With 22 precincts and a population of over 21,000, Lincoln County is geographically large - over 4,000 square miles. Its population hub is in the southern portion of the county in the Greater Ruidoso Area. The town of Carrizozo serves as the county seat. Other towns and neighbor communities include Ruidoso Downs, Alto, Nogal, Capitan, Hondo, Corona, Glencoe, San Patricio and its namesake, Lincoln.
The current 2021 DPLC Officers include:
Richard Cintron

Originally from New York City, Richard Cintron also lived in Los Angeles for more than 20 years before moving with his family to Ruidoso in 2017 to

Claudia Armendariz
1st Vice Chair

Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Claudia Armendariz, along with her husband, Raymond, retired and moved permanently to the Ruidoso area in 2016 from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

be close to his in-laws who live in Ruidoso & Alto. 


Cintron had an exciting career as a writer/producer at MTV Networks, HBO, NBC and CBS, and had planned to get involved with the Democratic Party after moving to New Mexico. "I am so proud and excited to to elected for a second term as Chair of the Democratic Party of Lincoln County."


“2020 was an unprecedented election, and we saw levels of engagement and excitement like never before in Lincoln County. While January 6th marked a horrific and low point in our nation’s history, it was a call to action, and our phones have been ringing off the hook from residents throughout Lincoln County wanting to get involved. Please join us in our efforts to protect democracy, working families, the environment and the truth by visiting our website www.dplcnm.org, liking us on Facebook, or calling or texting the DPLC office."

Charmaine O'Rourke



Charmaine O’Rourke retired from Vinson & Elkins, Dallas Office, after 23 years working as legal secretary and document production specialist. "I feel I will be an asset to DPLC and will

work hard to deserve your vote for me. We all need to work together to continue building the Democratic Party here in Lincoln County and I promise to do my part toward that end."

Alicia Lopez

Alicia Lopez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She and her late husband Louie retired in Ruidoso in 1996. Life long Democrats!

For 25 years, Claudia had a very dynamic career as a Ground Operations Supervisor with Southwest Airlines and in 2018 returned to her beloved airline and is currently a Houston based Flight Attendant.


Ms. Armendariz has always enjoyed working with the traveling public and is passionate about living and working by the golden rule. Her hope is to help the DPLC grow by getting more Democrats involved, registered to vote and elected into all levels of NM Government.

Margo McKee
2nd Vice Chair

Margo McKee moved to Ruidoso in 2017 after retiring as an Analytical Chemist. She lived in New Mexico for about 20 years in the Four Corners area, Socorro and

Albuquerque. She also attended New Mexico Tech, receiving a BS in Psychology and an MS in Biochemistry. Worked in Albuquerque for UNM and the Scientific Laboratory. Later, Margo worked in Ohio and North Carolina where she designed, equipped and ran a lab.


When Ms. McKee retired, she chose to move back to New Mexico because Margo loves this state, "It is so beautiful and is a blending of many cultures." She was served as the President/Treasurer for Lincoln County Adult Literacy and is currently the office manager for the Democratic Party of Lincoln County headquarters. 


Margo’s motto is Coexist, "Because we all have different beliefs, but we can accept our differences and live together peacefully."