Endorsing Strong Candidates to Promote a Strong Environment

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Nothing has a bigger impact on how we protect our natural resources than public policy. And no one has a bigger impact on public policy than the people we elect.

The Rio Grande Chapter advocates in the Legislature, city councils and county commissions, Public Regulation Commission, Water Quality Control Commission and many other important decision­making bodies. But an important part of our nonpartisan mission is to endorse candidates for elected office and work to elect those candidates. Our endorsements and the volunteer power and resources we back them up with make a real difference in elections.

Some recent successes: Electing newcomer Henry Roybal to the Santa Fe County Commission over a highly connected but pro-­industry incumbent. Henry won by less than 50 votes out of more than 10,000 and credited his victory to the Rio Grande Chapter’s efforts. Recently we endorsed Andrew Hautzinger, a pro-­conservation incumbent at the Valencia County Soil and Water District. Because of an arcane technical rule, Andrew was forced to run as a write-­in candidate ­­ and won! Our many volunteers’ efforts were also noted by Diane Gibson as the key to her victory and to turning the Albuquerque City Council back to a pro­-environment majority.

Help Elect Pro-Environment Candidates

Interested in helping candidates who will protect the environment? Contact Susan Martin, smartin31@comcast.net, or Camilla Feibelman at camillla.feibelman@sierraclub.org

Roundhouse photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Recent political news

Endorsed city candidates advance

Endorsed city candidates advance

All three of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter's endorsed candidates in the October 3 Albuquerque municipal election either won outright or advanced to a runoff. But we still have runoffs scheduled for November 14 ...
Volunteer opportunities for the upcoming municipal election

Volunteer opportunities for the upcoming municipal election

Some opportunities to help elect Tim Keller mayor of Albuquerque ...
Endorsements for Albuquerque municipal election

Endorsements for Albuquerque municipal election

Albuquerque has a city election coming up on October 3. It is critical that we elect a mayor and city councilors who support our environmental goals, from fighting global warming to protecting the bosque. As we know all too well, elections have ...
Meet-and-greet: Candidates for MRGCD

Meet-and-greet: Candidates for MRGCD

On Tuesday, May 23, the Sierra Club will host a meet-and-greet with Karen Dunning and Joaquín Baca.  Karen and Joaquín are candidates who have been endorsed by the Sierra Club in the June 6 election for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Board ...
Huge victory: Senate majority refuses to revoke climate-saving methane rule

Huge victory: Senate majority refuses to revoke climate-saving methane rule

For immediate release: May 10, 2017 Contact: Mona Blaber, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter communications,
505-660-5905, monablaber@gmail.com Today, every Senate Democrat and three Republicans voted down a procedural vote that would have paved the way for revoking a Bureau ...
Trapping, killing contests still legal in New Mexico

Trapping, killing contests still legal in New Mexico

By Mary Katherine Ray, 
Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife Chair Bills to prohibit trapping on public land, end killing contests, reform the Game Commission and more did not pass the New Mexico Legislature in a session distracted by other issues ...