Aubrey Dunn

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Aubrey Dunn
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New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands
In office
Term ends
Years in position 0
Base salary$106,050
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAlmagordo High School
Bachelor'sColorado State University
Place of birthAlamagordo, New Mexico
Campaign website
Aubrey Dunn is the current Republican New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands. He first won election to the office in the 2014 elections.[1] Dunn defeated incumbent Ray Powell (D) following a statewide recount of votes in December 2014. Learn more about the recount by jumping to the race background section.

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
  • B.A.: Colorado State University[1]

Political career

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands (2015-present)

Dunn was first elected to the land commissioner's office on November 4, 2014, and was sworn into office in January 2015.[3]



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

Dunn ran 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 took place November 4, 2014.


General election
New Mexico Land Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAubrey Dunn 50.1% 250,185
     Democratic Ray Powell Incumbent 49.9% 249,481
Total Votes 499,666
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Race background

State recount

The New Mexico Secretary of State started a recount in the land commissioner's race on December 11, 2014. Challenger Aubrey Dunn (R) won the initial vote by a small margin over incumbent Ray Powell (D). State law requires a recount if the difference between the top two candidates for a seat is one-half of 1 percent. Powell initially challenged how state officials would test ballots prior to the recount, but dropped an appeal to the New Mexico Supreme Court after an agreement was reached over ballot testing. This was the first statewide recount since a 2008 law instituted the automatic recall requirement.[4] Dunn maintained his lead following the recount's completion on December 16, confirming his victory over Powell.[5]

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. [6]

—Aubrey Dunn's campaign website, (2014), [7]


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.[8][9]

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 and his wife, Robin, have three children and a granddaughter.[10]

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