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District 17: Mimi Stewart

Mimi Stewart
Mimi Stewart

The Sierra Club is once again very pleased to be able to endorse Sen. Mimi Stewart in her legislative race.

No one has been a stronger advocate for the environment or a more reliable environmental vote than Sen. Stewart.  In more than 20 years as a Representative and now as a Senator, Sen. Stewart has voted with us an astounding 99% of the time.

Recently, Sen. Stewart sponsored and led the campaign for renewing tax credits for New Mexicans who install solar panels at their homes, a critical issue for the Club, since the tax credits are an effective incentive to increase renewable energy, while increasing jobs in the state.

Sen. Stewart has the experience, savvy, and skill to shepherd important environmental legislation through the Legislature to passage.

Sen. Stewart is facing a challenge in the Democratic primary from a former senator with a poor environmental record. Sen. Stewart is a passionate, knowledgeable, and ethical voice for public lands, water, wildlife and climate protections in the Senate. The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter enthusiastically endorses her and urges your support for her campaign and your vote for her on June 7.

Richard Barish, 
Central New Mexico Group Political Chair

District 36: Jeff Steinborn

Jeff Steinborn
Jeff Steinborn (left)

In his career and his tenure in the New Mexico House of Representatives, Jeff Steinborn has proven to be a leader in protecting our water, our land, our wildlife and our climate.

He has sponsored legislation that would outlaw coyote-killing contests in New Mexico and was an outspoken advocate for designating Organ Mountains Desert Peaks a national monument, which protected the area permanently and brought an economic boost to the area. His expertise and knowledge are apparent in committee meetings when he’s speaking up about the importance of renewable energy, common-sense protections for our drinking water and access to our public lands.

If Steinborn wins the June 7 Democratic primary in this north-central Doña Ana County seat, he will challenge Sen. Lee Cotter, who has a 0% record from Conservation Voters New Mexico. That’s not a typo. It’s a zero. Turning this seat over from a staunch anti-environmentalist to a smart and dedicated conservation champion would be crucial for policies like improving our renewable-energy requirements, ending trapping on public lands, stopping coyote-killing contests and extending tax credits for rooftop and utility-scale solar energy.

By Mona Blaber, 
Chapter communications coordinator

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Primary 2016 – NM Senate Endorsements