FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Contact: Ben Shelton, ben@cvnm.org or 505-992-8683

Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund Endorses Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham To Be New Mexico’s Next Governor

SANTA FE, NM – Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund (CVNM Action Fund) is proud to endorse Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham to be the next governor of New Mexico. We need a bold new beginning after nearly seven years of the worst anti-environment governor our state has ever seen. By endorsing early, CVNM Action Fund can ensure the environmental issues we advocate for alongside our statewide membership are up front and center for Rep. Lujan Grisham’s winning campaign.

“Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund has a proud history of fighting to defend and protect New Mexico’s precious natural resources,” Rep. Lujan Grisham notes. “I am honored to have their endorsement and to continue the fight to ensure that conservation values will have a place in the governor’s office. Clean air, clean water, and protected lands aren’t luxuries–they are necessities for our families and their future. As governor, I will work tirelessly to safeguard our environment, just like I have throughout my entire career, while making the investments necessary to ensure New Mexico leads the nation in clean energy production.”

The federal government is currently run by anti-conservation forces that have demonstrated over and over again that they serve industry instead of hard working families. On top of that, our current governor, Susana Martinez, has repeatedly and aggressively championed polluting industries at the expense of the health and safety of New Mexicans.

“It is critical that we have strong leadership here in New Mexico, where our indigenous, Latino and immigrant communities are disproportionately affected by Trump’s free pass to industry to pollute our air, land and water and harm healthy communities,” says Demis Foster, CVNM Action Fund Executive Director. “In the face of unprecedented threats to clean water, public lands, a clean energy economy and our climate, the people of CVNM Action Fund know it is critical that our next governor have a strong vision for a sustainable economy that prioritizes community investment and uplifts everyday New Mexicans. Rep. Lujan Grisham is that leader.”

“Strong communities don’t just have clean air and drinkable water – they are communities that offer economic growth, quality schools, safe streets and opportunities for growth. It is in understanding, articulating and confronting this complex reality where Rep. Lujan Grisham separated herself from others in the field during the course of our endorsement process,” added Foster. “Rep. Lujan Grisham has demonstrated her commitment to a sustainable and healthy future for our families in many ways, including her 100% score in our national partner the League of Conservation Voters’ 2016 annual Scorecard.”

For interviews with CVNM Action Fund’s Executive Director Demis Foster or Political Director Ben Shelton, please email Ben Shelton at ben@cvnm.org or call 505-992-8683.

Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund (CVNM Action Fund) is a nonpartisan “coordinated” political action committee (PAC) that works to elect pro-conservation candidates and to defeat anti-conservation candidates at the state level up to the amount allowed by New Mexico campaign finance laws.Through our work with CVNM Action Fund, we let voters know that—for New Mexico’s air, land, water and communities—who we elect matters.

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