The Sierra Club’s 63 chapters hold yearly elections for their executive committees. This year, there were three spots on the Rio Grande Chapter’s Executive Committee up for election.

We also hold elections for each of our regional groups. In the Rio Grande Chapter, our groups our Northern New Mexico, Pajarito, Central New Mexico, Southern New Mexico and El Paso.

In the chapter ExCom race, four candidates ran for three open seats. The highest vote-getters were current board members Susan Martin and Ray Shortridge and newcomer Mary Hotvedt, a cultural anthropologist who recently ran for state representative in the Silver City area. Welcome Mary!

In the Northern New Mexico Group (which covers all of New Mexico north of Bernalillo County, except for the Los Alamos and Jemez areas), incumbents Alice CoxPatricia CardonaJim Klukkert and Shane Woolbright were re-elected to four open seats.

In the Pajarito Group, which covers Los Alamos and the Jemez Springs area, Howard Barnum and Iris Chung were re-elected.

In the Central New Mexico Group, incumbents Heather KlineRay Shortridge and David Ther were re-elected, while Michael Marquez, a UNM student intern with the chapter, and Mark Rudd, a well-known longtime activist, join group leadership.

In the Southern New Mexico Group, longtime volunteer leader Cheryll Blevins and Kurt Anderson were re-elected, while Amanda Munro and former N.M. Rep. Nate Cote will join the group ExCom.

Congratulations to all our continuing and new Executive Committee members!

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