Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), through its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund, endorsed incumbent Commissioner Harry Browne in the 2020 primary election for the Grant County Commission.

“Harry Browne is a key voice for environmental and conservation values in Grant County and on the County Commission,” said Ben Shelton, Political and Policy Director for CVNM. “In recent years, there have been aggressive attacks on environmental policies by the oil and gas industry. Commissioner Browne has deep conservation principles and stood firm in supporting the community-based alternative to the failed New Mexico Central Arizona Project proposal to divert the Gila River. The community plan would protect the Gila and its critical role in the outdoor recreation economy and provide sustainable irrigation and municipal water supplies.”

CVNM Action Fund also endorsed Siah Correa Hemphill for State Senate District 28. Siah is an educator with deep conservation values, and brings a community grounded approach to the policy process. CVNM and CVNM Action Fund are working for state representation that reflects New Mexicans’ shared values for protecting our air, land and water.

At the federal level, the Trump administration is dismantling bedrock environmental protections. The impacts of these reckless decisions are felt directly by our families and communities. The current pandemic is also serving as a wakeup call to our leaders about the importance of a clean and healthy environment and the value of outdoor recreation. Local leaders like Commissioner Harry Browne and Siah Correa Hemphill are needed now more than ever.


About CVNM Action Fund

Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund, the connected state political action committee of Conservation Voters New Mexico, is a nonpartisan “coordinated” political action committee. CVNM Action Fund works to elect pro-conservation candidates and to defeat anti-conservation candidates at the state level. Through our work with CVNM Action Fund, we let voters know that who we elect matters for New Mexico’s air, land water and healthy communities.

CVNM Action Fund does not endorse in uncontested races. The endorsements listed above are for the primary election only. General election endorsements will be announced at a later date. For more information on our endorsement process, please read CVNM Action Fund Endorsement Policies.