On Tuesday, Representative Rodolpho "Rudy" Martinez (D-Dona Ana, Grant, Sierra) announced that he will be seeking re-election in District 39 for the 2018 Election. Martinez completed all of the necessary paperwork and submitted over 200 petition signatures to the Secretary of State today in Santa Fe.Martinez says that the ability to represent District 39, which encompasses various parts of Southern New Mexico including Silver City, Hatch, Las Cruces, Radium Springs and Hillsboro, has been an extreme privilege. "I have been a public servant for most of my life, but the opportunity to represent such a diverse district has been an amazing experience, and one that I would be honored to continue" says Rep. Martinez, who began his term as a Representative in 2007 Martinez went on to say that the best days for New Mexico are ahead of us: "The investments that we are beginning to make in our S

fb img 1521223318379Lee S. Cotter has filed for New Mexico District 39 House seat, running as a Republican.

Leemoved to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1969. He participated in the Las Cruces United Presbyterian Church and the Boy Scouts of America attaining the Life badge before becoming an active Explorer Scout. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972 and attended New Mexico State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Today, Peter DeBenedittis released this announcement:

laura boyd rsDr. Laura BoydDEMING, NM — Dr. Laura Boyd has officially filed to run as a Republican candidate for state representative in House District 32. The district spans Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna counties, and it includes the communities of Deming, Lordsburg, and Columbus.

johnson for auditorIt’s official! Wayne Johnson said he is humbled and grateful to be the 2018 Republican nominee for New Mexico State Auditor.

"Thanks to the army of volunteers who collected nearly triple the amount of signatures that were required to get me on the ballot. I delivered those 3,600 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. And I'm on the ballo.!

"Last December, Governor Susana Martinez appointed me as the New Mexico State Auditor to complete the remainder of Tim Keller’s term.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Congressman Steve Pearce has officially qualified for the primary ballot as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico. According to the Secretary of State, the Bureau of Elections has reviewed Pearce's declaration of candidacy, nomination petitions, and certificate of registration and has determined they are all in proper order and timely filed.

"It's a great honor to officially be the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico," said Congressman Pearce. "We are building momentum in this race every day and are grateful for the thousands of New Mexicans who signed our nominating petitions. Together we are going to fix our broken education system, tackle the poverty that is hurting our state, get dangerous criminals off our streets, and create good paying jobs that put New Mexicans on the path to successful long term careers."

For more information visit www.PearceForNM.com 

william perkinsWilliam Perkins announces his candidacy for District Judge of the Sixth Judicial District Court, Division I. The Division I judge’s position was vacated upon the retirement of the Hon. H. R. Quintero in March of 2017, and the voters of Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo Counties will elect a judge in the next general election.

tom stewartTom Stewart has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Sixth Judicial District Court Judge, Division I. Stewart is a long-time southwest New Mexico attorney in private practice since 1985. He has a diverse background in the law and has represented people in virtually every kind of legal matter including injury, medical malpractice, family law, criminal, products liability, probate and commercial cases.

Stewart said that he is “looking forward to using my legal experience as a district court judge for the people of Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties. Being a judge is a serious matter. If you have to be in a courtroom, you want an independent and impartial judge who applies the law correctly, impartially and consistently.”

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