On Friday, the Alamogordo Daily News reported that far-left Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed perennial failed Democrat candidate Stephanie DuBois to the seat held by County Commissioner Couy Griffin. A Santa Fe state judge, using 153-year-old case law, ordered Griffin removed, although the case is still on appeal.
Despite the case remaining on appeal, the Democrat governor went ahead and appointed DuBois, a dog groomer and ex-Democratic Party of Otero County chair.
DuBois has previously failed repeatedly in the attempt to win election to the state House and Senate, Otero County Commission, Otero County Clerk’s Office, judgeships, and New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, among others going back to at least 2002, with failed elections spanning over 20 years. She appears to have been on election ballots in nearly every cycle in recent history.
The leftist candidate said on Facebook in June, “I have been endorsed by State Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero and I have received a generous donation from our Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland. These two outstanding women are my friends and I am very thankful for their support.”
An ardent supporter of abortion, she has been at rallies and other pro-abortion functions around Alamogordo.
DuBois appears to be running a joint campaign with a Democrat state representative candidate and Gabe Vasquez, a Democrat challenging Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-NM-02), despite these independent expenditures not being disclosed on campaign finance reports.
DuBois told the Daily News following her appointment, “In a very red county to appoint a Democrat is monumental.”
Despite the County’s Second Commission District voting for Griffin, a Republican, in 2018 and a 2021 recall attempt failing, the Democrat governor appointed the Democrat DuBois, who the voters have rejected repeatedly for over 20 years.
In the past. DuBois has branded special county commission meetings held to discuss stopping fraud in elections as “propaganda meetings” while bashing her Republican opponent, Amy Barela, erroneously claiming she is a supporter of “voter suppression.” She has also attacked other Republican candidates in Otero County.
DuBois, who is headed for an almost-certain election defeat in November in the conservative district, even despite incumbency, will be a lame-duck “commissioner,” only being able to sit at two County Commission meetings for November and December 2022.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.