NM Attorney General to Run for Re-Election
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday ended a long-running speculation that he would run for governor next year by saying he won’t be in the race.
Instead, Balderas said he intends to run for re-election as AG.
“It has been an honor to serve New Mexico and I plan on running for re-election next year in order to continue to fight for our state,” Balderas said in a statement. He added that he wants to continue using the AG’s office to oppose President Donald Trump.
“Since the November election, my office has a new responsibility — to stand up for New Mexico against President Trump,” Balderas, a Democrat, said. “Already the Attorney General’s office has taken on President Trump’s administration twice, and we will continue to hold the administration accountable whenever necessary in order to protect the rights of all people who reside in our great state.”
So far, three people — Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, businessman Jeff Apodaca, and self-described political outsider Peter DeBenedittis — said they’ll seek the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination next year.
No Republicans have yet announced for governor.