We are in the throes of one of the most important elections in our state’s history. Even in the face of unprecedented daily assaults from the Trump administration on our air, land, water and wildlife, we are working hard to elect conservation champions to protect the people and communities of our state.

Elections are changing, and environmental issues are no longer on the fringe.  Protecting our communities and vital natural resources are at the core of our states’ economy and health. Our CVNM Action Fund endorsed gubernatorial candidate Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham wants New Mexico to be “the greenest state in the country,” and she’s standing up for our issues by keeping renewable energy and healthy communities at the forefront of her campaign.

We have been working in close partnership with communities to make sure our endorsed candidates reflect our people’s deeply-rooted conservation values in our state. In this pivotal election year, we have the opportunity to elect pro-climate champions to the Public Regulation Commission, State Land Office, the House of Representatives and the Governor’s office. If we are successful, we will be well positioned to pass proactive policies to ensure our communities thrive, such as an increase in clean, renewable energy and a statewide methane waste rule for oil and gas production. We are on the precipice of change that will be long lasting for our families and future generations. Transformational change will take all of us rolling up our sleeves. I hope you will get out and vote in the primary election on June 5th.

CVNM’s 2018 Primary Endorsements for NM House of Representatives, Public Regulation Commission and statewide offices

Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commissioner of Public Lands
Garrett VeneKlasen

NM House of Representatives
House District 13, Bernalillo – Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero
Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero has a 100% lifetime score in CVNM’s Conservation Scorecardand is an outspoken champion for her community and conservation issues. In the House, she has sponsored measures important to her community such as the Community Solar Bill (HB 338) in 2017 and the Volkswagen Settlement Memorial (HJM 6) in 2018. She is a passionate and driven advocate. New Mexico needs more champions like her and the decision to endorse her in the primary is one we are proud to make.

House District 33, Doña Ana – Micaela Cadena
Ms. Cadena is a young, progressive conservation candidate, similar to those we’ve endorsed in Dona Aña County such as Representatives Nathan Small and Angelica Rubio. She demonstrates a strong knowledge and facility with key conservation issues. Her experience in the Capitol as an advocate with Young Women United gives us confidence she’ll be able to hit the ground running. Other candidates in this primary also profiled well on our issues, but Ms. Cadena’s credentials and knowledge stood out.

House District 40, Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, and San Miguel – Paula Garcia
Ms. Garcia is the executive director of the New Mexico Acequia Association which gives her a unique perspective on conservation issues. The acequia tradition in New Mexico is one of bedrock conservation traditions that weaves through the state. Adding Ms. Garcia to the legislature will provide key expertise in water management and conservation.

House District 41, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos – Susan Herrera
Not only has Ms. Herrera been paying attention to environmental issues in the legislature in recent years, but she understands the fundamental concerns driving CVNM’s legislative agenda. Her opponent, incumbent Representative Debbie Rodella has underperformed when voting on key conservation issues especially renewable energy development and oil and gas accountability, issues important in this district. Rep. Rodella’s score fell to 61% in CVNM’s 2017 Conservation Scorecard.

House District 43, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe – Pete Sheehey
Mr. Sheehey is a retired physicist and Los Alamos County Commissioner. His support for renewable energy issues and his understanding of water management and conservation put him well ahead of the rest of the candidates in the race. His record as a Los Alamos County Commissioner indicates a thoughtful and progressive approach to conservation issues. He will be an able and educated replacement for the outgoing Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

House District 46, Santa Fe – Andrea Romero
Ms. Romero represents a new generation of potential for New Mexico lawmakers. Her background and expertise in conservation issues alone would make her a clear fit for our endorsement, but she also represents the next generation of conservation leadership as someone who is inextricably connected to her district’s environmental values.

House District 52, Doña Ana – Doreen Gallegos
The last several years have seen Representative Doreen Gallegos come into her own as a conservation force in the State Capitol. Representing a district stretching from southern Dona Aña County down to Sunland Park, she’s responsible for representing an extremely diverse constituency and her facility at that task helped her rise to a leadership position as Democratic Majority Whip. Rep. Gallegos brings a history of understanding conservation issues in the State Capitol, combined with a strong recent voting history and a clearly stated desire to lead more on conservation issues.

House District 53, Doña Ana and Otero – Willie A. Madrid
Mr. Madrid represents a strong choice for conservation voters, demonstrating clear values and commitment to conservation issues in his review process. He also represents the strongest opportunity to defeat Republican incumbent Representative Ricky Little, owner of a paltry 30% lifetime score on CVNM’s Conservation Scorecard. Mr. Madrid represents a clear opportunity to upgrade the performance of this seat.

Public Regulation Commission
PRC District 4: Janene Yazzie
Ms. Yazzie is a young, progressive, indigenous woman who wants to see the transition of New Mexico’s energy economy benefit her home area of Gallup. Professionally, she’s a sustainability policy consultant and indigenous activist. The next commissioner from this district will play a pivotal role in shaping the post-coal future for the communities around the San Juan Generating Station and Ms. Yazzie’s exceptional qualifications and fresh perspective equip her to do just that.

PRC District 5: Steve Fischmann
Mr. Fischmann is a former state legislator and familiar face before the PRC. Formerly, Mr. Fischmann served as a manager at Levi-Strauss and member of CVNM’s board. He has spent the last several years as a renewable energy and children’s advocate at the Capitol building. His understanding and facility with renewable energy issues and utility regulation will make him an immediate leader on the PRC and an able ally to 2016 CVNM Action Fund endorsee Commissioner Cynthia Hall. The PRC must play an important role in helping New Mexico transition to a bold clean renewable energy future and Mr. Fischmann demonstrates the vision and expertise to execute it.

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