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ALBUQUERQUE—Democratic Mayor of Grants Martin Hicks today endorsed Steve Pearce for Governor. Mayor Hicks joins a growing list of prominent Democrats to endorse Pearce including former Democratic Governor Jerry Apodaca and Dorothy Runnels, a lifelong Democrat and widow of former Congressman Harold Runnels.

"As a lifelong Democrat and current Mayor of Grants, my top priority is creating good paying jobs for the citizens I serve. That's why I'm endorsing Steve Pearce for Governor: he will be a jobs governor for all New Mexicans. Steve Pearce is the only candidate in this race with the business experience needed to bring good paying jobs and sustainable economic growth to all of New Mexico, including rural parts of our state like Cibola County. He is a dedicated public servant, serving not only as a combat pilot in Vietnam but also in the New Mexico legislature and now the United States Congress. His broad experience is what we need in a Governor.

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced today his plans to bring auto manufacturing and assembly jobs to New Mexico. Following the announcement of the new U.S.-Mexico trade deal, which increases requirements for North American made car content, Pearce, a former businessman and job creator, announced that as Governor he will bring together all resources of state government, the business community, and local leaders to create high-paying auto manufacturing and assembly jobs in New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE – Just weeks after finding tens of thousands of dollars in inappropriate spending by Democratic House Candidate Andrea Romero, a new report shows that State Auditor Wayne Johnson has uncovered more abuse of taxpayer dollars at a state-funded agency that is supposed to help feed senior citizens. KRQE reports that Johnson's audit found $118,000 in taxpayer funds used for parties, alcohol, dinners, hotels, a staff retreat, and even laser tag.
 
"New Mexico taxpayers should be confident that government agencies are spending their money responsibly, but unfortunately that is not always the case," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "As State Auditor, Wayne Johnson has rooted out corruption and inappropriate spending, ensuring that New Mexico tax dollars are going toward essential services rather than parties and fancy dinners. Auditor Johnson has proven that he will be relentless in protecting taxpayer money and has earned the trust of voters for a full term on the job."

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, today called for systematic reforms to protect children throughout New Mexico. In front of the Children, Youth and Family Department (CYFD) offices in Albuquerque, Pearce stood with an array of advocates for child well being and laid out his plan to address the state's problems. 

"We are here today because all of us are disgusted with the failure of our state to protect our children from abuse, neglect, and even death at the hand of child predators. The horrific stories are too many to list. It is now time to act. This must end. The future of our state depends on how we manage this crisis. A society that does not protect its children has no future. I am committing today that under my Administration, New Mexico will no longer be known as the place where our kids suffer at the hands of despicable predators.

"The fixes are not easy. It will require focus, management, collaboration, and a commitment to systemic change," said Pearce. "No more excuses. Together, as New Mexicans, we can change the culture of indifference in our state and make it a place where our kids grow up safely."

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, today called for systematic reforms to protect children throughout New Mexico. In front of the Children, Youth and Family Department (CYFD) offices in Albuquerque, Pearce stood with an array of advocates for child well being and laid out his plan to address the state's problems.

"We are here today because all of us are disgusted with the failure of our state to protect our children from abuse, neglect, and even death at the hand of child predators. The horrific stories are too many to list. It is now time to act. This must end. The future of our state depends on how we manage this crisis. A society that does not protect its children has no future. I am committing today that under my Administration, New Mexico will no longer be known as the place where our kids suffer at the hands of despicable predators.

The following is via FactCheck.org:

A Democratic ad revives long-discredited claims of corruption and shady dealing by GOP Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico. We thoroughly debunked those same claims eight years ago. And unlike wine and whiskey, political mud doesn't improve with age.

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, released the following statement today:

"As New Mexico's oil and gas operations boom and add hundreds of millions to our state budget we must take this opportunity to get more funds to our schools, improve our mental health system, cut taxes on Social Security for seniors, and make cash payments on strategic infrastructure projects like broadband, roads, and wastewater. We should also ensure our reserves are adequately funded.

"Today's report is unquestionably good news, but going forward we must diversify our economy to bring in more jobs and more stable sources of revenue for the state. As Governor, I will pursue an all of the above energy policy as well as bringing new jobs to New Mexico in the high tech, tourism, manufacturing, natural resources, and renewable energy industries. My opponent has authored a plan to shut down this oil boom and dry up critical funding for our state."

ALBUQUERQUE – Michelle Lujan Grisham's Washington supporters began airing an attack ad against Steve Pearce today that says more about Lujan Grisham's failed leadership than it does about Pearce's candidacy. The ad is nearly identical to an attack ad from 2010, which was completely debunked by nonpartisan fact checkers. This year's edition was paid for by a front group established by the Democratic Governor's Association, which rented a mailbox in Santa Fe in order to hide the fact that Lujan Grisham received air support from party leaders in Washington, D.C.

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