Aubrey Dunn

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Aubrey Dunn
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Candidate for
New Mexico State Senate District 39
High schoolAlmagordo High School
Bachelor'sColorado State University
Place of birthAlamagordo, New Mexico
Campaign website
Aubrey Dunn is a Republican candidate for New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands in the 2014 elections.[1]

Dunn was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 39 of the New Mexico State Senate.


Dunn was a crop inspector for Production Credit Association and a CEO and President of First Federal Bank in Roswell, New Mexico before becoming a rancher.[2]


  • High School: Almagordo High School
  • BA: Colorado State University[1]



See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Dunn is running for election to the office of New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands. Dunn was uncontested in the primary on June 3, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Campaign themes

Dunn's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

New Mexico voters have a choice: will the next four years see more extreme environmental actions from a State Land Commissioner that cost us jobs, or will we have a balanced effort to protect our resources while optimizing our public lands to provide jobs and produce revenue that our schools need?

My opponent leans toward extreme environmentalism and has a history of taking sweetheart deals. As land commissioner, he selected out-of-state land developers, Forrest City Covington, to develop Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol. So far, they’ve given him $30,000 in campaign contributions.

My opponent and I have very different views on Management and Utilization of Public Lands, Property Rights, and how the State Land Office should be run. This chart gives you those differences in a nutshell. For more information on each specifically, please visit Public Land Utilization, Renewable Energy, Federal Land Management, Property Rights, and State Land Office.

If you’re not familiar with the State Land Office, and the role of the Commissioner, here’s a little background: The position of the Commissioner of Public Lands was created in our state’s Constitution through the Enabling Act for New Mexico of 1910 to oversee the Trust lands. These lands were granted to the Territory of New Mexico by Congress more than 150 years ago to serve as a source of revenue to support our public school system as we became a state. The income was designated to be used for universities, hospitals, correctional facilities and public buildings. The current 9 million surface acres and 13 million subsurface acres which include mineral rights, provide revenue to the Permanent Fund from oil and gas; agriculture; renewable energy operations of wind, solar and biomass; and other economic development activities.

We must protect our lands, ensure their access to the public as well as properly manage how they should be used to produce revenue, it’s vital to have a Commissioner without the extreme environmental views and ties to special interests that my opponent has. We need a Commissioner that has the business background to increase our revenues for our state. I ask for your support and your vote on November 4th.


—Aubrey Dunn's campaign website, (2014), [4]


See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Dunn ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 39. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Incumbent Phil Griego (D) ran against Nicole Castellano and Jack Sullivan in the Democratic primary. He was defeated by incumbent Phil Griego in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

New Mexico State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Griego Incumbent 55.3% 10,148
     Republican Aubrey Dunn 44.7% 8,195
Total Votes 18,343


He is married to Robin and has three children and a granddaughter.[7]

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