Update on Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Run for Governor
In September of 2017, CVNM Action Fund endorsed Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor. The decision was the result of several months of research, investigation and interviews. In the months since the endorsement, polling shows that Rep. Lujan Grisham holds a commanding lead in the Democratic primary election. Rep. Lujan Grisham’s subsequent policy commitments have reinforced our decision to endorse her. She has committed to implement a state rule to eliminate methane waste and pollution from oil and gas activity, and advance a renewable energy plan that will ensure New Mexico gets back on course to become a national leader in renewable energy.
We endorsed early in this critical race because New Mexico needs a Governor who is highly experienced and ready to move our state forward beginning on their first day in office. Ultimately this is one of the key components that set Rep. Lujan Grisham apart in our endorsement review process: she shares New Mexican community values in support of environmental protection, conservation and clean, renewable energy. These values are evident in her voting record as a member of Congress and in the policy priorities she has announced thus far as the leading candidate for Governor. She is running on a realistic and ambitious platform with values for a healthy environment and just, sustainable economy at the heart of her work.
Having access to clean air, clean water and a robust job-creating renewable energy future are values shared across the diverse cultures of New Mexico. Rep. Lujan Grisham demonstrates an ability to speak to those values – and translate them into policy – across geographic and cultural boundaries in a way no other candidate in the race can.
The next Governor must be able to bring New Mexico’s diverse voices together to execute their policy initiatives. Rep. Lujan Grisham is the best of both worlds. She has a big vision rooted in realistic, ambitious plans; and she’s not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. She’s a hard worker with deep political savvy and experience.
An endorsement from CVNM means that the individual is the clear conservation choice. It means they are the best person for the job; and we’re so sure, we’re willing to put our name next to theirs and our money where our mouth is. We’re proud of our endorsement of Rep. Lujan Grisham, and we’re fired up by the plans she’s articulated to move New Mexico in to a brighter, cleaner future. We hope you’ll join us in voting for her in the June primary.
By Ben Shelton, CVNM Political & Legislative Director