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.

Billy G. Garrett, Doña Ana County Commissioner, is running for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico in the 2018 Democratic Primary. Garrett will hold a press conference to announce his campaign on Tuesday, October 24 at 5:00 pm in the Mesilla Plaza.

“I am proud to announce my candidacy in historic Mesilla, at the heart of Doña Ana County. New Mexicans are ready for a change that will lead our State into the future it deserves. The values I have followed as a Commissioner compel me to take up the challenge of this race”, Garrett said.

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.

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ― Anonymous

bizzell"As your PRC Commissioner, I will:

– Demand accountability from providers that deliver essential services to New Mexico residents, including utilities, pipelines, commercial transportation, and those industries that help ensure public safety
– Provide fairness for hard-working New Mexico residents who depend on vital industries – keeping the cost down to keep the lights on
– Ensure I am accessible to constituents so the residents of PRC District 5 have a voice regarding the decisions that impact their daily lives."

He 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.

Following his service in the Navy, Joseph returned to New Mexico where he successfully managed his own small business and continues to help his parents on their family farm where they grow alfalfa and millet.

As an advocate for New Mexico, Joseph currently serves on the New Mexico State Apprenticeship Council, a board that oversees all apprenticeships throughout the state ranging from carpentry to electricians. This is a vital board that ensures both continued job growth for New Mexico residents as well as a pathway to success for individuals seeking a career in the trade industry.

In his free time, Joseph enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering at local children’s charity events with life-size model R2-droids that he builds.

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."

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