New Mexico elections, 2014

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A general election will be held in the U.S. state of New Mexico on November 4, 2014. All of New Mexico's executive officers are up for election as well as a United States Senate seat, and all of New Mexico's three seats in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections were held on June 3, 2014.

Governor[edit]

Incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

Four Democrats ran for their party's nomination: Attorney General of New Mexico Gary King,[2] State Senator Linda M. Lopez,[3] State Senator Howie Morales,[4] former State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency Lawrence Rael[5] and businessmanAlan Webber.[6] King won the primary with 35% of the vote.[7]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Unlike most states, in New Mexico, the candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected in separate primaries. The winning candidates then run together on the same ticket.

Incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez is running for re-election to a second term.[1]

Deb Haaland is running for the Democrats. Marie Julienne had been running, but was disqualified.[8] Chocolatier Chuck Higgins had also been running, but he withdrew.[9]

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Gary King is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office. He is instead running for Governor.[1]

Hector Balderas, the State Auditor of New Mexico, is the only Democrat running.[1] In January 2013, former Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks formed an exploratory committee, but he suspended his campaign in July, citing poor fundraising.[10][11]

Former Las Cruces Chief Deputy District Attorney and former Third Judicial District judge Susan Riedel was unopposed for the Republican nomination.[1] Attorney Jim Baiamonte had been running, but he withdrew from the race. Matthew Chandler, the former District Attorney for the 9th Judicial District and Republican nominee for Attorney General in 2010, had considered running again, but instead resigned as district attorney and opened a private law practice.[12][13]

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver is running against her.[1]

Treasurer[edit]

Incumbent Democratic State Treasurer James B. Lewis is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.[1]

Former State Senator Tim Eichenberg and former Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico John Wertheim ran for the Democratic nomination.[1] Former Bernalillo County Treasurer Patrick Padilla had been running, but he was disqualified from the ballot after he failed to collect enough petition signatures. Wertheim raised the challenge and Padilla was disqualified after a district judge found he was 93 valid signatures short of the minimum requirement of 4,373. Padilla may appeal the ruling.[14] State Senator Tim Keller had considered running, but chose to run for State Auditor instead.[15] Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima also considered running, but decided not to.[16]

Democratic primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tim Eichenberg 59,683 52.72%
Democratic John Wertheim 53,523 47.28%
Totals 113,206 100%

Rick Lopez is the only Republican running.[1]

State Auditor[edit]

Incumbent Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office. He is instead running for Attorney General.[1] Democratic former State Auditor Domingo Martinez had been running,[18] but he withdrew from the race.[19]

Democrat Tim Keller and Republican Robert Aragon are the only candidates running.

Commissioner of Public Lands[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

Republican Aubrey Dunn is the only other candidate running.[1]

Public Regulation Commission[edit]

Three of the five seats on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission are up for election.

District 2 Republican incumbent Patrick Lyons is unopposed for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

District 4 Democratic incumbent Theresa Becenti-Aguilar is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1] Democrats Edward J. Michael and Lynda Lovejoy are also running.[1] No Republican filed to run for the seat.[1]

District 5 Republican incumbent Ben Hall, the current Chairman of the Commission, is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1] Democrats Donald L. Wolberg, Merrie Lee Soules and Sandy R. Jones are also running.[1]

Democrat Ken Miyagishima, the Mayor of Las Cruces, had considered running for a seat on the Commission, but decided not to.[16]

Public Education Commission[edit]

Seven of the ten seats on the New Mexico Public Education Commission are up for election. Five of the seats are up for regularly-scheduled elections. The other two are special elections following resignations.

District 2 incumbent Republican Millie Pogna, District 3 incumbent Democrat Carmie Lynn Toulouse, District 5 incumbent Democrat James F. Conyers and District 6 incumbent Democrat Gilbert Peralta are all running for re-election to a second term unopposed.[1]

District 7 incumbent Democrat Eugene Gant is not running for re-election to a second term. Democrat Patricia E Gipson is running unopposed.[1]

In the District 1 and District 4 vacancies, Democrats former State Representative Eleanor Chavez and former President of the American Federation of Teachers Karyl Ann Armbruster are running, respectively, against to-be-determined incumbents, who will be appointed to the office by Governor Martinez.[1][20]

United States Senate[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Senator Tom Udall is running for re-election to a second term.[21]

Businessman and candidate for Governor of New Mexico in 2010 Allen Weh.[22] defeated assistant district attorney and former Chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party David Clements[23][24] for the Republican nomination.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All of New Mexico's three seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "2014 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List". New Mexico Secretary of State. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "ABQJournal Online » Attorney General King To Run for Gov". Abqjournal.com. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  3. ^ October 11, 2012 (17 April 2013). "Sen. Lopez to run for governor". Abqjournal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Reichbach, Matthew (October 16, 2013). "State Sen. Morales jumps in gubernatorial race". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Boyd, Dan (November 16, 2013). "Politics Notebook: Fifth Democrat joining race for governor". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Terrell, Steve (October 25, 2013). "Santa Fe Democrat could shake up governor’s race". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "King vs. Martinez in NM governor race". Albuquerque Journal. June 4, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/failed-candidate-for-lieutenant-gov-challenges-democratic-rival/article_92afcfb4-742e-5382-b1df-3812809c4aba.html
  9. ^ http://www.capitolreportnewmexico.com/2013/01/chocolatier-from-santa-fe-runs-for-lt-governor-just-dont-call-him-a-liberal/
  10. ^ "Jason Marks looks at running for NM Attorney General". Capitol Report New Mexico. February 20, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jason Marks abandons race for NM attorney general". Albuquerque Journal. July 27, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "District Attorney Chandler resigning March 1". Clovis News Journal. January 20, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Former Martinez deputy Susan Riedel running for state attorney general". Las Cruces Sun-News. January 22, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Former Bernco treasurer now out of state race". Albuquerque Journal. April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sen. Linda Lopez prepares to run for governor". Santa Fe New Mexican. April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima nixed as next Doña Ana County manager". Las Cruces Sun-News. September 25, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "OFFICIAL RESULTS Primary Election - June 3, 2014". New Mexico Secretary of State. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.abqjournal.com/195493/politics/santa-fe-county-assessor-domingo-martinez-to-seek-state-auditor-post.html
  19. ^ http://roundhouseroundup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/domingo-wont-run-for-auditor.html
  20. ^ "Karyl Ann Armbruster Files For Public Education Commission District 4". Los Alamos Daily Post. March 11, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ "N.M. Sen. Tom Udall tries fundraising off energy ad targeting him". 
  22. ^ Terrell, Steve (January 8, 2014). "Weh's bid for Udall's seat heats up GOP Senate primary". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  23. ^ Nikolewski, Rob (October 16, 2013). "‘Constitutional conservative’ wants to take on NM Sen. Tom Udall". Watchdog.org. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ Peters, Joey (October 22, 2013). "Insurgency: Long-shot GOP candidate for Senate has unconventional message". Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 

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