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Lujan Grisham Announces Gubernatorial Bid

The Democratic congresswoman is the first candidate to replace Susana Martinez.

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Zach C. Cohen
Dec. 14, 2016, 10:59 a.m.

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)

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