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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mike Anaya Endorses Ray Powell, Drops Out of NM Land Commissioner Race

Powell accepting nomination at Pre-Primary Convention: Why should you care about the Land Office? It looks after 13 million acres of your public lands -- hundreds of billions of dollars of your public natural resources, a $10B permanent fund.

In an announcement on Santa Fe Radio KSWV or Qué Suave this morning, Santa Fe County Commissioner and State Land Office candidate Mike Anaya endorsed Ray Powell for State Land Commissioner and has ended his bid for the seat.

Both men were on the radio to discuss the endorsement and the importance of the position.

“I’m honored to have the support of Commissioner Mike Anaya,” said Ray Powell. “As I’ve come to better know Mike, it’s clear he’s passionate about his support for rural communities. It’s clear he got into the race for all the right reasons: he’s dedicated to bettering the lives of New Mexican families.”

“We see eye-to-eye on the need for strengthening local economies and taking care of important state lands like White Peak,” said Ray Powell.

“I appreciate Mike Anaya’s offer to help my campaign, especially given his deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of our working lands and his breadth of knowledge of issues facing New Mexico’s families,” Ray continued. Mike Anaya and his brothers and extended family have a family ranch in Stanley, New Mexico.

Speaking to why he’s supporting Ray Powell, Mike Anaya had this to say:

“We’ve seen the smart leadership Ray brought to the Land Office. He knows the land, he knows New Mexicans, and he knows the job. I trust him and believe he’s is the best choice for Land Commissioner.”

“Ray’s is committed to preserving the farming and ranching traditions on our state lands in New Mexico. He will maintain access for sportsmen”

More info on Ray Powell:

Ray Powell is running in the Democratic Primary against Sandy Jones and Harry Montoya. At the March 13 Democratic Pre-Primary convention, Ray Powell received 44% of the delegate vote and became the only candidate to qualify at the Pre-Primary for the June 1 ballot. Candidates must receive at least 20% in order be on the Primary ballot without having to gather and submit additional petition signatures.

Ray Powell is running for Land Commissioner on a platform of reform in the State Land Office, creating economic development, and conserving and protecting New Mexico’s valuable public lands.

Ray Powell served as Land Commissioner from 1993-2002 and worked with opposing groups to find common interests and solve problems. His accomplishments won praise from business and agriculture groups, sportsmen, academic researchers, and conservationists.

Ray Powell is a veterinarian and currently works as a regional director for the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research Education and Conservation in Santa Fe. 

Video by M.E. Broderick.

March 23, 2010 at 02:39 PM in 2010 DPNM Pre-Primary Convention, 2010 NM Land Commissioner Race | Permalink


Good for you, Mr. Anaya. I call on Harry Montoya and Sandy Jones to do the same. You have nothing to offer that Ray Powell does not have more of.

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 23, 2010 5:30:48 PM

Yeah, when are Montoya and Jones going to face the music and give it up?

Posted by: Bret | Mar 23, 2010 7:04:32 PM

Montoya and Jones will stay in he race because a Liberal Land Commissioner cannot win in November 2010 . Yes things have changed over the last ten years and unfortunately that seat has become conservative , a backlash against the Green movement in NM over the past decade from democrat cattle ranchers and farmers. Take a look at the election history of that race folks. I like Powell but he will lose just like Jerry lost at the convention because at the last minute they will show disrespect to a whole segment of conservative Democrats. Yes folks Jerry lost when his section of the Bernalillo delegation began heckling Congressman Teague with cries of " Healtcare" . Jerry was polling at over 25% before the convention and had the front runners shaking in their boots ! This singular event is what cost Jerry a win at the convention ! Its time to work smarter folks :)

Posted by: November Win | Mar 24, 2010 9:50:55 AM

@November win: You are so full of it. If Montoya and Jones stay in the race it will be out of ego, not principle. Neither will be acceptable to the base: Jones has not done a good job at the PRC, for example voting to deregulate Qwest under certain conditions. Montoya is anti-choice.

Your analysis is laughable. The land commissioner's office (not "seat") is in Rethuglican hands for two reasons only. In 2002 the corrupt, unelectable Art Trujillo won the Democratic primary. In 2006 the oil and gas industry pumped more than $100K into the race after the final reporting period, and Lyons slimed Jim Baca with it. I have nodoubt they'll try the same trick again, but Ray Powell does not have Jim Baca's unpopular tenure as Albuquerque mayor to contend with.

"Democrat ranchers?" When will you Rethuglican trolls learn that Democrat is a noun, never an adjective? You reveal yourself with your abuse of the English language. You probably don't even know that using the word Democrat as an adjective is a deliberate slur invented by Joe McCarthy and popularized more recently by Newt Gingrich.

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 24, 2010 10:52:36 AM

Since when is protecting New Mexico's assets a "liberal" thing? Pat Lyons has given away the store on secret deals to his pals. @November-do you like pay to play because that is what Lyons has been doing. Ray Powell was an excellent land commissioner in the past and he is as honest as the day is long. He is THE most qualified and experienced candidate by far.

Jones is on the side of the big dollar donors, Montoya is anti-choice and has zero experience that matches the job.

Posted by: Old Dem | Mar 24, 2010 11:39:06 AM

Gotcha !Way to elevate the conversation with an insult " Proud Dem " ! You are confirming my point about Jerry losing at the convention when his people disrespected Harry Teague and our fellow conservative democrats. This is the same reason Powell will loose in November. Montoya and Jones will stay in the race just like Jerry will because its called the democratic process not ego " Proud Dem". I will quote everyones grandma " If you want a seat at the table show some respect "

Posted by: November Win | Mar 25, 2010 8:58:53 AM