Elections matter. In this day and age, we are all more or less cynical about the ability of government to do anything positive, but the fact remains that, for the environmental issues we all care about, elections do have consequences and your vote matters.
We cannot hope to advance a clean energy agenda in Albuquerque if we do not have a friendly City Council. The mayor will be free to pursue environmentally harmful development in the Bosque if he can command a majority of votes on Council. If we had had one more vote on Council, we could have take away the mayor’s discretion to do what he pleases with the Bosque funds appropriated in 2013.
Very few citizens bother to vote in City Council elections. City Councilors will be elected with only a few thousand votes. These elections are often very close. One vote – your vote – can make a huge impact in terms of whether or not we will have eco-friendly Albuquerque City Council. Please vote October 6th, or vote early through Friday, Oct. 2.
For the candidates endorsed by the Sierra Club in the Albuquerque election, and a list of early voting locations, go here.
Featured photo by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Bald Eagle Head 2 Uploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.