For Immediate Release
June 7, 2022
EMILY's List Congratulates Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard on Advancing to the General Election in Reelection Bid
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard on advancing to the general election in the New Mexico public lands commissioner race. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled that Stephanie Garcia Richard has advanced to the general election in her bid to continue representing New Mexicans as their public lands commissioner. Garcia Richard is a proven fighter for New Mexicans, committed to preserving the land while bringing in more funding for the state. She is the first woman and Latina to serve in the position, and we are excited to see this trailblazer reelected in November.”
Stephanie Garcia Richard is the first woman, Latina, and educator to serve as New Mexico’s Commissioner of Public Lands. Born in Tucumcari, N.M. and raised in Silver City, N.M., she graduated from Silver High School before attending Barnard College. In 2012, she was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives where she championed education, renewable energy, job training, and economic development. She was first elected as land commissioner in 2018.
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