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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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