Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used Northern New Mexico College as the site for her virtual speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
She addressed the convention Aug. 19 from the El Rito Campus Solar Array, a large solar panel site constructed this past year.
“The speech was focused on the critical need to address climate change, and how New Mexico’s investments in clean energy can serve as a role model to the country,” advisor Brad Elkins wrote in an email. “The location reflects that.”
Lujan Grisham said in her speech that New Mexico has “punched above our weight” in the response to COVID-19. New Mexico is consistently one of the top states in testing according to Woldometers, and has far fewer cases per population than surrounding states.
Lujan Grisham touted environmental issues and criticized the Trump administration for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and rolling back regulations.
“We’ve committed to a renewable energy future with exciting and fulfilling careers for workers all across our beautiful state, including right here in the heart of Northern New Mexico,” she said. “The choice is clear. The choice is Joe Biden.”
In a video posted to the College’s YouTube page, College President Rick Bailey mentioned the significance of her speech.
“Of all the places she could have chosen, she chose to be at Northern New Mexico College’s El Rito campus,” Bailey said.
He said that he was proud that the College could provide the location for her.
“Her choice to be here, I think, is a testament to all of you, and the excellence that you provide and the service that you provide every day,” Bailey said.
New Mexico House Rep. Derrick Lente, D-Sandia Pueblo, was New Mexico’s official voting delegate for the convention during the virtual roll call of states and territories.
“We believe that we owe it to the next generation to protect the natural and cultural resources that are their inheritance, and to that end, also respect tribal sovereignty,” said Lente, whose district includes part of Rio Arriba County.