Sat 4/21--New Mexico has had a Land Commissioner since 1899, even before becoming a state. The Commissioner administers 9 million acres of surface and 12 million of subsurface land to generate revenue for public institutions in New Mexico. If elected, Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the first woman to hold the office.
Garcia Richard talked to Women's Focus earlier when she ended several years on the powerful House Appropriations Committee to become Chair of the House Education Committee. This time, she stopped by in the midst of her statewide campaign to be Land Commissioner. She has been endorsed by a former Commissioner, Ray Powell, whose health caused him to drop his plan to run again for the office. Garcia Richard's goal is to continue his projects of renewable energy and increase funding for early childhood programs.