William P. Soules

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William P. Soules
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New Mexico State Senate District 37
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolLas Cruces High School
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University
Master'sNew Mexico State University
J.D.New Mexico State University
Personal
Place of birthLas Cruces, New Mexico
ProfessionHigh school Teacher
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
William P. Soules is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

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.[1]

Issues

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."[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Soules highlighted two main issues in his campaign--education and the environment.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Soules served on the following committees:

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013
Conservation
Education, Vice-chair

Elections

2012

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.[4][5]

New Mexico State Senate, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam P. Soules 52.2% 9,330
     Republican Cathey Jo Alberson 47.8% 8,557
Total Votes 17,887

Campaign donors

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.[6]

William P. Soules's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State Senate, District 37 Won $39,434
Grand Total Raised $39,434

2012

Soules won election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Soules raised a total of $39,434.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Soules’ endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Planned Parenthood New Mexico Action Fund
  • Animal Protection Voters
  • National Education Association
  • New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council

Personal

Soules has one daughter.[8]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Fischmann (D)
New Mexico State Senate District 37
2013–present
Succeeded by
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