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)