Jacob Candelaria

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Jacob Candelaria
Member of the New Mexico Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
2013
Personal details
Born
Jacob Rodney Candelaria

1986/1987 (age 34–35)[1]
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kory Tillery
Alma materPrinceton University (A.B.) University of New Mexico School of Law (2016)
Websitewww.nmlegis.gov/...

Jacob Rodney Candelaria (born 1986 or 1987)[1] is an American politician and attorney from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who represents the 26th District in the New Mexico Senate. First elected in 2012, he is a member of the Democratic Party.[2]

No Republican filed for the seat in the solidly Democratic district, and Candelaria ran unopposed in the November general election.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Candelaria was born and raised in Albuquerque, brought up by a single mother, and he attended St. Pius X High School.[4] He then graduated with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2009 after completing a 102-page long senior thesis, titled "Contemporary Venezuelan Oil Policy: An Institutional Analysis", under the supervision of Stanley Katz.[5][6][7]

On graduating from Princeton, he returned to Albuquerque, working for Think New Mexico, the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee and Ben Lujan, the Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives.[8] In August 2011, he was appointed President and CEO of Equality New Mexico, the state's largest gay rights organization.[9]

Political career[edit]

On March 5, 2012, Candelaria announced his candidacy for the New Mexico Senate, seeking the Democratic nomination in the 26th district.[10] He was initially one of four Democrats to have filed for the seat, including incumbent Sen. Bernadette Sanchez. However, Sanchez abandoned her re-election bid on March 23, citing a desire to concentrate on her health.[11] Three days later, Steve D. Gallegos, a former Albuquerque City Councilman and Bernalillo County Commissioner, dropped his bid for the seat and endorsed Candelaria.[12]

The Democratic primary election held on June 5, 2012 was therefore a two-way fight between Candelaria and opponent Carlos Jose Villanueva. Candelaria took 69% of the vote, winning 1,835 votes to Villanueva's 828.[13]

On October 24, 2020, Candelaria denounced an anti-lockdown protest held at the New Mexico Capitol Building in a television appearance.[14] Following this, he received a number of anonymous threats via phone calls, with one including homophobic slurs and another saying that “we’re going to get you out one way or another", according to Candelaria.[14] In response to these threats, Candelaria fled his Albuquerque apartment and sought police protection.[14]

Personal[edit]

Candelaria is openly gay. He is the first gay man to serve in the New Mexico Legislature and only the second LGBT person, after state Senator Liz Stefanics.[3]

Candelaria's campaign won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "40 Under Forty: Under 30 honorees - Jacob R. Candelaria". Albuquerque Business Journal. June 12, 2015. Age: 28
  2. ^ "Progressive Dems Suffer Setback". Albuquerque Journal. June 7, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  3. ^ a b ""At the end of the day, it didn't make much of a difference to folks" — first openly gay man heading to the Roundhouse". Capitol Report New Mexico. June 20, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "ABQjournal: St. Pius Grad Beats the Odds and Is Readying for His Freshman Year at Princeton". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Editorial: Recommendations For New Mexico Senate". Albuquerque Journal. May 16, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  6. ^ "Running the Race". Princeton Alumni Weekly. October 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Candelaria, Jacob Rodney (2009). Contemporary Venezuelan Oil Policy: An Institutional Analysis (Thesis).
  8. ^ "About | Candelaria for State Senate". jacobcandelaria.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  9. ^ "EQNM Welcomes Jacob Candelaria as New President-CEO" (Press release). Democracy for New Mexico. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  10. ^ "Jacob Candelaria to Launch State Senate Run in Albuquerque". Democrats of Chaves County. March 7, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  11. ^ "Another lawmaker drops out; more could be kicked off ballot". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  12. ^ "Two-way race for Senate District 26". New Mexico Telegram. March 26, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  13. ^ "2012 primary results". Secretary of State of New Mexico. July 9, 2012. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  14. ^ a b c "New Mexico legislator flees home after receiving threats". AP NEWS. October 26, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  15. ^ "Gay man to become New Mexico's only out LGBT state legislator". Gaypolitics.com. June 5, 2012. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.

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