Tuesday night Albuquerque Democrat Melanie Stansbury celebrated her victory with a crowd chanting her name after winning the congressional seat left open when Deb Haaland was asked to serve as President’s Biden’s Interior Secretary.
Stansbury flouted her Albuquerque roots and a working-class upbringing through the campaign and during a victory speech at Hotel Albuquerque.
She talked about her family working heavy equipment and working in education. She, too, has a history in education as a former ecology teacher for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Stansbury later spent years in Washington D.C. as an aid to Senator Maria Cantwell from Washington state, and as a staffer with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources before returning home to win two consecutive terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives.
These experiences helped shape her policy goals. To the election night watch party crowd she said, “We must restore our country’s faith in science, democracy, and good government.”
On a message on her campaign website, Stansbury said that since the COVID-19 pandemic began she’s focused on helping to provide basic needs to her community like food and water, unemployment and small business benefits, and raising money for relief.
Near the end of her speach in the Hotel Albuquerque ballroom, she said she would take the rest of the night off with a shout to her supporters, "Let's celebraaaaaaate!"