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Rick Miera To Run For Lt. Gov.

Rick Miera To Run For Lt. Gov.

Miera To Focus On Behavioral Health, Education

Former state representative Rick Miera on Monday announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor in 2018.

Miera, a Democrat and a retired behavioral health specialist, said he will bring a “wide range of every day and legislative experience with him on the campaign trail, including 40 years as a therapist, drug counselor, behavioral health advocate, and education champion.”

“I am running for lieutenant governor because New Mexicans deserve leaders who have the courage to make the bold decisions we need that will get our state moving again,” Miera said in announcing his candidacy. “We live in a state that is rich in resources, culture, history and a resilient ‘can do’ spirit. I will fight for policies that support our families, our communities and hardworking individuals, and will put facts ahead of political party or ideology.”

Miera said his priorities will be behavioral health and education.

“We need to stop having the jails be the center of behavioral health [treatment] and we need to focus on education and move away from testing to getting students prepared for the job market in high school,” Miera said.

During his 24 years as a state legislator, Miera pressed for an education agenda and promoted educational excellence for all New Mexico’s youth. He also fought against what he called the “corporate privatization” of the state’s public schools.

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

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