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Primary could usher in exit of old guard lawmakers

By Steve Terrell | The New Mexican The primary election Tuesday could mean a changing of the old guard in the state Legislature. Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico’s longest-serving lawmaker with 44 years in office, is facing a primary opponent who’s a half-century younger. Democratic Reps. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, 81, of Santa Fe 

Candidate claims endorsement group says they didn’t give

By Matthew Reichbach | NM Political Report A conservation group that makes endorsements each election cycle says one candidate is claiming an endorsement she did not receive. Mailer from Lechuga-Tena claiming an endorsement from Conservation Voters New Mexico. The organization says they did not endorse her. Conservation Voters New Mexico and the related Conservation Voters 

District 22 candidate Sandra Jeff named to ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

By Bernie Dotson | Sun Correspondent Group calls Jeff bad on environmental issues SANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mexico and the national League of Conservation Voters announced May 31 that Sandra Jeff, a former member (District 5) of the New Mexico House of Representatives, has been named to the “Dirty Dozen in the States” 

PAC ads take aim at PRC candidate Montoya

By Sandra Fish | New Mexico In Depth Conservation Voters New Mexico’s Verde Voters Fund is spending more than $26,000 to defeat Democratic incumbent Public Regulation Commissioner Karen Montoya. The group is criticizing her support of Public Service Company of New Mexico. Montoya faces Cynthia Hall in the District 1 PRC race, which is based 

Four vying for Senate District 39 nomination

By Steve Terrell | The New Mexican Four Democrats are competing in the June 7 primary for the nomination to replace former Sen. Phil Griego, who resigned last year in the midst of an ethics scandal. Three of the candidates in Senate District 39 — Liz Stefanics, Mike Anaya and Hugh Ley — were two-term 

Conservation Voters NM endorses area politicos

By Bernie Dotson | Sun Correspondent SANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based political nonprofit, is formally endorsing incumbents Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, of the New Mexico Senate, and, D. Wonda Johnson, D-Church Rock, of the state’s House of Representatives, officials announced May 10. “(CVNM) continues its efforts to build a strong 

Power plant decision looms large in PRC contest

By Steve Terrell | The New Mexican The only contested race for a seat on the state Public Regulation Commission is a rematch, and the challenger is hitting the incumbent hard with allegations of being deferential to New Mexico’s largest utility company. Karen Montoya Age: 51 Party: Democrat Education: Graduated from Del Norte High School, 

Jemez incumbent faces Navajo opponent

By Deborah Baker | Journal Staff Writer SANTA FE – The huge swath of northwestern New Mexico that makes up Senate District 22 is largely Indian country, and the Democratic primary race this year features an incumbent from Jemez Pueblo and a Navajo challenger. Sen. Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, who is wrapping up his first, 

Julia Goldberg interviews Ben Shelton

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CVNMAF Endorses in Three Grant County Commission Races

Grant County Beat Santa Fe, NM – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), via its coordinated political action committee CVNM Action Fund (CVNMAF), continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work for resilient New Mexico families and sustainable communities. CVNMAF has endorsed three