In this category, you will find announcements and photos of candidates for office in November 2022

Raul D. Villanueva announces candidacy for Sheriff

r villanuevaMy name is Raul D. Villanueva. I am a Democratic candidate for the office of Grant County Sheriff. I believe that I am qualified for this position, in part because I have served the citizens of Grant County in law enforcement for nearly three decades.

About ten years of that time has been as the Grant County Sheriff. However, there is more to being sheriff than simply having time in office. I believe that a sheriff should not only be a successful and experienced law enforcement officer, but he or she should be a community leader, a leader who works for the betterment of the county. The sheriff should work with local businesses, he should establish relationships with community agencies and he should actively be involved with activities that affect our children. I was that leader and I will be this leader again once elected.

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Luis Terrazas announces bid for re-election to NM District 39

luis terrazas 2022Silver City – State Representative Luis Terrazas today announced his bid for reelection to the New Mexico House of Representatives District 39. The layout of the district has significantly changed for the House District 39, following the redistricting Special Session in 2021. Despite changes to the district, Rep. Terrazas is confident that he will continue to represent the values and needs of the community.

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Democrat Karen Whitlock files for House District 39

Democrat Karen Whitlock today filed for candidacy for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 39.

Whitlock is a social worker and adjunct professor in the Western New Mexico University School of Social Work, where she serves as a Mental Health Crisis Team Member. She has also worked as a Waste Management Coordinator/Associate Environmental Engineer with Phelps Dodge Tyrone, Inc. Whitlock has served on the Steering Committee of the Grant County Community Health Council; as the New Mexico State Social Work Workforce Development and Study Team Lead for Workforce Enhancement Team; as Board Secretary of the Community Partnership for Children, Grant County, New Mexico; as Co-Leader of Grant County Economic Development and Stop Poverty Coalition; as Senior Warden of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Silver City; and as a member of the Rotary Community Service Club, Silver City.

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Peggy Muller-Aragón gathers necessary signatures to be on Lt. Governor Republican primary ballot

Albuquerque - Peggy Muller-Aragón announces her campaign for NM Lt. Governor will move forward as Peggy and her team have gathered the signatures needed to be on the Republican ballot for the June 7th primary. Peggy Muller-Aragón, Vice-President of the APS Board of Education, announced her bid for Lt. Governor in late January and has worked non-stop since then to gather signatures, rally her supporters, and raise the funds necessary to carry out an effective campaign.

"In less than a week's time our team gathered the signatures I needed to remain a candidate," Peggy said. "We are humbled by the outpouring of support we received from many New Mexicans, who placed their confidence in our team and wanted to see Peggy on the ballot. Our supporters know we live in a great state, inhabited by wonderful people who want their children to receive a quality education, who want to live in safe cities, have access to good-paying jobs, look toward a prosperous future, and know we are all equally deserving of living the American Dream."

Percentage correction: New Mexico Republican Delegates at Pre-primary State Convention Elect Slate of Candidates for June 2022 Primary Election

Ruidoso, NM, February 26-- Today nearly 1,000 Republicans from around New Mexico took part in the RPNM Pre-Primary State Convention. Hundreds of delegates, selected from their counties to attend the Convention, elected Primary candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and New Mexico's three Congressional seats for New Mexico's June 7, 2022 Primary Election. Candidates for four statewide offices were unopposed.

The votes capped an exciting and successful Pre-Primary State Convention administered by Convention Chair and RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce. The Convention included speeches by the 16 candidates.

Voters decided that the following candidates will be placed on the Republican Primary slate for the June 7 Primary Election:

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Frank Gomez announces for re-election as Sheriff

frank gomezAfter having served as your elected Sheriff since January 2019, I am announcing my candidacy for re-election. The last three years have presented many challenges for our communities and the nation. I have maintained my commitment to improving the quality of life in our county and with your support will continue to do so. My team has worked tirelessly to bring transparency, accountability and professionalism to the Sheriffs Office, as "l" alone am not responsible for the progress we've made. We are dedicated to serving the communities and people of Grant County as you would expect - With excellence in service to you, your families, friends and neighbors. I along with my team hope to continue providing the leadership, support and motivation which has proven effective in making the Grant County Sheriff's Office a respected beacon of light for all to see.

I therefore humbly ask for your support in re-election to the Office of Sheriff, to which I commit myself in maintaining the highest of standards and excellence in our service to you. Together, we can all make a difference.

Jeremy Gay, local Gallup veteran, running for NM Attorney General

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jeremy Gay, Republican Marine Veteran, filed today to run for New Mexico attorney general in the upcoming Jun. 7 primary elections.

"I'm excited to start my campaign," said Gay, "and begin talking with my fellow New Mexicans about my vision for the future of our great state. New Mexico needs new, strong leadership in the Attorney General's Office. For too long we've been led by career politicians that have put themselves ahead of the people they are supposed to represent. We deserve better than that."

Jeremy earned his law degree from Ave Maria Law School in Naples, Florida. He later transitioned to active-duty military service as a United States Marine Corps Officer and judge advocate. While on active duty, Jeremy served as a federal military justice criminal trial attorney, managed a legal assistance office, served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and honorably carried out all of his additional duties and obligations as a Captain of Marines.

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Isabella Solis announces candidacy for NM Lt. Governor

isabella solis for nm lt govFormer Dona Ana County Commissioner, Isabella Solis, has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Govern

Solis stated, "I'm convinced New Mexico is in trouble, and we're running out of time."

Solis continued, "New Mexico is ranked the 44th worst economy among all the states in the country. We have the 45th worst infrastructure. We're the 47th worst state for crime and safety, 49th for the opportunity to succeed, and worst of all, we're 50th in the nation when it comes to educating our children.

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