The Issues Facing New Mexico’s Public Lands and Our Citizens

The Office of State Land Commissioner should be non-partisan, working in collaboration with state and federal agencies in the best management of our state trust lands. Leases of these lands produce vital revenue for education. They should produce more jobs for New Mexicans in renewable energy, oil and gas production, grazing, and appropriate timber harvesting to reduce the threat of wildfires and burn scar runoff. 

New Mexico voters have a choice: will the next four years see more extreme environmental actions from a State Land Commissioner that cost us jobs, or will we have a balanced effort to protect our resources while optimizing our public lands to provide jobs and produce revenue that our schools need?

My opponent leans toward extreme environmentalism and has a history of taking sweetheart deals. As land commissioner, he selected out-of-state land developers, Forrest City Covington, to develop Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol. So far, they’ve given him $30,000 in campaign contributions.

My opponent and I have very different views on Management and Utilization of Public Lands, Property Rights, and how the State Land Office should be run. This chart gives you those differences in a nutshell. For more information on each specifically, please visit Public Land Utilization, Renewable Energy, Federal Land Management, Property Rights, and State Land Office.

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If you’re not familiar with the State Land Office, and the role of the Commissioner, here’s a little background:
The position of the Commissioner of Public Lands was created in our state’s Constitution through the Enabling Act for New Mexico of 1910 to oversee the Trust lands. These lands were granted to the Territory of New Mexico by Congress more than 150 years ago to serve as a source of revenue to support our public school system as we became a state. The income was designated to be used for universities, hospitals, correctional facilities and public buildings. The current 9 million surface acres and 13 million subsurface acres which include mineral rights, provide revenue to the Permanent Fund from oil and gas; agriculture; renewable energy operations of wind, solar and biomass; and other economic development activities. 

We must protect our lands, ensure their access to the public as well as properly manage how they should be used to produce revenue, it’s vital to have a Commissioner without the extreme environmental views and ties to special interests that my opponent has. We need a Commissioner that has the business background to increase our revenues for our state. I ask for your support and your vote on November 4th.