A salute of confidence
2010 Election Endorsements
I was honored to receive the support of these fine organizations for my 2010 bid for State Land Commissioner.
Thank you all for your support. Together, we’re returning open and honest government to the State Land Office!
- American Federation of Teachers NM (AFT NM)
- National Education Association (NEA)
- Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club
- Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM)
- Albuquerque Area Firefighters (IAFF)
- Association of Federal, State and County Employees (AFSCME)
- Operating Engineers
- IATSE Local 423 – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
- Animal Protection Voters
Previous Election Endorsements
In my previous elections, I have been honored to have received the endorsements from many organizations and newspapers. I will work to earn their salute of confidence again.
Albuquerque Journal – May 28, 2006
LAND COMMISSIONER: Ray Powell has proven he can handle responsibilities that come with being chief steward of the state’s nine million acres of trust lands and 13 million acres of subsurface rights to oil, gas and minerals.
Powell, a Democrat and veterinarian, was appointed land commissioner in 1993 and elected to four year terms in 1994 and 1998.
Under Powell, plans moved forward on the 13,000-acre Mesa del Sol – an innovative urban development project in Southeast Albuquerque that will generate a substantial source of revenue for the University of New Mexico Trust.
Mesa del Sol exemplifies the Powell approach: working openly with all interested parties to ensure quality development for communities while improving the value of property retained by the Land Office. Powell embraces the Land Office mission of managing trust land for the designated beneficiaries. In 2006, state trust lands revenue is on target to generate $400 million for education. But he also wants to strengthen the Land Office’s ability to keep lands healthy and restore abused areas, to step up monitoring and enforcement and to reduce leases in places like Otero Mesa in southern New Mexico until user impact is better understood.
The Journal recommends a vote for Ray Powell in the Democratic primary for state land commissioner.
Albuquerque Tribune – June 3, 2006
Both candidates are well qualified and have outstanding values for the job. We have little trouble recommending Powell for the same reasons we’ve consistently endorsed him for land commissioner in the past.
Powell has good, innovative environmental values and he has a more consensus-and mediation-oriented approach to problem-solving. That will allow him to put those values into effect on New Mexico’s enchanted ground.
Powell is a veterinarian with an excellent and relevant education in anthropology, biology, botany and plant ecology. He worked in the State Land Office before being appointed land commissioner in 1993. He then won two successive elections to the office handily, before being term limited out.
Powell has proved an excellent steward of state lands and the money they bring to our state schools. He has audited oil companies to bring in more revenues, helped make Mesa del Sol development in Albuquerque an environmentally responsible reality that will continue to fill state coffers for decades; accommodated high quality-industries on state lands; swapped state parcels to help preserve wild lands’ conducted an original, scientific asset inventory of state lands’ arranged to return some of the money earned from state lands to restore, improve and protect state lands; and much more.
He has done so in a way that brings often highly contentious environmental, recreational, ranching and extractive industry interests together—as well as can be expected.
He looks forward to re-establishing and expanding the best of his programs and to pressing for new ones—including more renewable energy ventures on state lands and creasing a Mesa del Sol-style project near Las Cruces.
He is the candidate best able to set the State Land Office back on the progressive track it was steaming when he left office four years ago.