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Pearce to Run for Governor

The Republican is giving up a seat that voted for Trump by 10 points.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 10, 2017, 10:37 a.m.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R), “who has rep­res­en­ted New Mex­ico’s 2nd Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict for over 12 years, will an­nounce his cam­paign for gov­ernor today. … Pearce’s an­nounce­ment makes him the first Re­pub­lic­an to jump in­to the … race.”

Pearce said “he’s con­cerned about an ex­odus of young people from New Mex­ico. He said they’re leav­ing to seek jobs and a bet­ter qual­ity of life else­where. Pearce said his gubernat­ori­al plat­form will con­tain four planks: im­prov­ing edu­ca­tion, re­du­cing crime, spur­ring eco­nom­ic growth and re­du­cing poverty. … Pearce said his ex­per­i­ence as a mem­ber of Con­gress, a New Mex­ico state sen­at­or and an ex­ec­ut­ive in the state’s oil in­dustry has pre­pared him for the gov­ernor’s job.”

Pearce: “We could have pretty well cruised in the 2nd Dis­trict, but at the end of the day, if New Mex­ico fails while we are get­ting some suc­cesses in D.C. then that’s a prob­lem.” (Al­buquerque Journ­al)

“Pearce’s can­did­acy of­fers New Mex­ico voters a Vi­et­nam War-era vet­er­an and former oil man with a con­ser­vat­ive vot­ing re­cord dur­ing sev­en terms in Con­gress. … Con­ser­vat­ives have long been drawn to Pearce’s his fisc­al con­ser­vat­ism, his sup­port for gun own­er­ship rights, and his op­pos­i­tion to abor­tion rights and the leg­al­iz­a­tion of gay mar­riage.” (AP)

De­clared can­did­ates for his con­gres­sion­al seat in­clude at­tor­ney Dav­id Baake (D) and vet­er­an Tony Mar­tinez (D).

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