Congressional Candidate Talks About Support For New Monument

Jan 24, 2014

  Las Cruces, NM – This afternoon Congressional Candidate, Leslie Endean-Singh joined hundreds of citizens by showing their support for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

Endean-Singh presented the statement at a town hall meeting which invited the public to share their views with the United States Secretary Interior Sally Jewell and United States Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.

Leslie Endean-Singh is a Democratic candidate for Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd district.  Endean-Singh is a former Magistrate Judge, prosecutor, and court appointed child advocate, and for the last decade has managed a rural medical clinic with her husband. She resides in Alamogordo.

Statement: As prepared for delivery

“My name is Leslie Endean-Singh and I am here today to voice my strong support for creating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

Southern New Mexico is home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking areas in the country. I am thrilled to see the federal government taking a more active role in protecting this area.

By creating a national monument we will see more than 590 jobs created and over $30 million will be introduced into our local economy. These new revenues can help us improve our crumbling infrastructure and help enhance our local schools. Southern NM suffers with some of the highest unemployment rates in the state, and these jobs are essential to securing a brighter economic future in our region."

My family moved to New Mexico when I was three years old and I can always remember being enchanted by the natural beauty that surrounded us. By preserving this land we will be protecting a part of what makes New Mexico a beautiful place to live and raise a family, for future generations.

I believe that Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks should become a National Monument. Doing so will almost certainly create jobs here in Southern New Mexico, and preserve essential open spaces that are all too rapidly disappearing across the country.”