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ABQ Attorney Joins Congressional Race

ABQ Attorney Joins Congressional Race

Damian Lara Is An Albuquerque Attorney And Former Bernalillo County Deputy Assessor

A fourth Democrat has joined the race for the First Congressional District seat that is being vacated next year by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Damian Lara, an Albuquerque attorney and former Bernalillo County deputy assessor, announced his candidacy in a news release Tuesday as well as through an online video.

“I will fight for high-quality health care that is affordable for all and a better economy that creates better jobs for the middle class,” Lara said. “I will also work hard for better immigration policies that protect the economy but also protects family unity.

“I commit to fighting for a better criminal justice system, including in our tribal courts, as well as better educational opportunities and better infrastructure to Indian Country and rural New Mexico.”

Lara received a B.A. in political science and in philosophy from Brown University in 2001, according to his news release. Between 2001 and 2003 he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He received his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 2007, the release added.

Lara is currently the president of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association.

Lujan Grisham is giving up her congressional seat to run for governor next year.

Three other Democrats have announced for Lujan Grisham’s seat: Albuquerque City Councilor Patrick Davis, former state Democratic Party chair Debra Haaland, and former UNM law professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez.

The primary election will be held on June 5, 2018.

No Republicans have yet to announce for Lujan Grisham’s seat.

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

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