On Thursday, a self-proclaimed “25-year-old socialist” Albuquerque Public School (APS) Board candidate, Nicholas Bevins, completely lost it when another candidate, conservative Patrick Brenner, who is running for Rio Rancho School Board, shared a survey from Opportunity for All New Mexico Kids (OAK NM) asking school board candidates from major areas to complete the questionnaire.
According to its website, “OAK NM is the statewide advocacy organization in New Mexico focused solely on building grassroots support and advocating for education choice for families and students. OAKNM’s mission is to ensure that children in New Mexico have access to an education that will help them thrive.”
After Brenner shared the link, Bevins angrily wrote, “Heads up to all candidates Patrick disgracefully just shared this link with.” Bevins erroneously claimed, “The survey is sponsored by a far right wing local organization who is pushing misinformation about critical race theory, among other issues. My personal recommendation is not to legitimize them by filling out this survey.”
The Rio Grande Foundation is a conservative organization that focuses on increasing “liberty and prosperity for all of New Mexico by informing citizens of the importance of individual freedom, limited government, and economic opportunity.”
After Brenner wrote him back with “Good luck on your campaign, Nicholas,” Bevins lost it, writing, “Patrick Brenner, you’re a Rio Grande Foundation (ultra-right wing) Trump shill. I have no patience for fascist apologists who helped create the landscape for the January 6 insurrection. Drop the niceties, my generation isn’t afraid to publically stand up to your bulls**t. Kindly go insert a cactus into any orifice of your choice.”
It is unclear what Bevins’ motives are for his unhinged, sexually explicit responses, but it may have something to do with Brenner supporting splitting up the APS Board, which has been rife with corruption for decades. Brenner believes “Albuquerque Public Schools ought to be broken into smaller districts. The monolith of APS has proven ineffective at educating our children.”
Brenner’s take goes in direct opposition to a “socialist” framework of a bigger, more bloated government structure within APS.
Bevins is running in the Seventh APS Board District after dropping out of the race for Albuquerque mayor. He was previously an at-large delegate for socialist Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign. He said,“Bernie’s leadership set my life on a trajectory of civic engagement rooted in the advocacy of human rights and opposition to the corporate oligarchy through democratic socialist ideals.”
Brenner is running in the First Rio Rancho School Board District. He currently serves as the vice president of the Rio Grande Foundation.