A Las Vegas teacher and environmental activist has announced that he will once again run for a seat on the San Miguel County Commission.
Ulibarri issued a statement to the Optic late Friday afternoon. In it, he said he planned to make the official announcement later that afternoon at the anti-fracking rally at Plaza Park.
Ulibarri resides in District 1, and that seat is currently held by Commissioner Ron Ortega.
“There are some who believe that fracking is coming into San Miguel County whether we like it or not,” Ulibarri said in his written statement. “Our commissioner of District 1 invited the industry in, and as commissioner of District 1, I will let them know they are no longer welcome.”
In fact, Ortega has been vocal about his opposition to fracking given the amount of water it uses, but he and the rest of the commissioners have decided that an all out ban on oil and gas drilling is not the way to go. But they are in the process of crafting a strict ordinance that, if enacted, would set high hurdles for the oil and gas industry to overcome in order to begin drilling in the county.
In his statement, Ulibarri asks residents of District 1 to support him “and to support my efforts and allow me to work on an alternative to the gas and oil industry.”
The primary election is eight months away.
Ulibarri, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for the District 1 commission seat in 2010.
“My platform is and will always be grassroots economic development, alternative energy center, and summer youth programs for the rural areas,” Ulibarri said.