Preserving and protecting our environment is a political process

Elections

We work on electing environmentally minded legislators with the hope that they'll enact the environmental protections our communities need.  Our volunteers are actively involved in endorsing pro-environment candidates and then working for their election.  Find our more here. 

Lobbying

During our legislative session and in other decision-making forums we engage as grassroots lobbyists, working to inform and motivate our legislators to take action for clean air and clean water.  Get involved here.

Interested in helping environmental champions get elected?

  1. Fill out our elections volunteer form
  2. Donate to Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club PAC
  3. Contact our political chair, Richard Barish at richard.barish@gmail.com

Recent political news

2020 General Election - Public Regulation Commission candidates and amendment
View the Rio Grande Sierra Club endorsed candidates for the Public Regulation Commission, as well as an analysis and recommendation of Amendment 1, restructuring the PRC ...
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It's time to make our voices heard!
View the Rio Grande Sierra Club slate of endorsed candidates for the 2020 general election – terrific leaders at the federal, state, and local levels ...
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Endorsements for 2020 Races - Local races
View the Rio Grande Sierra Club slate of endorsed candidates for county races ...
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Endorsements for 2020 Races - Federal
View the Rio Grande Sierra Club slate of endorsed candidates for the 2020 general election for federal offices – one senator and three representatives ...
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Endorsements for 2020 General Election - NM Senate
View the Rio Grande Sierra Club slate of endorsed candidates for the 2020 general election for the NM State Senate ...
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Endorsements for 2020 Races - NM House
View the Rio Grande Sierra Club slate of endorsed candidates for the 2020 general election for New Mexico House of Representatives ...
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Grassroots challengers beat Big Oil money

Sierra Club-endorsed candidates upset Big Oil money on Election Day

Albuquerque — In Tuesday’s New Mexico primary, voters demanded candidates who will strive for justice, community and a safe climate for future generations.

The Sierra Club joined an array of progressive and social-justice organizations in an unprecedented effort to support grassroots challengers to some of the most powerful elected officials in New Mexico. Chevron spent more than $700,000 on a Texas-based PAC that backed conservative incumbents, and a Republican-leaning PAC spent thousands on deceptive last-minute mailers and robocalls, but progressive challengers prevailed in most races. Despite the big spending from out of state in favor of incumbents, Siah Corea Hemphill, Pam Cordova, Neomi Martinez-Parra, Carrie Hamblen, Brenda McKenna and Leo ...
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N.M. Senate District 38: Sierra Club endorses Carrie Hamblen

June 2 New Mexico Democratic primary

District 38 (Las Cruces and south Doña Ana County): Carrie Hamblen

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter is proud to endorse our friend and community leader Carrie Hamblen for the Senate District 38 Democratic nomination.

As president of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, Carrie helped lead efforts to win Organ Mountains Desert Peaks designation as a National Monument.

She has served Southern New Mexico as morning news anchor and operations manager at KRWG public radio, as an NMSU instructor, and as board president of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope and member of PFLAG Las Cruces and Southern NM PRIDE.

Her opponent is Mary Kay Papen, who has blocked New Mexicans from ...
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