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Elect Lyla June Johnston

New Mexico state representative - District 47

New Mexico is a place of extraordinary creativity and brilliance. We have an enormous capacity to transform our climate, education and water shortage situations when we tap into the genius that exists all around us and within us. But when backdoor deals with corporations are considered the norm in our capitol, that collective imagination is undermined. Our hands are tied and our voices are silenced by the interest of industry.

Our state is sorely dependent on the crumbs of these corporations, while politicians sell the future for a hit of quick cash. We desperately need policy that thinks seven generations into the future. We need to make the protection of people and planet the top priority in Santa Fe. We need leaders who can stand up to corrupt temptations and choose people over profit. We need politicians who shatter the norm and lead from behind, centering the brilliant voices of the People. I humbly promise you I will be that leader. I will take a stand against corporate infiltration of New Mexican politics and galvanize the collective creativity and ability of our beautiful district.

Yá’át’ééh, my name is

Lyla June Johnston.

My name is Lyla June Johnston and I am of the Diné Nation. I was trained in environmental sciences at Stanford University on one hand and the ecological sciences of my native elders on the other. I’ve worked with communities both locally and internationally to usher in the socio-ecological solutions we need in this critical time. I’m a PhD student, organizer and internationally recognized author and public speaker. I am excited to earn your vote in the coming months and implement bold, progressive policies in the areas of climate, education and wellbeing.

Two months ago I did not think I’d be running for office. I was working steadily on my PhD, strategizing ways to revitalize sustainable food systems. It was around this time that District 47 community members sat me down and urged me to run for office. District 47 is home to the current Speaker of the House, who is deeply influenced by corporate donors and failing us on the issue of climate. He often represents petroleum and other corporate interests instead of the people. This is simply unacceptable in an era of climate crisis and water scarcity. Youth around the world are pleading for urgent action on climate issues. Our policy must revolve around the science and the most impacted communities, not the apathy of our leaders. We must act for the future now.

The Issues

For future generations.

Climate

We can no longer betray future generations and the magnificence of planet Earth. We must act with the serious urgency our times are calling for. New Mexico stands poised to show the world what climate leadership looks like. Climate action and economic restoration strengthen one another and New Mexico has the brilliance and innovation to create this in concrete terms.

Education

We need education that is both equitable and adequate for every child, regardless of their economic or cultural background. We desperately need to decrease school dependency on the uncertain and short-lived oil and gas market so our children will thrive far into the future. I will fight for a public school system that has sophisticated funding sources, 21st century curricula and a safe, nurturing environment for every child.

Healthcare

We need a healthcare system that serves people, not the pharmaceutical industry. We need a healthcare system that honors and serves healthcare workers. We need a healthcare system that supports culturally-appropriate treatments for our diverse state. I am committed to supporting and seeing universal healthcare to completion and protecting it from corporate corruption.

Indigenous Health

The Indigenous People of New Mexico provide the foundation for our artistic and cultural wealth. Yet we continue to be exploited and marginalized. There are not enough voices in the legislature who have the sensitivity and dedication needed to tackle the issues that face our communities. We must fight for and protect the original stewards of this land who have been cheated for far too long.

GUN SAFETY

I stand behind grassroots leaders of New Mexico who have been researching and working on this issue with immense dedication. We have made some good steps towards commonsense gun safety and violence prevention. I will stand by our communities working for safer towns and cities and will fight for them in the Roundhouse.

Anti-Corruption

The energy sector of New Mexico has short-changed our workers, polluted our land and corrupted our state and local governments for decades. I will fight to protect vulnerable frontline communities and workers from the political corruption that is destroying our home, our climate and our future. It is time for us as a people to stand up to out-of-state corporate interests and take our democracy back.

Immigration

There is a long history of those in power incarcerating minorities for political and monetary gain. Knowing that children are in cages at our border demands immediate action. Immigration reform that treats everyone with dignity, provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and keeps families together should be implemented with the urgency it deserves.

OPIOID CRISIS

Substance abuse has reached epidemic levels in our state. Access to affordable long-term treatment, coupled with a job placement initiative, is desperately needed to help those in dire straits due to addiction. With current leadership of District 47 accepting large campaign contributions from billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies, it is not likely real action will be taken any time soon to end the opioid crisis.

Decriminalization

While I am personally pro-sobriety, I understand the War on Drugs has disproportionately affected people of color through incarceration for non-violent offenses like marijuana possession. If these industries grow, let's keep them out of the hands of corporate control and strongly benefiting communities who have been impacted by the War on Drugs.