Santa Fe, NM – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund, continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our environment by endorsing candidates who will work for the future of New Mexico’s air, land, water and communities. CVNM has endorsed two Grant County Commission candidates for the June 5, 2018 primary election.

“Who we elect this year matters for the future of New Mexico’s air, land, water and communities,” says Ben Shelton, CVNM Political and Legislative Director. “Several of New Mexico’s most contentious environmental debates are playing out in Grant County like the Gila River diversion and the Air Force’s proposed low altitude training flights over the Gila National Forest. These are debates our members and supporters care about deeply. We are excited to support pro-conservation leaders at the county level who will represent their constituents’ conservation values on these issues.”

CVNM’s endorsements for Grant County Commission’s primary election are as follows:

Grant County Commission District 1: Donald “Jesse” Franklin-Owens
Jesse Franklin Owens stands out in this race for his connections to the community in his district and his strong positions on conservation issues. As a board member of the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), he has direct experience working on the vital issues surrounding the protection of the Gila River and Gila National Forest that are so important to Grant County communities. Jesse has also been the manager the local food co-op, and has been growing and selling at the local farmers market since 1994, giving him unique insight into local agricultural and water issues.

Grant County Commission District 2: Cindy Renee Provencio
Cindy’s background, training and positions on conservation issues in Grant County make her an exceptional candidate. A native of the mining district, Cindy brings a conservation ethic to the race that is deeply grounded in the values of her community. In her current position with the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, Cindy has the opportunity to be a link between Grant County communities and the county commission’s role as an advocate for the important cultural and environmental resources that are the Gila River and the Gila National Forest.

CVNM 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 visit

For interviews with CVNM, including Silver City resident and board member Larry McDaniel, please contact: Liliana Castillo at 505-819-7508 or

CVNM is a nonpartisan statewide nonprofit organization that connects the people of New Mexico to their political power to protect our air, land and water for a healthy Land of Enchantment. CVNM does this by mobilizing voters, winning elections, holding elected officials accountable and advancing responsible public policies.