5 Candidates File Ballot Signatures

Libertarian did not field a candidate by the deadline, threatening its major-party status.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 7, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) and Steve Pearce (R), former media executive Jeff Apodaca (D), state Sen. Joe Cervantes (D), and alcohol addiction prevention activist Peter DeBenedittis (D) filed to run for governor on Tuesday, according to New Mexico Secretary of State records. (Hotline reporting)

Candidates had “until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to turn in declarations and signatures so that they appear on the 2018 primary election ballot in June. Candidates for statewide office must also submit a financial disclosure form that includes sources of annual income over $5,000.”

“The Libertarian Party has no candidate for governor of New Mexico as a primary-election deadline passes, complicating efforts to maintain major party status in November elections. … The Secretary of State’s Office says the party must win 5 percent of the vote in a gubernatorial or presidential election to maintain major party status. Agency spokesman Joey Keefe says a Libertarian candidate for governor still can file as a write-in contender.” (AP)


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