Lujan Grisham entered the race just a week after U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said he would remain in the Senate and not seek the state Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday officially entered New Mexico’s 2018 gubernatorial race.
The three-term Albuquerque Democrat announced her candidacy in a web video and became the first candidate to enter the race. In her announcement, the 57-year-old Lujan Grisham took shots at Gov. Susan Martinez, a Republican who is barred from seeking a third term.
“We all know the challenges we face in New Mexico,” Lujan Grisham said. “The second highest unemployment rate in the country, struggling schools, persistent poverty and high addiction rates, and there are far too many seniors and families who are afraid for their safety and feel left behind by the failed policies of the last six years.
“We won’t solve our problems overnight. It’s why this is a beginning. But for the last six years with a governor who refused to acknowledge the problems even exist – we haven’t been able to solve anything.”
Lujan Grisham entered the race just a week after U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said he would remain in the Senate and not seek the state Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination.
Other Democrats who have been mentioned as possible gubernatorial candidates include New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, and Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber.
Possible Republican candidates include Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce.