Our volunteer-led Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter works to elect environmental champions who seek equity and inclusion.
Our thousands of members in the Santa Fe area are part of a grassroots organization dependent on volunteers acting locally to achieve national and even global results.
The chapter’s environmental endorsements are the product of research, candidate interviews, questionnaire review and thoughtful deliberations. Each endorsement requires a 2/3 vote of two separate chapter committees.
Here are the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter’s endorsements for the 2018 Santa Fe elections:
Mayor: Alan Webber
Alan Webber distinguished himself in a strong field of candidates with his thoughtful ideas, knowledge and commitment to environmental and progressive issues. His heart is in making the city more livable, and we believe his entrepreneurial skills are well suited to achieve those on-the-ground improvements. He presented a real vision for Santa Fe’s environment, with a plan for achieving it. Webber’s early experience working for the city of Portland led to the “livable cities” movement, and his fresh ideas for Santa Fe reflected that ability to innovate.
District 1: Sig Lindell (incumbent)
Sig led the way on the city’s single-stream recycling program, which has dramatically increased Santa Fe’s recycling levels, and sponsored and passed the bill to prohibit inhumane trapping of animals within the city limits.
District 2: Carol Romero Wirth
Carol’s deep understanding of water policy, her work on the city charter commission and her pledge to be an advocate for coordinating, cooperating and working regionally on our resource issues is a recipe for creating an environmental champion on council.
District 3: Roman “Tiger” Abeyta
Roman served as Santa Fe County manager during complex negotiations over annexation and the the Buckman Diversion project. His professional career began in land use and planning, and he approaches our resource conflicts as regional issues.
District 4: Greg Scargall
For the past four years, Greg has passionately led teams of military veteran volunteers to remove trash from the Santa Fe River and other local areas. He’s a coordinator at the Santa Fe Community College Veterans Resource Center, which the Military Times named the No. 1 two-year career technical institution.
Please vote for these excellent candidates in the March 6 election!