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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.