Colón: “I am running for State Auditor because like so many New Mexicans I am fed up and not willing to sit on the sidelines.”

Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Brian Colón announced he is running for New Mexico State Auditor to hold government agencies and officials accountable, fight for educators and students, and improve public safety in New Mexico’s diverse communities. Brian earned his undergraduate degree in Finance at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and then graduated from the University of New Mexico’s School of Law. Brian went to elementary school in Albuquerque, grew up in rural Valencia County, lived in Las Cruces for ten years where he met his wife and his son was born. Currently, Brian lives and works in Albuquerque. Brian’s wife, Aleli, has been a public school teacher for 17 years in New Mexico and their son, Rafael, attended public school in New Mexico and is now on a Presidential Scholarship attending George Washington University.

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico native Arthur Castillo announced his candidacy today for State Treasurer. As the former CFO for the Office of State Treasurer and Director of Budget and Finance, Castillo has the passion for New Mexico and experience to manage the State Treasurer’s Office.

“As a proven financial planner, budgeting professional, grant writer, and administrator, I plan to restore honesty, responsibility, and accountability to the Office of State Treasurer,” Castillo said. “With ethical and responsible leadership, we will work together to right New Mexico’s financial woes.”

michelle garcia holmesAlbuquerque, NM – New Mexico native Michelle Garcia Holmes announced her candidacy today for Lieutenant Governor. With the experience of 30 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer, chief of staff for Attorney General Gary King, and advocate for children, Garcia Holmes will work hard to make New Mexico a better place to live and raise a family.

“People need jobs and they need to feel safe in their homes and their communities,” Garcia Holmes said. “We have to build a brighter future for New Mexico by addressing our economic needs and fighting the crime that has taken over our cities and towns. I will work hard to make New Mexico safe and strong. I come from a family that knows the value of a hard day’s work.”

Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, Michelle Garcia Holmes, met in Silver City Tuesday afternoon with local Republicans. Garcia Holmes told the crowd that she was looking forward to running on the same ticket with New Mexico Republican Congressman Steve Pearce, currently representing New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District, who is running for governor.

Garcia Holmes is opposed in the Republican primary by Mark Yule of Taos. Pearce does not face opposition in the primary, to be held June 5.

m laneyMaurine Laney is announcing her bid for re-election to the office of Magistrate Judge Grant Division 1 in Silver City.

Judge Laney began her career in the Magistrate Court in 1992 as a Court Clerk and worked her way up through the ranks to become Court Manager in 2004 where she remained until her election to office in 2011. With more than 25 years of experience, she has held every position offered in the Magistrate Court. Her extensive knowledge of the inner-workings of the court, combined with her working knowledge of the state statutes and judicial rules of procedure, has made her a strong asset to the magistrate court.

Throughout two terms in office, Judge Laney has continued her education by attending numerous trainings, workshops, and courses offered by the Judicial Education Center of New Mexico and the National Judicial College. During her first year in office, she was elected to the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association Board of Directors and has served on the board for the last 7 years. Judge Laney was selected to be a member of the Judicial Education Center’s training team in 2011 and has taught a number of courses covering such topics as Advanced Civil Case Procedures, Landlord Tenant Issues, Handling Domestic Violence Cases, New Judges Training, and Ethics.

mathysChris Mathys has announced his intention to run for Public Regulation Commission, District 5.

Chris is a Las Cruces businessman. He has been in working for over 30 years, holding real estate broker licenses in New Mexico, California, and Colorado. Chris Mathys truly understands the need for less government. Ronald Reagan once said “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'”

As a single father and with help from his parents Heidi and Guy, Chris Mathys raised his son Roman. They taught him that in America your opportunities are only limited by your dreams and hard work. Roman is currently in graduate school working on his MBA.

Chris is a U.S. Army Veteran. He enlisted in 1984 as an Armed Forces reporter and Spanish translator working at the U.S. Southern Command in Panama.

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