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Stephanie Garcia Richard

Running for State Land Commissioner
New Mexico
Election: Nov. 6, 2018

Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard's work, positions, and record as a State Representative display her passion for the environment and its protection. During Stephanie's 3-term tenure representing the Jemez Mountain Range district in the State Legislature, she has taken on many challenges, issues and constituency groups that are mirrored at the State Land Office. 

Stephanie is a native New Mexican and lifelong educator who has worked both abroad and in Northern New Mexico. Born in Tucumcari and raised in Silver City, Stephanie learned at a young age the importance of serving others. Her father, a WWII veteran was a teacher; her mother was active in their church and community.

Today, she is a curriculum coordinator for Pojoaque schools and has served the people of New Mexico for six years in the Legislature and is currently the Chair of the House Education Committee. As an educator, Stephanie taught at a Bureau of Indian Affairs school, a charter school and within the public school system. She has seen firsthand how public policies and a lack of funding can impact our children and our communities and knows we must transform the State Land Office if we want to make New Mexico better for generations to come.