Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Tuesday announced she has filed to run to replace term-limited Gov. Susana Martinez (R) in 2018.
Previously, “Lujan Grisham served as a Bernalillo County Commissioner. She also spent 16 years as a Cabinet Secretary for three different Governors and started her own small business.”
Lujan Grisham, in a video announcement: “[A]fter too many years of being pushed backwards, it’s no wonder why so many have given up on our state government. … But for the last six years with a governor who refused to acknowledge the problems even exist … we haven’t been able to solve anything.” (release)
Lujan Grisham is “the first member of either major political party to announce plans to run for governor.”
“Lujan Grisham spent nearly $1.9 million in her recent congressional race. She had $74,490 cash on hand listed in her last campaign finance report. One potential primary rival, state Attorney General Hector Balderas, has more than $490,000 in his campaign treasury, according to his most recent report, filed in October. A possible Republican contender, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez has more than $280,000.” (Santa Fe New Mexican)