Catherine Begaye

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Catherine Begaye
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Former candidate for
New Mexico House of Representatives, District 23
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Catherine Begaye was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 23 of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 5.7 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of 15 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were nine districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another six districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.


Campaign themes


Begaye's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

We need to raise the Minimum Wage

  • Excerpt: "A New Mexican who works full time should not live in poverty. That is why we need to raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hour. Investing in New Mexico’s children and their future means investing in their parents now."


  • Excerpt: "Manufacturing is one sector of our economy that has been hit particularly hard and the legislature should work to create incentives to keep companies like Intel here. Another sector of our economy that has been shedding jobs is government – and it shows. By investing in good government, we can afford to fully fund agencies like CYFD and provide necessary oversight to ensure the state remains a safe and prosperous place to raise a family."


  • Excerpt: "Pre-K education needs to be better funded for us to see the real benefits of investing early. When children are better prepared with the basics – the alphabet, numbers, counting – they have a solid foundation upon which to build their education. This makes the next years of reading, writing, and arithmetic, a real successful prospect."
  • Excerpt: "Every teacher puts in more than forty hours per week to make sure that they are ready to take on the noble task of educating our kids. Raising teachers' wages is not on the agenda of our Governor or her faithful supporter Paul Pacheco. If elected, I intend to support education investment on both ends: children and their teachers."



See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New Mexico House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Incumbent Paul Pacheco ran unopposed in the Republican primary, while Catherine Begaye was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Pacheco defeated Begaye in the general election.[2][3]

The New Mexico House of Representatives was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounted to 5.7 percent of the chamber. District 23 in the House was identified by Ballotpedia, the Albuquerque Journal, and Sante Fe Telegram as a battleground district would be key in determining control of the New Mexico House of Representatives. Paul Pacheco (R) defeated Catherine Begaye (D) in the general election. In the last election, Pacheco beat a Democratic newcomer by only 78 votes.[4][5]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 23 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Pacheco Incumbent 56.5% 5,139
     Democratic Catherine Begaye 43.5% 3,955
Total Votes 9,094



In 2014, Begaye's endorsements included the following:[1]

  • Conservation Voters of New Mexico
  • OLÉ
  • NEA
  • Ironworkers Local 495
  • CWA Local 7070

  • The Builidng Trades
  • AFSCME Council 18
  • IBEW Local 611
  • UFCW Local 1564
  • Teamsters Local 492

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