Santa Fe, NM — Brett Kokinadis, the newest member of the GOP and Founder of New Mexico Democrats for Democracy, announces candidacy for Congressional District 3.
Kokinadis, founder of New Mexico Democrats for Democracy
(NMD4D), on Monday, changed his party affiliation to Republican, saying, “I see this as an opportunity – an olive branch – to unite New Mexicans. Many politicians talk about working across the aisle; I’m jumping across it to build a bridge for New Mexico’s future.”
“Imagine Brett for Congress is a campaign for all New Mexicans, especially those tired of the far sided party rhetoric and mantras. It’s time to come together and get to work for New Mexico and address the issues at home.”
Kokinadis said he believes his platform will resonate well with constituents in Congressional District 3, which serves the demographically diverse northern half of New Mexico, including Santa Fe.
“Land ownership and water rights, economic development and jobs, infrastructure, bridging the digital divide so every child can thrive, healthcare equality, and restructuring the tax code so middle-income New Mexicans can keep more of their hard-earned money, top my list of priorities,” Kokinadis said. “Whether you are a rancher, farmer, teacher, coal mine operator, business owner, or parent, these issues affect you.”
Kokinadis and NMD4D
gained widespread attention during the 2018 election cycle and came under heavy scrutiny for holding candidates of all party affiliations accountable to their respective platforms and vision for New Mexico’s future.
“I was accused of attacking the Democrat Party because I was talking about policy, facts, and vision, or lack thereof, of all candidates, regardless of political affiliation. I didn’t buy into the mantras, the division, and hate.”
“As a gay man, I care about a platform of equality and opportunity for every New Mexican, but more importantly a clearly executable plan for our state and nation. I hoped through our efforts candidates would rise to the occasion to focus on the issues that impact New Mexico families. I was pushed out of the Democrat Party for talking facts.
As party leaders continue to drive a wedge across our nation, I want the focus to be about finding commonality.”