Brett Kokinadis announced Tuesday he would forgo a shot at the open northern New Mexico congressional seat and instead set his sites on the 1st Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Debra Haaland.
“I know others have announced on the Republican ticket in CD3, and I’m certain more will. It’s important that we show unity within the Republican party and have strong candidates in each race to offer voters an alternative to the reckless ultra-progressive agendas.”, Kokinadis said.
Kokinadis caught the eye of state and national Republican Party leaders when he announced at the end of April that he was running for CD3 as a newly registered Republican.
Kokinadis has been networking with party leadership, organizations across the state, and with national-level advisors. Washington D.C. Republicans are taking an interest in Kokinadis. Recently he was invited by the President’s Committee and attended President Donald Trump’s special event in Milwaukee, WI last week where he met with former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Thomas S. Ricketts Chairman of the Chicago Cubs and presidential staffers who delivered his letter to the President.
“I was encouraged by state and national Republican Party leaders to take on Deb Haaland,” said Kokinadis. “Haaland has dropped the ball by not addressing the key issues that truly impact families here at home such as solid immigration and border security plans, sound approaches to health care and drug costs, real solutions to the opioid crisis and helping small business all which rest in the hands of Congress. It appears Haaland is more focused on past issues and taking credit for other people’s efforts rather than focusing on affecting real change that impacts all New Mexicans.”
“Social media has taught us one thing, Democrats will continue to wave the promise of free, free, free to try and win your vote, but nothing is ever free. If you don’t align 100% with their agendas and mantras you’re not just wrong, they’ll tell you-you’re a bad person. I think people are pretty tired of that.”, said Kokinadis
Brett Kokinadis is an entrepreneur and founder of New Mexico Democrats for Democracy. He gained widespread attention during the 2018 election cycle and came under heavy scrutiny for holding candidates of all parties accountable to their respective platforms and vision for New Mexico’s future.
“Imagine Brett for Congress,” he says, “is a campaign for all New Mexicans, especially those who feel alienated by both parties and are tired of party rhetoric and mantras.