The most powerful way to protect our water, wildlife, land and climate is through good environmental policy, and the most powerful way to ensure good policy is by electing pro-environment candidates.
The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter sends questionnaires to and interviews eligible candidates, and two chapter committees must approve every endorsement by a two-thirds vote in order for a candidate to be endorsed. (Incumbents can be judged by their public record rather than a questionnaire.)It is with an assessment of these qualifications that the Rio Grande Chapter endorses Pete Sheehey.
Pete Sheehey, a Los Alamos County Council incumbent, is an outspoken defender of the environment on the Council. He consistently supports Los Alamos conservation and climate efforts including the Carbon Neutral 2040 initiative, the suite of innovative goals, plans and benchmarks for Los Alamos to be carbon-neutral by 2040.
Sheehey also is championing curbside recycling of lawn waste. He continues to support the “walkable Los Alamos” initiative that incorporates a more walkable community into the downtown development plan. He was an advocate of the campaign to transfer the Valles Caldera Preserve to National Parks ownership, a key local victory for the public.
Sheehey supports the citizen-developed Comprehensive Plan to guide decision-making. He was formerly a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and championed publicly supported amenities including the trails system and expanding bike trails on upgraded road plans. And Sheehey walks (or buses) his talk: he takes the local bus whenever he can, including to the Los Alamos Co-op.