BRIEF: Nominations must be received by July 16, 2012. Nomination letters should discuss how the person has advanced the cause of open government or free-speech rights in New Mexico. Awards are given in the areas of education, law, government, business and journalism. Submit nominations to email@example.com.
Do you know someone who believes in government transparency at the state or local level - and who has made a significant contribution to sunshine in New Mexico?
The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is accepting nominations for the 2012 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award. The award, named for attorney and FOG co-founder William S. Dixon, is bestowed upon individuals in New Mexico who advance open government or free speech rights in the areas of business, law, education, government and journalism.
If you know someone who deserves the 2012 Dixon Award, submit a nomination letter describing the person's accomplishments or initiatives firstname.lastname@example.org. Award recipients will be selected by a panel of FOG directors and honored at an awards banquet on Oct. 3, 2012.
The 2011 recipients of the Dixon Award were State Senator Sander Rue, the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County, attorney Matthew R. Hoyt and Corrales International School newspaper advisors Bryant Furlow and Scott Blackwell. Previous recipients include state Representative Janice Arnold-Jones, state Rep. Joseph Cervantes, state Sen. Dede Feldman, New Mexico Tech President Daniel Lopez, UNM Regent and Daniels Insurance President Jamie Koch, former PNM CEO Jeff Sterba, former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, former First State Bank CEO Michael Stanford, former state Rep. Ted Hobbs, former state Rep. Max Coll, Lea County State Bank President Sam Spencer, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services President Jim Hinton.
FOG is New Mexico's leading voice for transparency in government. We educate the public and public officials about sunshine laws, assist individuals who have been denied access to public records or meetings, and advocate for greater public access. FOG is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit member organization which has served New Mexico since 1990. To learn more, visit nmfog.org.
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