Chapter Executive Committee candidate statements

Four candidates are running for three open spots on the Rio Grande Chapter Executive Committee. Candidate statements are below.

Voting in the Chapter election is for Sierra Club members only. If you are a member, you can vote here. Ballots must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 10. Two-member households with join memberships can each vote. Please also vote for candidates for the group executive committee where you live. 

Note: El Paso Group ballots and candidate statements will be mailed separately, but El Paso members can vote for chapter Executive Committee.

Below are the four candidates for three seats on the Rio Grande Chapter executive committee. Group races are not contested, so candidate statements are not listed.

Mary Hotvedt:

I live in Pinos Altos, on the edge of the Gila. I am both a cultural anthropologist and licensed marriage and family therapist. I teach part time at WNMU and am active in New Mexico politics and several local organizations.

I have been President of the American Association for Family Therapy and led a 20-year strategic vision for that organization.

My strongest environmental interests are in the interplay of human systems, politics, and water planning.

Susan Martin: 

As a former Rio Grande Chapter chair and current Political chair, I absolutely believe that the chapter is a positive force against threats to our environment and democracy.

Our endorsements have resulted in the election of environmental champions at the local, state, and federal level, and the creation of new activists to sustain this progress.

I request your vote to continue as a member of the Chapter Executive Committee. The Trump and Martinez administrations seek to roll back safeguards. We must redouble our efforts to fight these actions at every level.

Ray Shortridge:

I am currently the volunteer treasurer of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter and serve on the Water Committee.

I’m a retired information technology executive and operations project manager.

As a grandfather, I am deeply concerned about the state of the environment which the next generations of my family will be experiencing and believe that the Sierra Club is one of many organizations that, particularly in New Mexico, is making a difference.

Shane Woolbright: 

I received an MPA from the University of Arkansas, served in city management for seven years before becoming executive for trade associations of electric and natural gas transmission utilities, and was appointed to various industry boards including that of a major electric utility.

On the side, I’m an avid birdwatcher, former president of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society, and writer of editorial opinion.

Chapter Executive Committee candidate statements