Letter To The Editor: SGR For NM Land Commissioner

By MARK JONES
Los Alamos
 
I am a Life member of the Sierra club and have been on the executive committee of the Rio Grande Chapter and chair of my local Pajarito Group. I am a member of at least fifteen other national and local environmental groups, and have served two terms on the Los Alamos Sustainability Board.
 
Environmental issues are extremely important to me, and I could not support a candidate who did not share these values.
 
Stephanie was endorsed by the Sierra Club and by Conservation Voters of New Mexico in her legislative campaigns in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
 
While in the legislature she has been a strong environmental champion. A couple items chosen from a longer list: Voted to end coyote killing contests (2013 – HB 316), and  Voted against closing access to public streams (2015-SB226) and successfully sponsored a clean water amendment to the House version of this bill. She has worked against fracking in Chaco Canyon and Sandoval County, and has served as a member the Nuestro Rio Regional Water Caucus working to restore health and funding to damaged watersheds and acequias.
 
In addition to her excellent credentials as an environmentalist, I am impressed by Stephanie’s strong track record as an effective legislator. Her familiarity with legislators and knowledge of the legislative process will be of immense value in obtaining needed legislative support for Land Office goals. And of course her background as an educator will serve her well as head of an agency whose mission is to provide funding for New Mexico education.
 
I strongly support her for this position, and urge you to carefully examine her positions and credentials. If you do, I suspect you will join me in voting for Stephanie Garcia Richard for State Land Commissioner.
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