Conservation Voters New Mexico Endorses Large Slate Of Candidates In 2020 General Election

CVNM News:

SANTA FE — Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), through its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund, endorsed 53 conservation champion incumbents and challengers in the 2020 general election for the state Legislature.

The list includes 33 House candidates, for eight of whom this marks their initiation into legislative politics. Among the Senate candidates, five are new to the legislative electoral process. 

“This is the largest group of endorsements CVNM Action Fund has ever made,” said CVNM’s Political and Policy Director Ben Shelton. “It is a testament to how important conservation and environmental issues are for New Mexicans. We are thrilled to endorse such a large slate of candidates, incumbent and new to the process, who embrace these issues.”

The large slate of candidates just endorsed joins four additional Conservation Champion incumbents that CVNM Action Fund automatically endorsed earlier this year, along with 15 candidates, both incumbents and newcomers, who were endorsed by the Action Fund and won their primary election. 

“These endorsements build on the conservation majority that won seats in the 2016 and 2018 general elections,” Shelton said. “With the Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental rules, failure to address the Covid-19 pandemic, and blatant embrace of racism, New Mexico needs to take charge of its future. We need a Legislature that reflects New Mexico’s diverse communities, supports equity and inclusion in decision-making, and reflects our shared values for protecting our air, land and water.”

The candidates being endorsed include: 

State House of Representatives: 

  • HD 4 – Rep. Anthony Allison
  • HD 6 – Rep. Eliseo Alcon
  • HD 8 – Paul Kinzelman
  • HD 10 – Rep. Andrés Romero
  • HD 11 – Rep. Javier Martinez
  • HD 12 – Brittney Barreras
  • HD 15 – Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil
  • HD 16 – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas
  • HD 19 – Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton
  • HD 21 – Rep. Debbie Sariñana
  • HD 22 – Jessica Velasquez
  • HD 23 – Rep. Daymon Ely
  • HD 24 – Rep. Elizabeth Thomson
  • HD 25 – Rep. Christine Trujillo
  • HD 28 – Rep. Melanie Stansbury
  • HD 29 – Rep. Joy Garratt
  • HD 30 – Rep. Natalie Figueroa
  • HD 31 – Julie Brenning
  • HD 33 – Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena
  • HD 35 – Rep. Angelica Rubio
  • HD 36 – Rep. Nathan Small
  • HD 37 – Rep. Joanne Ferrary
  • HD 38 – Karen Whitlock
  • HD 39 – Rep. Rudolpho “Rudy” Martinez
  • HD 43 – Rep. Christine Chandler
  • HD 44 – Gary Tripp
  • HD 46 – Rep. Andrea Romero
  • HD 51 – Jeff Swanson
  • HD 52 – Rep. Doreen Gallegos
  • HD 53 – Rep. Willie Madrid
  • HD 57 – Billie Helean
  • HD 68 – Rep. Karen Bash
  • HD 69 – Rep. Harry Garcia

New Mexico State Senate:

  • SD 5 – Leo Jaramillo
  • SD 11 – Sen. Linda Lopez
  • SD 12 – Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino
  • SD 13 – Sen. Bill O’Neill
  • SD 14 – Sen. Michael Padilla
  • SD 15 – Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto
  • SD 16 – Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
  • SD 18 – Sen. Bill Tallman
  • SD 19 – Claudia Risner
  • SD 20 – Martin Hickey
  • SD 21 – Athena Christodoulou
  • SD 22 – Sen. Benny Shendo, Jr.
  • SD 23 – Harold Pope, Jr.
  • SD 24 – Sen. Nancy Rodriguez
  • SD 25 – Sen. Majority Leader Peter Wirth
  • SD 26 – Sen. Jacob Candelaria
  • SD 31 – Sen. Joseph Cervantes
  • SD 36 – Sen. Jeff Steinborn
  • SD 37 – Sen. William “Bill” Soules
  • SD 39 – Sen. Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics

CVNM Action Fund also endorsed Joseph “Moe” Maestas for the District 3 seat on the Public Regulation Commission and endorsed three candidates in the Grant County Commission elections: 

  • Grant County Commission, District 3 – Alicia Edwards
  • Grant County Commission, District 4 – Marilyn Alcorn
  • Grant County Commission, District 5 – Harry Browne

In January, CVNM-AF early-endorsed four incumbent House members:

  • Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (HD 13)
  • Rep. Miguel Garcia (HD 14)
  • House Speaker Brian Egolf (HD 47)
  • Rep. Matthew McQueen (HD 50)

Ahead of the primary election, the Action Fund endorsed a slate of mostly new candidates for House and Senate, most of whom won; these candidates are not included in the slate announced Wednesday:

New Mexico House of Representatives

  • HD 17 – Rep. Debbie Armstrong
  • HD 20 – Meredith Dixon
  • HD 27 – Rep. Marian Matthews
  • HD 40 – Roger Montoya
  • HD 42 – Kristina Ortez
  • HD 45 – Linda Serrato
  • HD 65 – Rep. Derrick Lente

New Mexico State Senate

  • SD 3 – Senator Shannon Pinto
  • SD 8 – Senator Pete Campos
  • SD 9 – Brenda McKenna
  • SD 10 – Katy Duhigg
  • SD 17 – Senator Mimi Stewart
  • SD 28 – Siah Correa Hemphill
  • SD 30 – Pam Cordova
  • SD 35 – Neomi Martinez-Parra

About CVNM Action Fund

Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund, the connected state political action committee of Conservation Voters New Mexico, is a nonpartisan “coordinated” political action committee. CVNM Action Fund works to elect pro-conservation candidates and to defeat anti-conservation candidates at the state level. Through our work with CVNM Action Fund, we let voters know that who we elect matters for New Mexico’s air, land water and healthy communities. CVNM Action Fund does not endorse in uncontested races. For information on the endorsement process, read CVNM Action Fund Endorsement Policies.

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