William P. Soules
|William P. Soules|
|New Mexico State Senate District 37|
|December 31, 2016|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|High school||Las Cruces High School|
|Bachelor's||New Mexico State University|
|Master's||New Mexico State University|
|J.D.||New Mexico State University|
|Place of birth||Las Cruces, New Mexico|
|Profession||High school Teacher|
Soules earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Psychology from New Mexico State University, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D in Education and Psychology from New Mexico State University. His professional experience includes working as an elementary school principal for Las Cruces Public Schools, as an Academic Advisor, as a professor at New Mexico State University, and as Assistant Provost of Student Services at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad.
Third grade retention
In November 2013, along with most Democrats, Soules publicly opposed the idea of retaining students who cannot read at a minimal level by the end of the third grade, while New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez supported it. "They were showing some good gains and I wouldn’t doubt it given their interventions,” Soules said, who is also a high school teacher. He added, "If anything it adds additional information that it’s huge efforts into intervention that make the difference."
Soules highlighted two main issues in his campaign--education and the environment.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Soules served on the following committees:
|New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
- See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012
Soules ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 37. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012. Soules defeated Cathey Jo Alberson in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|New Mexico State Senate, District 37, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||William P. Soules||52.2%||9,330|
|Republican||Cathey Jo Alberson||47.8%||8,557|
Comprehensive donor information for Soules is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Soules raised a total of $39,434 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.
|William P. Soules's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||New Mexico State Senate, District 37||$39,434|
|Grand Total Raised||$39,434|
2012Soules won election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Soules raised a total of $39,434.
|New Mexico State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to William P. Soules's campaign in 2012|
|New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association||$5,000|
|New Mexico Federation of Teachers||$3,500|
|New Mexico Education Association||$1,500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$39,434|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2013, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 15 to March 16. In 2014, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 21 through February 20.
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In 2012, Soules’ endorsements included the following:
- Planned Parenthood New Mexico Action Fund
- Animal Protection Voters
- National Education Association
- New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council
Soules has one daughter.
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- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 12, 2014
- WatchDog.org, "Governor, Democrats on different pages when it comes to reading standards," accessed December 9, 2013
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 12, 2014(Archived)
- followthemoney.org, "Soules, William P.," accessed May 23, 2013
- New Mexico Legislature, "Session dates," accessed July 9, 2014
Stephen Fischmann (D)
|New Mexico State Senate District 37
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