Washington, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) congratulates Melanie Stansbury (NM-01), Gabe Vasquez (NM-02), and Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03) on their wins in New Mexico.
“New Mexico voters chose to continue their pro-environmental legacy, electing leaders who have all been true climate justice champions,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We are thrilled to continue working with Melanie Stansbury and Teresa Leger Fernandez to build a clean energy future that centers the voices of communities who are most impacted by the climate crisis and pollution, and we couldn’t be happier that Gabe Vasquez will bring his extensive experience working for New Mexico’s communities to Congress for the first time. Congratulations – we look forward to working with all three of you for clean energy, justice, jobs, and a healthy, equitable future for all.”
LCV Victory Fund named Yvette Herrell to this year’s Dirty Dozen and invested over $660,000 to defeat her and elect Gabe Vasquez in NM-02. The spending included two tv ads, both of which also ran on YouTube, and five mail pieces.
LCV’s state affiliate, Conservation Voters New Mexico, is also celebrating the victory of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham over Dirty Dozen in the States member Mark Ronchetti.
Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-3) campaigned on recent climate wins, including federal drought assistance, funding for water projects in eastern New Mexico, and assisting dairy farmers impacted by pollutants.
Environmental donors contributed nearly $520,000 to New Mexico candidates via GiveGreen. GiveGreen — a partnership between LCV Victory Fund and NRDC Action Votes that helps grassroots donors directly contribute to pro-environment candidates — raised a midterm record $26.9 million for the 2022 cycle.
These are just some of the climate champions who won up and down the ballot in New Mexico, demonstrating that even in a major oil and gas producing state, leaning into environmental issues is both good policy and good politics.