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Democrat Cervantes Is “All in” to Run in 2018

GOP Lt. Gov. John Sanchez says he’ll make a decision after the budget.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 23, 2017, 11:08 a.m.

State Sen. Joe Cer­vantes (D) says, “I am all in” top run for gov­ernor in 2018 “and says he will make a form­al entry in­to the con­test in April.”

“Already the big ques­tion hov­er­ing over the state Sen­at­or is how much of his con­sid­er­able per­son­al wealth he will put at risk in pur­su­ing the nom­in­a­tion. … The at­tor­ney, a 12 year House mem­ber who was elec­ted to the Sen­ate from Dona Ana County in 2012 and re-elec­ted in ‘16, is ex­pec­ted to run as a mod­er­ate Demo­crat, pit­ting him against what is ex­pec­ted to be a more lib­er­al cam­paign from” Rep. Michelle Lu­jan Grisham (D).

“A men­tion of a pos­sible Cer­vantes can­did­acy has drawn chuckles from some long­time polit­ic­al ob­serv­ers who re­mem­ber his past tent­at­ive­ness in de­cid­ing wheth­er to get in big state races. But he says this time there will be no hes­it­a­tion.” (Joe Mo­n­ahan’s New Mex­ico)

HERE’S THE SITU­ATION. Lt. Gov. John Sanc­hez (R) “said he wants to help the state get through the cur­rent ‘budget situ­ation’ be­fore he de­cides his next polit­ic­al move.”

Sanc­hez this week: “All I can tell you is that I will con­tin­ue to serve New Mex­ico. … Wheth­er it’s as Gov­ernor or a U.S. Sen­at­or or whatever role that I feel makes the biggest dif­fer­ence for New Mex­ico fam­il­ies.” (Ruid­oso News)

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