Land commissioner candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard

  • NAME: Stephanie Garcia Richard
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
  • OCCUPATION: District Curriculum Coordinator, Pojoaque Valley School District and State Legislator
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: New Mexico state Representative, dealing with land, water, grazing, oil & natural gas drilling and fire issues in District 43 which covers the Jemez mountains range, 2013-18. Member of legislative budgeting committee for four years. House Education Committee Chair for the past two years. Member, Board of Directors, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Member, Board of Directors, Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. District Curriculum Coordinator, Pojoaque Valley School District, 2014-18. Elementary School Teacher, 2004-2014. Leadership Los Alamos, 2011-12. Emerging Woman Leader of the Year Award, Emerge New Mexico, 2011. Fought against fracking in Sandoval County. Worked with environmental groups including the Nuclear Issues Study Group to draft, recruit legislative cosigners, and send legislative request that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission delay the permitting process for interim waste storage facility until all safety concerns have been satisfactorily addressed. Named Animal Protection Voter Champion for work done to mandate the humane treatment of bears (2017-HB 109) and to end coyote killing contests (2013-HB 316). Worked with ranchers and the federal government for clean water and the implementation of sustainable land use practices within the ranching industry.
  • EDUCATION: B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University in government & political science. California State University Los Angeles for education certification. University of Virginia State Legislative Leaders Foundation, graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program.

1. What would be your top priorities as land commissioner?

Resources from state lands have been controlled by a small but powerful industry, resulting in sweetheart deals that take money from our schools, hospitals, and colleges.

I’ll implement data driven solutions to ensure everyone pays their fair share and that we start to transition to renewable energy production.

2. What steps, if any, would you take to boost revenue for public schools and other beneficiaries of the state land trust?

Along with restoring the $700 million in renewable energy projects, it’s time leases start paying comparable rates likes those in Texas (25%) or even Louisiana (60%). I’ll utilize my experience as a 3-term Representative to lobby and pass legislation to increases the rates, ensuring more revenue for less extraction.

3. What steps, if any, would you take to protect the environment and promote outdoor recreation?

It’s critical that we keep trust lands accessible for recreational and hunting plus develop the untapped potential for a low-impact ecotourism economy and established outdoor recreation businesses that would bring in millions in additional revenue. I’ll ensure we don’t put profits before stewardship, maintaining our lands for generations to come.

4. What would be your approach to overseeing state investments and investment strategy as a member of the State Investment Council?

In my 6 years as state Representative, I’ve helped craft our budget and worked on countless issues regarding our state investment portfolio. It’s time to look to best practices in other states, diversify our portfolio and to invest in wind, solar and other sustainable projects that grow our economy locally.

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?


2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?


3. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain:

I was detained and ticketed during college for jumping a turnstile in a subway.

Land commissioner candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard