Today, Karen Whitlock will be filing paperwork with the Grant County Clerk for the June 2 Primary Election. Should she get the necessary votes to secure the nomination, her name will appear on the November General Election Ballot.

“ I just couldn’t sit by and see this important seat being uncontested by a Democrat. Win or lose, it is critical that our ideas and perspectives are heard.” Karen says. “I was surprised no one filed last week, and decided to step up and run as a write-in candidate. I believe our community needs someone in the state House that is focused on the issues our community wrestles with every day. I'm running to make sure our families can afford quality health care, enroll their kids in excellent schools, and participate in a workforce with diverse job opportunities."

Karen Whitlock has shown the popularity of these ideas in the district and has steadily built a wide base of support. Karen ran in 2016, narrowly losing the Democratic Primary to Mary Hotvedt, and in 2018 earned 46% of the vote in the general election against incumbent Rebecca Dow.

Karen is an educator and social worker. She works as an advocate for the National Association of Social Workers. She has taught at Western New Mexico University and Cobre High School, and previously as a member of the environmental department with Phelps Dodge.

“My goal as your representative will be to make sure the NM Legislature puts communities first. I will help our state do that by prioritizing health care, education, good jobs, and the economy,” affirms Karen. “Democrats, please help me do that by writing in my name, Karen Whitlock, on your June Primary ballot.”