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Albuquerque N.M. – In response to recent calls for increased funding for the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office, Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas (D-Albuquerque), Chair of the Interim Legislative Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee, released the following statement.

"We get the criminal justice system we pay for. After seven years of starving the criminal justice system, I'm glad to hear the Governor is realizing we must increase funding for the Bernalillo County DA's Office. Crimes on the books are meaningless unless we devote the funding needed to successfully prosecute these cases. The Governor's repeated vetoes of commonsense revenue increases are not reasonable in 2017 and have starved the system designed to keep crime under control. We must invest in keeping our communities safe."

Albuquerque – The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement after Dan Lewis advanced to the mayoral runoff to face progressive politician Tim Keller.

"Albuquerque voters will have a very clear choice on November 15," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "Dan Lewis is a job creator who will strengthen our economy, make our city safer, and move Albuquerque forward. Tim Keller is a progressive politician who supported the job-killing sick leave ordinance that will hurt our economy when we can least afford it and did nothing to make his community safer when he represented the senate district with the highest crime rate in the state.

Albuquerque – The Republican Party of New Mexico made the following statement after Albuquerque voters defeated the so-called 'Healthy Workforce' ordinance.

"This job-killing measure was drafted by New York attorneys and supported by politicians like Tim Keller who would rather advance a progressive agenda than move Albuquerque forward," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "Voters made the right decision by voting against a measure that would have hurt our city when we could least afford it and hurt the small businesses that are the backbone of our economy."

Albuquerque – The Republican Party of New Mexico made the following statement after Robert Aragon advanced to the runoff for the District 5 seat on the Albuquerque City Council.

"Robert Aragon articulated a clear vision for Albuquerque's future and voters rewarded him for his message and his hard work," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "We will work hard to help make Robert the next councilor for District 5 so he can fight for our community and make Albuquerque a stronger, safer city."

Albuquerque – ABQ Success, a Measured Finance Committee established by the Republican Party of New Mexico, launched a new web ad today highlighting progressive mayoral candidate Brian Colón's tirade on the city of Albuquerque.

While campaigning for Lt. Governor, Colón publicly stated:

Hobbs, NM – The Pearce for New Mexico campaign released the following statement after the Secretary of State and the Attorney General filed responses to the campaign's legal action to allow the transfer of funds from a federal account to a state account.

"Even after delays and extensions, the Secretary of State and the Attorney General have provided no compelling reason why they refuse to follow the law and previous court rulings regarding the transfer of funds," said Pearce campaign spokesman Greg Blair. "This is a sad case of politics as usual, with elected leaders using their position of authority to attempt to tip the scales in favor of their party in the governor's race."

"This case presents an enormous conflict of interest to both officials as they use their power to benefit their own party. It's particularly alarming that the Attorney General, who has already formally endorsed the Democratic front-runner in this race, refuses to adhere to the law in order to benefit his chosen candidate. Voters are tired of this rank partisanship and abuse of power."

HOBBS – Dark money groups continued their attack on Steve Pearce for being the only candidate for governor who puts New Mexico above special interests, releasing a misleading and desperate ad today as part of an ongoing campaign funded by left-wing out-of-state donors with a partisan agenda.

"Dark money groups are pulling out all the stops to attack Steve Pearce because his vision for New Mexico is a threat to their partisan agenda," said Pearce campaign spokesman Greg Blair. "Steve worked with residents, ranchers, conservationists, business owners, and community leaders in southern and western New Mexico to protect public lands without hurting the local economy and their way of life. That kind of leadership is unacceptable to left-wing special interest groups, who parachute into New Mexico to enact a radical agenda with no regard for how it affects people who actually live here."

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