For Immediate Release

April 26, 2021 (ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – Longtime party activist Ranota Banks has been hired as the first-ever paid staff person for the Libertarian Party of New Mexico. Banks will fill the role of Interim Field Director, pending a national search for a candidate.

“I’m honored to be selected to lead the LPNM’s field operations as the first-ever paid staff person for the party,” Banks said. “I intend to bring my passion for Libertarianism to all New Mexicans to mobilize more support for our rapidly growing party.”

Banks primarily will lead efforts to organize county affiliate operations throughout the state. In her role as field director, she will teach Libertarians how to set up a party affiliate in their county and grow their membership base.

Five Libertarians currently hold elected positions in New Mexico, and in 2020 the party fielded a record 24 candidates for statewide and federal office. Currently, Libertarian Chris Manning is campaigning for the U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Deb Haaland.

“New Mexicans have demonstrated their support for Libertarian principles not only by registering and voting Libertarian but through their generous financial support of the party,” said LPNM Chair Chris Luchini. “Getting into a position to hire a field director solidifies our standing in New Mexico politics, and the public can expect to see many more Libertarians on the ballot and, ultimately, in the Roundhouse in the coming years.”

Luchini says the search for a permanent field director is ongoing.

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