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Candidates line up to replace Heinrich in New Mexico’s First District

Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

This report is part of collaboration with WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” to cover the 25 most captivating congressional races from around the country.

New Mexico’s First Congressional District — which encompasses Albuquerque, its suburbs and a sparsely populated rural area to the east — swung with the political winds in the past two elections. Rep. Martin Heinrich saw a 12-point victory in 2008 to become the first Democrat to represent the seat, but in 2010 he came within four points of losing. Now, he’s vacating the seat to run for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

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No congressional run for New Mexico Sen. Tim Keller

Posted on: April 19th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Sen. Tim Keller

Sen. Tim Keller said in an email to supporters that he will not run for Congress next year. The Democratic state senator said that he will instead run for re-election in his current position.

“Many thanks to all of you that have been encouraging me to run for Congress,” Keller said in the email to supporters. “I greatly appreciate your enthusiasm!”

Keller represents part of Albuquerque in the New Mexico Senate.

The 1st Congressional District seat will feature an open seat race because current Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is running for U.S. Senate. Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced earlier this year he would not seek a sixth term in the position.

State Sen. Eric Griego, D-Albuquerque, has formed an exploratory committee to run for the position. State Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, and Terry Brunner, who heads the USDA Rural Development in New Mexico and was Bingaman’s former state director, are also considering running for the position.

Among Republicans, Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis has announced his candidacy and former state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones has formed an exploratory committee.

Albuquerque Councilor Lewis announces Congress bid

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Albuquerque city councilor Dan Lewis announced Sunday that he will run for Congress in the 1st Congressional District. Lewis is the first announced candidate for the seat.

Lewis, a Republican, announced the day after incumbent Martin Heinrich announced his intention to run for Senate. The business owner declared his candidacy in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that Lewis entered the race “to help small businesses, so they can create badly needed jobs, and to protect our nation and our people from those who wish us harm.”

The 1st Congressional District is in central New Mexico, based around Albuquerque, and is considered New Mexico’s swing district. Heinrich was the first Democrat to represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District and was reelected in 2010.

Lewis is the first announced candidate for the seat though two prospective candidates have formed exploratory committees.

ABQ city councilor Lewis may challenge Heinrich

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 by Paul No Comments

Albuquerque city councilor Dan Lewis announced this weekend that he is forming a congressional exploratory committee to potentially challenge Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich in 2012. The release says that the Republican is “seriously considering” a run at the 1st Congressional District seat held by Heinrich since 2008.

“I’ve heard from many people who believe we are not well represented in Congress. They want and we need a better choice than what we have right now. We need someone who understands the people who live, work, raise families, and go to school in our district,” Lewis said in a statement.

Lewis cited the health care bill and the recent vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts as reasons why he will run.

“In his first major vote since the November 2010 election, the incumbent congressman voted against extending critical tax cuts for New Mexican workers,” Lewis said. Heinrich voted against the package but had earlier said that he supported tax cuts for all those making under $250,000.

Lewis currently represents District 5, or Northwest Albuquerque. Before becoming a member of Congress, Heinrich served as a city councilor.

Heinrich defeated then-Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White in 2008 and businessman Jon Barela in 2010. Heinrich is the first Democrat to serve in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District.