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Common Cause to honor councilor


Cheryl Everett

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A Rio Rancho city councilor is one of seven people who will be recognized next month by Common Cause New Mexico for their work regarding good government and transparency.

Councilor Cheryl Everett will join Las Cruces City Councilor Olga Pedroza, interim Secretary of State Brad Winter and Attorney General’s Office lobbyist Stuart Bluestone on Dec. 3 to receive a Best in Government Award from CCNM. New Mexico In Depth data reporter Sandra Fish and KOB-TV reporters Ryan Luby and Chris Ramirez will also receive an award.

Common Cause is a nonprofit, nonpartisan lobbying group that advocates open and transparent government.

According to CCNM release, Everett will be recognized for her work leading to Rio Rancho’s enactment of an ethics code that establishes ethics standards for elected and appointed officials.

Everett said she was thrilled to find out she was being recognized by CCNM.

“I was totally surprised and just really honored and humbled to be recognized by Common Cause,” she said.

Everett said the recognition was due to the city’s staff, elected officials and residents.

“It’s really a reflection of the city and the other people who made it happen,” she said. “I think it’s a step forward that Rio Rancho has taken and I want to give credit to everybody who helped with that.”

The CCNM annual luncheon event will be held at the UNM Continuing Education Building at noon.