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Sue Wilson Beffort

Sue Wilson Beffort is a Republican politician serving in the New Mexico State Senate. She was also the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor as the running mate of John Dendahl in 2006. Beffort has a bachelors degree from Southern Methodist University. Her husband, Steve Beffort, served as General Services Secretary under Republican Governor Gary Johnson.[1]

Wilson Beffort listed her occupation on the official New Mexico Legislature website as Employment Consultant.[2] She joined the New Mexico State Senate in 1997 representing the 19th district. The district covered a swath of small communities in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Torrance Counties.


  • Lieutenant Governor Race 1
  • Breed Specific Legislation 2
  • Removal from Ballot and 2012 Re-election 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Lieutenant Governor Race

In 2006, Wilson Beffort was the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of New Mexico.[3][4] She ran as the running mate of John Dendahl after the elected gubernatorial candidate for governor was replaced by the state party. On June 17, 2006, Dr. J.R. Damron, who won the primary election to become the Republican nominee for the gubernatorial election, was pressured into resigning as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico by Republican Party chairman Allen Weh and former chairman John Dendahl .[5] Weh engaged in the effort against Damron because of supposed decreased name recognition. John Dendahl was appointed as Republican candidate for Governor by Weh and the Republican party's Central Committee. Dendahl kept Wilson Beffort as his running mate. (Wilson Beffort had won the Republican primary in June, 2006.) Dendahl and Wilson Beffort lost the election to Democrats Bill Richardson and Diane Denish.[6]

Breed Specific Legislation

In the January 2012 New Mexico Legislative session, Wilson Beffort angered dog lovers as well as the local Animal Humane society by proposing breed specific legislation (BSL). She advocated tightening the dangerous dog act by designating all pit bulls as dangerous dogs. The result of such legislation, if passed, would be that a dog could be killed as a suspect in a dog-attack rather than requiring law enforcement to investigate whether or not the animal committed the attack, as the law currently read. Protests by concerned citizens, and ultimately by the Republican Governor (Susana Martinez) took the proposed legislation out of the realm of consideration.[7] In response to Wilfort Beffort's 2012 bill, during the 2013 Legislature, Representative Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo proposed House Bill 63 that sought to prohibit municipalities and counties from enacting breed-specific regulations.[8][9] The bill passed the state House, but later died in the Senate (where Wilson Beffort was still in office) when the bill ran out of time.[10][11][12]

Removal from Ballot and 2012 Re-election

In March 2012, the New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran considered cutting Wilson Beffort's name from the election ballot, because Wilson Beffort's nominating forms were completed incorrectly.[13] By March 26, 2012, Duran allowed Wilson Beffort to remain on the ballot, along with seven others who had errors on their applications to run for office.[14] A subsequent lawsuit by Rep. Thomas Garcia (D-Ocaté) was lost, so Wilson Beffort was allowed to remain on the ballot. She ran unopposed in the June 5, 2012 Republican primary. No Democratic candidates filed to run in the general election of November 6, 2012.


  1. ^ Senate Republican Leadership Office. "Republican Senators Bio Page: Sue Wilson Beffort". Party description of senators currently serving. New Mexico State Senate Republican Leadership. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Legislative Council Service Staff. "Senator Sue Wilson Beffort - (R)". Government Publication. New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Rubel, Walter (8 October 2006). "Beffort, Denish vie for lieutenant governor". The Farmington Daily Times. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Miller, Jay (16 February 2006). "It's Great to Be a Senator". Inside the Capitol. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Damron Says Choice to Quit Was His.
  6. ^ "AmericaVotes 2006 State Races » New Mexico". 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "DANGEROUS DOG BILL". Evening News for January 14, 2012. KOAT Television News. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Herrell, Yvette. "House Bill 63". Governmental copy of proposed legislation. New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Grimm, Julie Ann (15 January 2013). "Herrell's bill prohibits banning dog breeds". Alamogordo Daily News. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Reichbach, Matthew (18 February 2013). "Bill banning breed-specific ordinancespasses House". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Legislative Council Service Staff. "2013 Regular Session HB 63 NO BREED-SPECIFIC LOCAL GOV'T DOG REGULATIONS". Government Summary of Legislation. New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "". Animal Protection Voters. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Boyd, Dan. "7 May Be Cut From Ballot". Albuquerque Journal North. Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Kolewski, M.I. "Secretary of State OK’s candidates despite their mistaken forms; Garcia says he’ll go to court UPDATE: "The rules were clear," Garcia says". Capitol Report New Mexico. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

External links

  • Senator Sue Wilson Beffort at the NM Senate website
  • New Mexico update: Governor will not “call” BSL proposal
  • Sue Wilson Beffort's page on the New Mexico Legislature's website
  • Project vote smart bio of Beffort
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