Across the country, and especially here in New Mexico, local leaders are holding the line and the next fight is coming to the ballot box in Dona Ana County NEXT TUESDAY.
If you live in the City of Las Cruces or east/ south of town, your vote for public lands counts in a big way on May 2. We’re working to put two progressive conservation champions on this board but they need YOUR VOTE!
Kevin Bixby for Zone 3
- Kevin is founder and director of the Southwest Environmental Center.
- He has spent his entire career in natural resources conservation, working with a broad range of groups and individuals to protect wildlife and wild places, restore habitats, promote environmental awareness and preserve our natural heritage.
- He has lived in Las Cruces for nearly 30 years and currently serves on the executive committee of the Paso del Norte Watershed Council, and the steering committee of the Lower Rio Grande Regional Water Planning Committee.
- Kevin is a strong believer in Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, in which soil, water, plants, wildlife, and humans are all part of the land community.
- He is especially interested in helping the community to implement low-cost, common-sense measures, such as rainwater harvesting and tree plantings, that will help to conserve our precious water resources, address climate change and enhance our quality of life.
Kevin’s opponent, Joe Delk, has been steering the DASWCD for almost a decade and is an ardent conservative who aligns with Rep. Steve Pearce and staunchly opposed conservation and environmental protections.
- Craig Fenske is a retired Washington State University Extension Agent and retired City of Las Cruces Coordinator for Keep Las Cruces Beautiful.
- As an extension agent in Whatcom County Washington, he organized both public and private organizations to lead a forest conservation tour for over 1000 sixth graders giving them a hands-on forest experience with professional conservationists.
- As coordinator for Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, he mobilized volunteers for numerous community beautification events including Great American Cleanup, Trek for Trash and Arbor Day events. He organized the City of Las Cruces Tree Steward program which trained volunteers to lead community tree planting events, assist in the City nursery, and serve as advocates for trees.
- Craig is a skilled community organizer developing volunteer-driven programs that serve both youth and adults.
- He would like to apply his broad experience creating public-private partnerships to promote trees and habitat rehabilitation in Dona Ana County.
- He would like to focus on partnering with K-12 schools to apply his experience in organizing recycling education programs in Las Cruces Public Schools to serve as a jumping off point for conservation education in our Dona Ana County schools.
Craig’s opponent, Kent Thurston, is a land developer clearly more interested in seeing growth on open spaces then working to preserve them.
WHAT: Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District Election
WHERE: Five voting centers across the county (See map above)
WHEN: May 2, 2017. 7am to 7pm
WHY: Because it matters!
It may be a small election, but getting two new, PROGRESSIVE, members onto the DASWCD board would be a big win for conservation in Doña Ana County. It also would show those that doubt our commitment to staying active and involved in opposing the Trump agenda which seeks to harm our environment and our very sense of democracy.
President Trump just announced a plan to “reevaluate” Obama-era national monuments and Congressional Republicans are working with Scott Pruitt to give oil and gas companies “more input” on rules governing our clean air and water.
In 2014, local Tea Party leaders noticed that almost no one votes in local Soil & Water Conservation District elections, so they ran their own candidates and won enough seats to change their work from conserving public lands and water to opposing it.
They opposed the new monument. And wolf reintroduction. One year they spent a portion of their small annual budget hiring a lobbyist to work against BLM public planning for responsible public lands use.
Then they passed a resolution endorsing the Tin Foil Hat “Agenda 21” theory that the UN is massing troops to take over the American government. Really.
Steve Pearce just got caught calling Tea Party voters to turn out to put more candidates like this on the board and we aren’t letting that happen.
It’s time we take this board back and put local leaders in charge who will stand up to Donald Trump and protect our local land and water heritage.