Lee Cotter Named to State LCVs’ “Dirty Dozen in the States”
Targets the most anti-environment state-level candidates in the country

Santa Fe, N.M. – As a key part of its electoral work this year, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its political action committee CVNM Action Fund, announced today that Senator Lee Cotter has been named to the “Dirty Dozen in the States.” 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.

“Senator Cotter’s record made him an obvious choice for this list of dubious distinction,” said Ben Shelton, CVNM Political & Legislative Director. “By naming Lee Cotter to the “Dirty Dozen in the States”, we are highlighting his misguided priorities for Senate District 36. We’re ready to inform New Mexico voters about Cotter’s positions, which threaten our clean air, water and healthy communities.”

There are many reasons Sen. Cotter has earned this distinction, and a few of them are:

  • His consistent opposition to job creating renewable energy tax measures;
  • His support of barbaric and outdated coyote killing contests;
  • Cotter has taken only one pro-conservation vote in his three years in office and has a 6% lifetime score in CVNM’s Conservation Scorecard.

Thirty state Conservation Voter partners are working 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, state LCVs defeated seven of the twelve “Dirty Dozen in the States” candidates.


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