My Vision To Restore The Trust
As a candidate for State Land Commissioner, I bring a record of ethical leadership. I have worked to create thousands of new jobs for New Mexicans . I have a track record of generating more money for our schools and a proven commitment to healing and protecting our state lands. I’m eager to return to the State Land Office where there’s much to be done!
- Work to create good jobs, particularly to build a new energy economy.
- Generate more money to improve our children’s schools
- Provide ethical and honest government
- Protect and responsibly manage our public lands
Restore the Trust
As New Mexicans, we are blessed with marvelous public lands. These lands sustain us, provide economic opportunities, and help fund our educational system. Public lands are truly a legacy that we leave our children.
Having successfully served as state land commissioner, I once again ask for the opportunity to serve you.
I strongly believe in healthy public lands.
It is crucial to the long-term management of the Trust portfolio—and our children’s education— that we protect our public land resources from pollution, from being sold, and from misuse or mismanagement.
Protecting the health of our land is critical. It will result in sustainable returns from our state trust lands and a better quality of life for our adjoining communities.
As Land Commissioner, I will again work tirelessly to ensure the long-term health and productivity of the state trust lands today and for our future generations.
Advocate for Renewable Energy Jobs
I am committed to renewable energy.
Using New Mexico’s trust lands we can foster public-private partnerships that protect natural resources and create good jobs.
In my previous tenure as Land Commissioner, I worked with utilities to establish the first wind farms in Eastern New Mexico. I also worked with private businesses, local governments, and community groups throughout New Mexico to create affordable housing projects, business parks, and new jobs. Two extremely successful examples are the Sandia Science and Technology Park and the Mesa del Sol economic district.
As a native New Mexican, I know the need for good jobs and I have a proven record of helping create good jobs for New Mexicans.
Improve Our Children’s Schools
Our children’s future depends on quality education.
As Land Commissioner, I will again make investment in our schools a top priority.
The State Land Office collects and invests revenue from the use of public lands. This revenue significantly helps fund our children’s schools.
State land revenue saves the taxpayer money.
Wise land management means our schools can be supported forever.
Ethical and Honest Land Office
I believe in the highest professional and ethical standards in government.
My record speaks for itself.
During my previous tenure at the land office I instructed my employees to “just do things in a manner that the closer anyone looks, the better you look.”
I expect those who work with the land office to also act in an open, honest and transparent manner and I will hold them to this high standard.
I have a record of holding individuals and global companies accountable to take care of the land and to pay what they owe. I have audited the largest global oil companies that lease state trust land, resulting in over one hundred million dollars of additional revenue for our state.