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New Mexico Sen. Joseph Cervantes has announced he is running for governor of New Mexico.

"New Mexico is in crisis," Cervantes said. "The only opportunity to turn the state around is to have an effective governor. We have many legislators, but it takes the governor to draw the vision together."

He was born and raised in southern New Mexico. "I received two degrees in architecture, before I decided to go into law. As an architect, I always have a vision, which becomes a plan and then I go to work building it. We have a lot of potential in the state. We just need to build public support."

Joseph Bizzell, Public Regulation Commission Candidate, Embarks on Three Week Journey to Help those Impacted by Hurricane Irma

September 8, 2017: New Mexico resident, Joseph Bizzell, has been asked to travel to Florida in anticipation of the most devastating hurricane to hit the coast in decades in order to develop and implement a plan to help Floridians restore power to their homes and businesses. Joseph has nearly two decades of experience working with utilities – specializing in high voltage electrical services. Joseph started his career working with his family business building distribution lines that brought power to hundreds of people in his community:

“I am honored that I’ve been asked to help our neighbors in Florida. In the past, I’ve worked to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy and those of the Albuquerque Microburst. I’m no stranger to this type of situation and my main focus is ensuring we can get the lights back on for those affected by this storm.

“When I served in the Navy, I saw first-hand the devastating impact these storms can have and if my experience can help others – I want to be there on the front lines.

“This is about working together - and remembering that we all are Americans and in times of need we need to come together,” said Joseph Bizzell.

Joseph Bizzell is a lifelong resident of New Mexico. He grew up in Belen and currently lives in Los Lunas with his wife Andrea, and their daughter, Bella.

“If I can bring my background and experience to help the citizens impacted by this storm, basically, if I can help keep their lights on and restore power– then my place is there to help,” added Bizzell.

Joseph is also running for the Public Regulation Commission – District 5. The Public Regulation Commission impacts local utility rates as well as commercial transportation, tow-truck services, and ambulance services.

Joseph will be documenting his journey via Facebook live and he plans to serve in Florida for the next three weeks. For more information or to follow Joseph live please contact – Megan Wells for more details.

David Baake, a Democrat based in Las Cruces, is running for Congress to unseat Republican Steve Pearce. Baake, who grew up about a mile from the Sunland Park racetrack, graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014. After that, he spent a year with the Natural Resources Defense Council, working to promote clean energy and protect Americans from harmful air pollution. Baake also spent time as an attorney in the federal judiciary, working to promote fairness and standing up for constitution rights.

"Growing up in a middle class family, my parents taught me that all people deserve respect and the opportunity to succeed," Baake said. "I'm running for Congress because I think we need to return to those values." Baake cited Steve Pearce's vote for the American Health Care Act as evidence that new leadership is needed for Southern New Mexico. "The bill Pearce voted for would cause 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance, while raising costs for seniors and folks with pre-existing conditions. Pearce's vote shows he cares more about tax cuts for billionaires than the health of his constituents. We need a new voice in Washington who will defend all New Mexicans."

Baake also pointed to Pearce's opposition to public lands and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument as evidence that he is out of touch with the people of Southern New Mexico. "Our public lands are where many of us spend the most precious moments of our lives, hiking and hunting and fishing without our families. I cherish them, and will fight to protect them for our kids and grandkids," Baake said.

Although the election is not until November 6, 2018, Baake said he was not waiting to get started. "Too many New Mexicans are struggling. Unemployment is too high. Wages are stagnating. And now our health care is at risk. We need to start now, so we can build a movement to get our country moving in the right direction again."

For more information, please visit www.baake4nm.com. And check out our announcement video at https://twitter.com/baake4nm

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