img 8720My name is Nancy Stephens, and I am running for Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor (Position 3) in the November election.

I grew up in an agricultural community and have always valued connection to the land. My first job was detasseling corn. Sunburned and blistered, I wanted to quit after the first day, but according to my dad, he didn't raise a quitter. The daughter of two public school teachers, I also value education.

I earned a psychology degree from Indiana University. I worked my way through school caring for adults with disabilities and served as chair of our student environmental action coalition. Two memorable projects involved building a giant wire-mesh sphere filled with recyclable materials salvaged from the dumpster and directing a student play (accompanied by a funk band!) based on Dr. Seuss's wonderful book, The Lorax, about the importance of responsible stewardship of our natural environment.

After college I packed my Chevy Cavalier and moved to Las Cruces. There I earned a master's degree in social work, volunteered as a literacy tutor, served as a student senator, met my husband, and worked as membership coordinator for a nonprofit environmental organization. My favorite part of the job was planning education outreach events like evening lecture series and guided nature hikes.

I whole-heartedly believe in the Soil and Water Conservation District's (SWCD) mission to prevent soil erosion and floodwater damage, and to conserve water and natural resources. I'll do my best to let you know when meetings are happening, what projects are planned and how SWCD's actions might affect you. I will use available resources to fairly balance and meet the needs of all local land users. I'll gladly partner with schools, agencies, and organizations to identify resource conservation needs and educate more people about soil and water conservation issues.

Southwest New Mexico has been my home for 20 years, and I'm grateful to raise my kids in Grant County. I've been privileged to work in the community as a family therapy supervisor, school social worker, non-profit board member and executive director. People have described me in these roles as diplomatic, analytical, practical, and tough. I've developed strong communication, management, budgeting, and organization skills which will help me positively represent and serve the people of Grant County as a SWCD Supervisor.

If you have any questions, contact me at nancyforsoilandwater@gmail.com. Early voting begins October 5, and Election Day is November 2. Please consider voting for me. Thank you!