FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Santa Fe, N.M. — Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund (CVNMAF) and the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced today that Sandra Jeff has been named to the “Dirty Dozen in the States” for the second time. Modeled after LCV’s trademark federal “Dirty Dozen,” the state version highlights 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates from around the country who state LCVs are working to defeat.

“Sandra Jeff’s record made her an obvious choice for this list of dubious distinction,” said Ben Shelton, CVNM Political and Legislative Director.  “By naming Sandra Jeff to the ‘Dirty Dozen in the States,’ we are highlighting her misguided priorities for Senate District 22.”

During her time as a NM state representative, Sandra Jeff established her record as an unquestionably anti-conservation legislator, exemplified by her 2013-2014 score of 28% in CVNM’s Conservation Scorecard. Jeff was first named to the “Dirty Dozen in the States” in 2014.

“This past year we’ve seen some tremendous progress on building our clean energy future at the state level,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters. “While that progress has not been uniform, we have seen states pass legislation that will accelerate the transition to renewable, clean energy. Defeating anti-environmental candidates like Sandra Jeff in New Mexico is how we build pro-conservation majorities that lead to these kinds of successes.”

Sandra Jeff earned inclusion on this list by taking anti-conservation stances as a public official, such as the following:

  • Despite being Navajo, Jeff has not supported the community’s attempts to clean up legacy uranium waste that impacts their air, land, water and health. The largest release of radioactive material happened in Church Rock, New Mexico – one of the communities in Senate District 22. The Navajo have been decimated by cancers related to legacy uranium pollution. Cancers related to uranium have wiped out generations of Navajo, and continue today.
  • In 2013, Jeff cast key votes against establishing private rights of action for violation of state environmental laws (HB 429), and in favor of privatizing key public services (HB 405), among other bad votes. See her full slate of votes on CVNM’s Conservation Scorecard.

LCV is working with its 30 state league partners to determine this election cycle’s “Dirty Dozen in the States.” The candidates named are some of the most anti-environment politicians running in competitive state-level races for governor, state senate or state house this cycle.

The “Dirty Dozen in the States” is modeled after LCV’s “Dirty Dozen,” which has targeted candidates for federal office (with occasional exceptions)— regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against the environment, and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. LCV has named candidates to the dirty dozen for twenty years. Last cycle, LCV defeated seven of the twelve “Dirty Dozen” candidates.

Contact: Liliana Castillo, 505-992-8683 or Liliana@CVNM.org

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