WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters and Conservation Voters New Mexico announced today their joint endorsement of Albuquerque City Councilman Martin Heinrich for New Mexico’s 1st District seat. The seat is currently held by Congresswoman Heather Wilson, a longtime enemy of the environment and two-time Dirty Dozen member. For more information on the Dirty Dozen, visit http://lcv.org/campaigns/dirty-dozen.
“Councilman Heinrich’s commitment to conservation extends beyond his council votes,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Not only did he fight to bring curbside recycling back to Albuquerque, he helped build a solar car in college. Not only has he stood firm to protect the Bosque and Valle Vidal, his own home is powered by renewable energy. When elected, Martin Heinrich will be one of the greatest conservation champions in Washington and a tremendous improvement for both Albuquerque and the nation.”
“Since elected to public office, Martin Heinrich has been a staunch advocate for conservation and New Mexico’s wild spaces,” said Sandy Buffett of Conservation Voters New Mexico. “We are thrilled that Martin will take his commitment to conservation and his profound understanding of New Mexico’s unique issues with him to Washington.”
“I am honored by the support of the conservation community and look forward to working with LCV to create a green economy here in greater Albuquerque,” Heinrich said.
In response to an LCV questionnaire, Heinrich, a former Natural Resources Trustee for the State of New Mexico, pledged to:
Heinrich has worked with Governor Richardson and Congressman Udall to protect many of New Mexico’s wild spaces, including Tijeras Canyon, the Valle Vidal, the Bosque, Petroglyph National Monument, and the Ojito Wilderness. As a councilman, he helped create tax incentives for hybrid vehicles in Albuquerque. In his previous work experience, he helped introduce urban children to the natural environment and to protect the endangered Mexican gray wolf.