Democratic party hosts taco truck rally

Hannah Grover
hgrover@daily-times.com
At center, GloJean Todacheene, State Representative District 4 candidate, flanked by San Juan County Clerk candidate Zachariah George, left, and state Senate District 1 Candidate Rebecca Morgan, participate in a Democratic Party campaign event on Tuesday at the San Juan County Democratic Headquarters in Farmington.


FARMINGTON — Since Friday, Tacos El Rey, a taco truck owned by Gabriel Mercado Sr. and his son Gabriel Mercado Jr., has been parked outside the San Juan County Democratic headquarters.

Tacos El Rey is part of the Democratic party's response to a statement issued about two months ago by the founder of Latinos for Trump. In a television interview, Marco Gutierrez spoke about immigration in support of Donald Trump's candidacy for the office of president of the United States and warned "If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner."

Tacos El Rey has been parked as several locations throughout the county and offers tacos, breakfast burritos, burritos, quesadillas and other food. It was invited a couple weeks ago to park in front of the San Juan County Democratic Party headquarters on West Main Street across from Safeway.

Christine Mercado of Tacos El Rey, hands out orders on Tuesday during a Democratic Party campaign event at the San Juan County Democratic Headquarters in Farmington.

"San Juan County Democrats, we have our taco truck!" MP Schildmeyer, the vice president of the San Juan County Democratic Party, announced today  during the taco truck rally.

The taco truck rally was also part of the party's efforts to encourage people to vote in the election. Early voting is currently open and the general election will be Nov. 8.

"After Nov. 8, the real work begins," said GloJean Todacheene, who is running for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 4 seat.

She said the Democrats who win the election will have to work on issues like affordable health care and housing, student loans and the education system.

Sean Sharer, the chairman of the San Juan County Republican Party, said he likes that the Democrats have brought Tacos El Rey to their headquarters. Sharer said the taco truck will help educate voters about the candidates' platforms this election.

"I like informed voters," he said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

At right, Ann Schlabach looks at Taco El Rey menu on Tuesday at the San Juan County Democratic Headquarters in Farmington.