Daymon Ely was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 11, 1957 but soon after moved to Phoenix, AZ where he grew up. The oldest of three siblings, he was raised by his parents Herb and E-Layn Ely. Herb is a former chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party and a practicing civil rights attorney. E-Layn was a homemaker, dedicating her life to provide for the family. Daymon’s progressive roots stem from his parents who taught him at an early age that every person has a voice and no one person deserves more than another.
A product of public schooling throughout his life, Daymon received his BA in history from Arizona State University in 1979 where he graduated with honors. He then received his Juris Doctorate from the same institution in 1982. Daymon chose to follow his father’s footsteps in practicing law because he saw how important the law can be in the lives of those who need help the most.
Having been a lawyer for 34 years and still practicing today, Daymon has focused his career on holding negligent attorneys accountable for their actions. As a trial attorney, he has worked on cases to ensure justice for those who need a voice. He led the fight against the hospital in Las Vegas, NM to ensure that the patients residing there received proper treatment. He was a lead attorney in a class action lawsuit against Crowe Paradise Holding Co. LLC where workers were being denied the full measure of their benefits. And over the years, Daymon has represented numerous children and their families who have been victims of abuse by Catholic priests.
Daymon received the Public Justice Achievement Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the NM Trial Lawyer Journal and was President of the NM Trial Lawyers Association.
From 2000-2004, Daymon served on the Sandoval County Commission and was its chair in 2004. While a county commissioner, he worked diligently on various projects that have had a lasting impact on the community. Projects like:
-Getting the county’s books back on track and passing a state audit for the first time in years
-The development of a new Health Commons which provides various healthcare needs and social benefits for low income families
-The development of a first of its kind recycling project that converted 35% of the local landfill into recycled waste
-Reorganizing the fire department so that firefighters have the necessary resources to serve the public
-Development of a coordinating transportation service that expanded the Rail Runner and made it easier for residents to access it
Daymon served on the board of the Womens’ Community Association, which is dedicated to helping women who are victims of abuse. He also served on the board of Tricklock, a local theater company. Daymon also volunteers his time at the First Choice Community Health Center in Albuquerque’s south valley where he helps low income families with consumer issues ensuring that they are not taken advantage of.
Daymon has lived in his house in Corrales for over 30 years. He has been married to Cynthia Fry, a former court of appeals judge, for 32 years. They have two children, Rachel and Asher. Daymon is a proud father of a former cub scout and was a referee at the local youth soccer league when his children were young.
Daymon was elected to the NM House of Representatives in 2016. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee, and Representative Ely is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee.