Jay Block Is Wrong for New Mexicans

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Jay Block Is Wrong for New Mexicans

Block’s Record Includes Extremist Views and Botched COVID Response

County Commissioner Jay Block announced his gubernatorial campaign today in a ludicrous press conference, where he lied about his own record and tried to claim that he would advance a moderate and reasonable agenda. In reality, Commissioner Block has a well-documented history of extremist political positions and his COVID-19 response in Sandoval county was ineffective and dangerous. 

Let’s look at the facts: 

Block has opposed common sense reforms that would benefit workers, including opposing measures such as raising the minimum wage and providing paid sick leave. 

After significant public outcry, Block was forced to withdraw his support for an Oil and Gas Ordinance that would allow drilling without baseline groundwater testing or post-drilling monitoring, putting Sandoval County residents in danger of contamination of chemicals used in drilling and fracking. 

Block has allied himself with extremists, including attending a Trump rally alongside U.S. Capitol insurrectionist Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin, who later said that “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”

Block’s COVID-19 failed response included voting for a resolution that would have reopened high-risk businesses as early as May 2020 and questioning the county manager’s plan. 

These extremist stances and policy failures are just the tip of the iceberg, and Block’s tenure is marked throughout by questionable choices. 

DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement regarding County Commissioner Jay Block’s candidacy for governor:

“Jay Block has shown that he’s an ineffective leader who would rather cozy up to party extremists than support hardworking New Mexicans. Block’s attempts to portray himself as a reasonable candidate are immediately undermined by even the shortest glance at his anemic record. New Mexicans aren’t interested in electing someone who has endorsed far-right policies, failed to protect his constituents, and shown that he’s unable to lead.”

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