FARMINGTON, NM – This past weekend, two candidates vying for New Mexico’s third congressional district (CD3) joined together amongst 30 community members in Farmington for an endorsement announcement.
Victor Snover, current Mayor of Aztec and Democrat for Congress, officially exited the race for CD3 and endorsed environmental public interest attorney, Kyle Tisdel in his bid for Congress. (photos attached)
“I want to thank my family and friends who supported my run for Congress and my students who inspire me every day to fight for a more sustainable future,” said Snover. “We face a real climate emergency in this state and our communities in the San Juan Basin deserve an environmental champion with a plan to address the budgetary shortfalls of communities like Farmington and for me, that leader is Kyle Tisdel,” noted Snover.
“I want to thank Victor for his support and incredible leadership at the local level to address climate change head-on,” said Tisdel. “Communities like Farmington have shouldered the environmental and health burdens of oil and gas extraction and now are being abandoned by a dying industry,” voiced Tisdel. “I’m excited to begin the necessary work to make New Mexico the national leader in a just renewable energy transition.”
To read Kyle’s full plan, please visit www.TisdelForCongress.com.
Currently, Kyle directs the Climate & Energy program for a non-profit law firm from his office in Taos, New Mexico. Kyle’s innovative work is at the nexus of public lands and fossil fuel exploitation. Kyle has achieved significant victories against the most environmentally reckless administration in American history, utilizing novel legal strategies to uphold climate science and to halt federal giveaways to the oil and gas industry.
Kyle’s work in New Mexico includes the fight to protect the sacred Greater Chaco Landscape from the ravages of oil and gas exploitation, which threaten cultural sites and indigenous communities. While representing environmental and Diné organizations in federal court, Kyle has won protection for over 20,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest from being sold for oil and gas development and halted federal approval for hundreds of fracking permits across Greater Chaco for failing to consider the cumulative impacts on people and the environment. These wins not only protect our public lands but reduce air and water pollution that harms the health of people living in the shadow of fossil fuel exploitation. Kyle’s recent victories also include half a dozen precedent-setting climate cases in federal courts across the country. These critical victories hold the administration accountable to the scientific reality and timeline of the climate emergency and set the stage for rapid climate progress to be made under new leadership.
Kyle received a B.A. in international relations from Michigan State University and earned his law degree from Vermont Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Kyle has always had a commitment to public service. After spending several years at a private law firm, he left to volunteer with a humanitarian organization in rural India where he worked on initiatives for sustainable development, ecological resilience, and women’s empowerment. Kyle and his wife Dillon live in Taos and have three children—ages eight, three, and one.