ROSWELL, N.M. (Feb. 11, 2016) — Roswell Republican Greg Nibert announced Thursday his candidacy for House District 59 at the Joseph R. Skeen Chaves County Administrative Center. This seat is held by Rep. Nora Espinoza, who has filed her candidacy for New Mexico Secretary of State.
Greg Nibert, a former Chaves County Commissioner and advocate for fiscal accountability, is a proven conservative who believes government should be no larger than absolutely necessary to carry out its constitutional duties to its citizens, and that government closest to the people is best. Through his service to Chaves County, he has proved his commitment to common sense government that lives within its means.
“It is time for the Republican majority in the House to lead the State with its core values to restore good government for all the citizens of New Mexico,” he said. “I have worked my entire career to restrict government overreach and to make government work for the people of our community. I am ready to continue this work in Santa Fe.”
Greg Nibert has been active in local politics for more than 20 years. He is a former Chair of the Chaves County Republican Party and completed two terms on the Chaves County Commission in 2014.
An attorney with the Hinkle Law Firm, Nibert was named Lawyer of the Year in 2015 by the State Bar Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. His leadership and expertise was critical to the county’s successful efforts to keep the sand dunes lizard and the lesser prairie chicken from being listed by the US Fish &Wildlife Service. This effort protected jobs, farms and businesses across southeast New Mexico.
As Commissioner, Nibert also used his expertise to help guide Chaves County through the economic downturn, avoiding a furlough of employees and an elimination of county services. This was not the case in many other counties.
The state is now faces difficult issues as a result of the collapse in oil prices and exploration activity. Nibert will take his legal, business, professional and political experience to Santa Fe to protect and promote the interests of the citizens in District 59 and Chaves and Lincoln Counties. He has a continuing interest in public service and has agreed to place his name before the citizens to secure this seat in the House. He spent eight years on the Chaves County Commission’s budget committee, balancing the budget every year, keeping essential county services funded, and keeping a lid on government expansion.
Nibert also believes New Mexico can do better, and must do better, to create employment in our local communities and to stem the loss of our young people to neighboring states by strengthening education. As a Roswell native, he places vital importance on strengthening and diversifying the economic base in New Mexico so our future generations will be able to have good jobs and a great place to live.
“We cannot grow and realize continued prosperity in our community without educated young people who have the skills needed by existing and potential employers,” he said. Approximately one-half of the state’s budget is spent on education, yet New Mexico continues to lag in preparing young people to achieve their full potential and earning capability.
Greg pledges to work with the counties and municipalities of District 59 to ensure that their critical infrastructure needs are represented and heard. New Mexico must do a better job in focusing on maintaining roads, water systems and sewer and waste treatment facilities. “I plan to dedicate much of my work addressing the condition of our roads, assisting municipalities in expanding water lines and sewer lines to aid the growing suburban population,” he said. “This infrastructure is vital to attract new businesses and manufacturing to provide employment opportunities and diversify our economy and increasing our tax base.”
Nibert wants to get government working for our community again. He is approachable and will serve all citizens in the District, if elected. He knows whose money is being spent and whose sweat and effort went into providing the funds.
Nibert added: “I am honored to have been asked by many people in our community to consider running for the District 59 seat. After much thought and prayer, my wife and I have decided I should seek this position. If the citizens of District 59 choose to elect me, it will be an honor to serve to the best of my ability. I ask for your vote and support.”