Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), through its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund, endorsed 53 conservation champion incumbents and challengers in the 2020 general election for the state Legislature.

The list includes 33 House candidates, for eight of whom this marks their initiation into legislative politics. Among the Senate candidates, five are new to the legislative electoral process.

“This is the largest group of endorsements CVNM Action Fund has ever made,” said CVNM’s Political and Policy Director Ben Shelton. “It is a testament to how important conservation and environmental issues are for New Mexicans. We are thrilled to endorse such a large slate of candidates, incumbent and new to the process, who embrace these issues.”

The large slate of candidates just endorsed joins four additional Conservation Champion incumbents that CVNM Action Fund automatically endorsed earlier this year, along with 15 candidates, both incumbents and newcomers, who were endorsed by the Action Fund and won their primary election.

“These endorsements build on the conservation majority that won seats in the 2016 and 2018 general elections,” Shelton, added. “With the Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental rules, failure to address the Covid-19 pandemic, and blatant embrace of racism, New Mexico needs to take charge of its future. We need a Legislature that reflects New Mexico’s diverse communities, supports equity and inclusion in decision-making, and reflects our shared values for protecting our air, land and water.

CVNM Action Fund Endorsements for the 2020 General Election. Candidates marked with an * were endorsed during the primary election and won. Candidates marked with ** were early endorsed in January.

State House of Representatives:

HD 4 – Rep. Anthony Allison

HD 6 – Rep. Eliseo Alcon

HD 8 – Paul Kinzelman

HD 10 – Rep. Andrés Romero

HD 11 – Rep. Javier Martinez

HD 12 – Brittney Barreras

HD 13 – Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero **

HD 14 – Rep. Miguel Garcia **

HD 15 – Rep. Day Hochman-Vigil

HD 16 – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas

HD 17 – Rep. Debbie Armstrong *

HD 19 – Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton

HD 20 – Meredith Dixon *

HD 21 – Rep. Debra Sariñana

HD 22 – Jessica Velasquez

HD 23 – Rep. Daymon Ely

HD 24 – Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson

HD 25 – Rep. Christine Trujillo

HD 27 – Rep. Marian Matthews *

HD 28 – Rep. Melanie Stansbury

HD 29 – Rep. Joy Garratt

HD 30 – Rep. Natalie Figueroa

HD 31 – Julie Brenning

HD 33 – Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena

HD 35 – Rep. Angelica Rubio

HD 36 – Rep. Nathan Small

HD 37 – Rep. Joanne Ferrary

HD 38 – Karen Whitlock

HD 39 – Rep. Rodolpho “Rudy” Martinez

HD 40 – Roger Montoya *

HD 42 – Kristina Ortez *

HD 43 – Rep. Christine Chandler

HD 44 – Gary Tripp

HD 45 – Linda Serrato *

HD 46 – Rep. Andrea Romero

HD 47 – House Speaker Brian Egolf **

HD 50 – Rep. Matthew McQueen **

HD 51 – Jeff Swanson

HD 52 – Rep. Doreen Gallegos

HD 53 – Rep. Willie Madrid

HD 57 – Billie Helean

HD 65 – Rep. Derrick Lente *

HD 68 – Rep. Karen Bash

HD 69 – Rep. Harry Garcia

 

New Mexico State Senate:

SD 3 – Senator Shannon Pinto *

SD 5 – Leo Jaramillo

SD 8 – Senator Pete Campos *

SD 9 – Brenda McKenna *

SD 10 – Katy Duhigg *

SD 11 – Sen. Linda Lopez

SD 12 – Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino

SD 13 – Sen. Bill O’Neill

SD 14 – Sen. Michael Padilla

SD 15 – Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto

SD 16 – Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez

SD 17 – Sen. Mimi Stewart *

SD 18 – Sen. Bill Tallman

SD 19 – Claudia Risner

SD 20 – Martin Hickey

SD 21 – Athena Christodoulou

SD 22 – Sen. Benny Shendo, Jr.

SD 23 – Harold Pope, Jr.

SD 24 – Sen. Nancy Rodriguez

SD 25 – Sen. Majority Leader Peter Wirth

SD 26 – Sen. Jacob Candelaria

SD 28 – Siah Correa Hemphill *

SD 30 – Pam Cordova *

SD 31 – Sen. Joseph Cervantes

SD 35 – Neomi Martinez-Parra *

SD 36 – Sen. Jeff Steinborn

SD 37 – Sen. William “Bill” Soules

SD 38 – Carrie Hamblen *

SD 39 – Sen. Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics

 

Public Regulation Commission

  • Commissioner Cynthia Hall – District 1 seat
  • Joseph Maestas – District 3 seat

 

Grant County Commission

  • Commissioner Alicia Edwards – District 3
  • Marilyn Alcorn – District 4
  • Commissioner Harry Browne – District 5

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. For more information on our endorsement process, please read CVNM Action Fund Endorsement Policies.

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