The 2018 election season is the most exciting electoral opportunity that we’ve seen in many years. Americans nationwide have reacted to the Trump administration by doubling down on local action, and all signs point to a progressive wave sweeping across the nation. We’ve seen that wave begin to break across New Mexico, with above average voter turnout leading to the election of progressive mayors in Santa Fe and Albuquerque in the last year.At Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), we’re working hard to make sure that we’re in position to take full advantage of the way the electorate is shaping up by taking a hard look at several primary races around the state. We’ve worked to recruit quality candidates for seats in multiple races and are excited about the process of reviewing those candidates for primary endorsement.In order to get true conservation majorities and champions in key offices to secure pro-conservation policy, we frequently need to engage in primary elections to push the best candidates to the forefront. Keeping our issues front and center in the election dialogue is a constant struggle, and engagement in primary races is one of the tools that we use to do that.Our endorsement process seeks to answer one key question: Does one of these candidates clearly represent the best option to achieve strong conservation policy outcomes for New Mexican communities? What we’re looking for is certainly strength and commitment to our issues. We also need to see separation from the rest of the candidates. Who is the stand-out candidate? This generally involves being particularly strong on our issues and putting environmental issues at the center of their campaign. We also consider viability, campaign donors, history in public service, professional background and other factors.We’re looking at engaging in several key races around the state. We’ve already issued primary endorsements for Governor to Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Commissioner of Public Lands to Garrett VeneKlasen. We’ll be looking at Public Regulation Commission seats, Grant and McKinley county commissions and State Auditor, among others.
As a valued CVNM member, you’ll be the first to receive our endorsements. We want you to be able to take CVNM’s list of endorsements with you to the polls – so keep an eye out for an email or mailer with our full list of primary endorsements in early May.
We issue endorsements separately for the general election, and you’ll receive those in the fall. CVNM does not endorse in uncontested races. Visit www.CVNMActionFund.org to read more about our endorsement processes.