The New Mexico Politico was founded in 2005 by Aaron Henry Diaz as a running commentary on news, politics, and culture in New Mexico and the Nation. The blog would soon lead him to political campaign work specializing in grassroots organization and media relations. Diaz has also been involved in broadcast radio as a producer and host of various programs in the news talk format heard in the Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Southeast New Mexico markets.

Looking to resurrect and expand, Diaz invited Dax Contreras to come aboard as News Editor and Digital Director, overseeing the complete overhaul and redesign of the New Mexico Politico. Contreras brings a background in digital marketing as well as extensive experience in the political arena having worked as a political strategist in races across the country.  Diaz also brought on board attorney and 2014 U.S senate candidate David Clements to provide an additional voice on politics and culture in the Land of Enchantment.  Clements’ unique understanding of grassroots electoral politics is a welcomed addition to the New Mexico Politico team.

Our goal is to feature fresh voices, perspectives, and data along with special coverage of topics that, by design, are usually overlooked or ignored by corporate media, pundits and politicos. Join the most meaningful conversations impacting our beloved Land of Enchantment. We aspire to provide an independent, organic and intellectually honest source of liberty oriented ideas, policies, and solutions that honors our heritage while preserving opportunity for future generations to live in a truly voluntary and free society.

Contreras and Diaz both grew up in the Mesilla Valley; they are now based in, respectively, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Clements lives in both Las Cruces and Ruidoso.

Our team

Aaron Henry Diaz

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

An 11th generation New Mexican, Aaron Henry Diaz is a proud descendant of Mesilla Valley founding families. Diaz’s experience in politics includes grassroots organization, strategy, research and media relations. He also has a background in broadcast radio production and hosting of syndicated, prime time programs for the news talk format in all major New Mexico markets. He is completing a bachelors in Political Science and History from Texas Tech University. Diaz and his brothers operate a business with interests in the sustainability and roofing industries.

Twitter: @ahdiaz

Dax Contreras

Digital Director & News Editor

Dax is the Digital Director, Editor, and contributor for The New Mexico Politico. He has worked in government affairs, data analytics, and public relations for over 15 years and is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a background in Finance, Marketing, and Risk Management. He works as a wholesale energy trader and is currently pursuing a MS in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State while moonlighting as a political strategist.

Twitter: @daxcontreras

David Clements

Chief Legal Analyst & News Editor

David K. Clements, J.D., is a professor of business law at NMSU, and serves as a trial consultant for civil litigation firms. David was elected as a national presidential delegate, Republican Party county chairman, and appointment as NM State Chairman for the Johnson-Weld Presidential ticket.  David ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 as the liberty option, rallying a unique coalition of pan-conservatives, constitutionalists, libertarians, and disenfranchised Kennedy democrats.  His opinions are his own, and may not reflect those of the regents or administration of NMSU, his clients, or colleagues.