Check out our endorsed candidates in the June 3 primary!

The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter has endorsed the following candidates in the June 3 primary election. Many of these candidates are in tight races where your help WILL make the difference! Primaries are where we can elect truly progressive candidates who will fight for environmental priorities. Contact Susan Martin at smartin31@comcast.net or 505-670-3279 to help, or see below for opportunities this weekend, May 31 and June 1.

Public Regulation Commission District 5: Merrie Lee Soules
N.M. House of Representatives District 5: Doreen Johnson
N.M. House of Representatives District 7: Teresa Smith de Cherif
N.M. House of Representatives District 10: Andres Romero
N.M. House of Representatives District 11: Javier Martinez
Santa Fe County Commission, District 1: Henry Roybal

Candidates who received early endorsements but are not in contested primaries:

Land Commissioner: Ray Powell

How you can help: Southwest Organizing Project is hosting a canvass for Andrés Romero at the SWOP Action Fund office at 211 10th St. SW 87102. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Contact Camilla Feibelman to RSVP: camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org or 505-715-8388.

The Rio Grande Chapter will host a volunteer walk for Teresa Smith de Cherif and Merrie Lee Soules in Valencia County on Saturday. Please contact Susan Martin at smartin31@comcast.net or 505-670-3279.

To volunteer for other candidates, please contact me. The PRC and legislative races are likely to be very close -- please call me and let's elect some environmental champions!

Supporters know how crucial the Public Regulation Commission is to a healthy climate. It is one of the most powerful such commissions in the country, making decisions that affect how much we pay for electricity, gas and phone and transportation services. It also enforces our renewable-energy law -- and has the power to undermine it. That's why it's so important to elect knowledgeable candidates who are committed to protecting our air and water for future generations. Merrie Lee Soules is that candidate, and if you are in District 5, which covers southwest New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Silver City, Deming and part of Alamogordo, please vote for Soules.

Here is the Las Cruces Sun-News endorsement for Soules: http://bit.ly/1rdYHNY

For New Mexico Legislature, in Northwest New Mexico's District 5, Doreen Johnson is running to replace Sandra Jeff, who had a poor environmental voting record and is no longer on the ballot. Johnson is the candidate who will represent and protect her district's natural resources in the Roundhouse.

in Valencia County's District 7, Teresa Smith de Cherif is an elected member of the Valencia County Soil and Water Conservation District, impressed us with her commitment to developing more renewable energy to bring jobs to Valencia County and to increasing the minimum wage along with supporting agricultural conservation and smart growth.

In Albuquerque South Valley's District 10, Andrés Romero has outlined a vision for New Mexico and the South Valley that shows he truly cares about the environment and will fight for it as a legislator.

In Albuquerque-area District 11, Javier Martinez has emerged as a strong environmental candidate. His answers to our questionnaire were knowledgeable and sincere.

For Santa Fe County Commission, Henry Roybal is the candidate with the integrity and concern for Santa Fe County that the commission will need as it faces many complex decisions in the next few years.

In uncontested races, the Rio Grande Chapter made early endorsements for candidates who have been champions of the environment, including Ray Powell, who is running for another successful term as commission of the Public Lands Office.