Big biz, unions back candidates

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Contributors to local House campaigns include oil and gas, Pharma

By Carol A. Clark

Money is streaming in from unions, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and health industry political action committees for two local candidates battling for the District 43 House seat.

The district encompasses Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.

The candidates released the numbers they’ve accrued in their campaign war chests through the most recent financial reports filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office.

Republican incumbent Jeannette Wallace declared $8,990 in campaign contributions and Democratic challenger Stephanie Richard reported $17,545.

Contributors to Wallace’s campaign include Navajo Refining Company, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Pfizer.

Backing Richard is Communications Workers of America, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO and the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local.

“What really stands out in this race is the fact that a Democratic challenger has raised roughly double that of the Republican incumbent in a year where the Democrats are supposed to be on the defensive, at least nationally … you can’t underestimate the effect of a quality challenger in these races,” said Associate Professor Timothy B. Krebs from the political science department at the University of New Mexico.

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