Steve Pearce To Run For Governor

Steve Pearce To Run For Governor

Pearce said his campaign will focus on education, economic growth and reducing crime and poverty.

Becomes First Republican To Announce For The Job

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce will announce today that he will run for governor in 2018, various news outlets reported.

Pearce, who has represented the state’s 2nd Congressional District for more than 12 years, will be the first Republican to enter the race. Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, is term-limited and will leave the job at the end of 2018.

Democratic congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that she will seek her party’s nomination for the governor’s job next year.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that Pearce said his campaign will focus on education, economic growth and reducing crime and poverty.

Other Republicans who have been mention as possible candidates include Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez.

Other Democrats who have announced for the governor’s race are former media executive Jeff Apodaca from Albuquerque, Sen. Joseph Cervantes from Las Cruces and Peter DeBenedittis, an activist from Santa Fe.

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

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