Bob Perls, former New Mexico legislator and founder of the non-profit organization New Mexico Open Primaries will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral restaurant (5207 San Mateo NE.)
Open Primaries says it is a movement based on the idea that no person must be a member of a political party in order to vote. During the 2017 session of the New Mexico legislature two bills have been introduced that would allow independent voters to vote in either the democratic or republican primaries. Another bill introduced in the House of Representatives would reduce the number of signatures independent voters need to qualify to appear on the ballot.
Since many New Mexico elections are decided by the winner of a primary, and only members of a political party are allowed to participate in a primary, Perls and his organization believe this would allow many more voters to participate in the election process. Currently nearly one quarter of all registered voters in New Mexico do not belong to either of the two major parties.
Perls has an M.S. in Healthcare Management with honors. He started his own medical technology company, Monitech, Inc., at the age of 24 and sold it in 2008 after 25 years of operation. In addition, he was elected to two terms to the New Mexico House of Representatives representing parts of Sandoval County, did consulting for a Governor of New Mexico on ways to create jobs through renewable energy and ran unsuccessfully for Congress and the PRC for a total of 13 years of political, elected and campaign experience.