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Another Dem Announces For First Congressional District

Another Dem Announces For First Congressional District

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez credited Trump's and Republicans' policies with her decision.

A former University of New Mexico law professor has become the second Democrat to announce a run for the First Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez said Thursday that she wants to challenge the policies of the Trump administration.

“As Republicans are making a mess of Congress, trying to defund Planned Parenthood and so many other vital programs in this country, and as we celebrate Earth Week and observe Sexual Assault Awareness month, I could not think of a better time to announce that I am answering the calls of our community and I will run for Congress,” Sedillo Lopez said.

“President Trump has ushered in a green light for intolerance and division that will set our community back – and set our nation back – decades. I know what it’s like to be discounted, dismissed and discriminated against because of the color of your skin.”

Sedillo Lopez is the second person to announce for the First District seat. Lujan Grisham said she will vacate the seat in order to run for governor in 2018.

Albuquerque City Councilor Patrick Davis announced his candidacy for the seat earlier this month.

Sedillo Lopez is the executive director of Enlace Comunitario, a social justice nonprofit that advocates for the rights of Latino immigrants. She spent 27 years as professor at UNM, including eight as director of Clinical Law Programs and associate dean for Clinical Affairs.

Sedillo Lopez is married to Victor S. Lopez, a state District Court judge.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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