New Mexico Elects Stephanie Garcia Richard Of Los Alamos Its Commissioner Of Public Lands

New Mexico has elected Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos to serve as New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands in a vote of 340,585 (50.76%) over opponent Patrick Lyons who garnered 291,663 votes (43.47%) in Tuesday’s 2018 General Election. On stage giving her acceptance speech Tuesday night at Hotel Albuquerque, Garcia Richard will go down in history as the state’s first woman Land Commissioner. Garcia Richard told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning, ‘I am so gratified to have had the opportunity to represent this community and get my start in public service here. It was here that I developed the expertise and skills that will allow me to go on to advocate for you all in the land office. Congratulations to all the local election winners, especially Representative-elect Christine Chandler, who I know will do an excellent job as our state representative.’

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s wife Jill Cooper Udall introduced Stephanie Garcia Richard Tuesday night at the watch party at Hotel Albuquerque. Cooper Udall worked the phones getting the votes out for Garcia Richard during the campaign. Courtesy photo

Newly elected New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard with her husband Eric Vasquez. Courtesy photo

Newly elected Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos with her daughters Nica Vasquez and Elia Vasquez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Stephanie Garcia Richard with her good friend PED Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster of Los Alamos during the election night watch party Tuesday at Hotel Albuquerque. Courtesy photo