofitting to power city fire stations, libraries and the Convention Center (look for the panels this fall!).

That plan was about three things:

  • Reinvesting local taxpayer dollars into local solar companies and workers so our children don’t have to leave Albuquerque to find work.
  • Making Albuquerque a clean energy leader nationwide
  • Fighting climate change at the local level – even as President Trump walks away from progress

But the federal bond credits and innovative financing we put together are in jeopardy unless they are renewed by Congress. I’ll fight to restore them so more cities can follow Albuquerque’s lead.

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Albuquerque’s Solar Power Grab – POLITICO

Councilor Davis, Benton & Sen. Heinrich Announces $25M Solar Project to Increase Solar and Grow Local Jobs

“It’s time to stop fighting over who should have health care and recognize health care as a basic American right.” – Pat Davis 

My Commitment:

  • Co-sponsor HB676, a single-payer “Medicare for All” bill endorsed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Work with Congressional leaders to update Obamacare to hold down the rising costs of premiums by targeting insurance company profits and exploding prescription drug costs
  • Protect access to every option, including abortion, for women’s healthcare
  • Support prescription drug reform by guaranteeing access to drugs produce with American taxpayer subsidies and opening drug markets to safe foreign suppliers

Like tens-of-thousands of New Mexicans, I have a pre-existing condition. In my 20s, I had a few seizures like many people that age.  As a police officer, I had access to great healthcare and I’ve been seizure free for 15 years.  But I’ll always have to check that box that says, “Yes, I have a pre-existing condition.”

President Trump and Republican tried to cut off healthcare or price families like mine out of healthcare just to fund another tax break for the rich.  We won’t kill these bills until we take back the House in 2018 and do it by sending members ready to fight for a better healthcare deal.

Medicare for All

My grandmother is 102 years old and she still lives at home with my parents because her Medicare ensures that she never has to worry about accessing a doctor when she needs it most.

That type of dignity and security should be a basic American right and I’m headed to Congress to expand the caucus of leaders pushing for bills like HB676, the single-payer “Medicare for All” bill.

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Fighting for Women’s Health Access

Just when you thought we were done fighting this, here we go again.  The quickest way to guarantee access to preventive care, abortion rights and women’s screenings and treatment is by sending pro-choice Democrats to Congress in 2018 to take back the House.

As a city councilor, I earned a 100% score from Planned Parenthood.  As a vocal supporter of full healthcare rights, I was a target of an anti-abortion group during the campaign.  They sent graphic fliers to voters calling out my pro-choice record.

Together we fought them and won and I’ll continue to support abortion rights for women.

As head of ProgressNowNM, we joined the campaign with allied organizations to defeat an extreme new anti-abortion ballot initiative in Albuquerque in 2013.  By putting women first and having honest conversations about hard issues, we all defeated that measure and ensured that women will have access to Planned Parenthood and abortion services in our community when they need them.

But that fight isn’t over.


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