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Lieutenant governor primaries draw crowded field

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By Barry Massey

SANTA FE — There’s a wealth of public service and political experience among the five Democrats and three Republicans who want to become New Mexico’s lieutenant governor.

In the GOP race, all three candidates have served in the Legislature: Brian Moore, Kent Cravens and John Sanchez.

The Democratic lineup includes a former state party chairman, Brian Colon; a retired governmental agency administrator, Lawrence Rael; and three legislators — Jose Campos, Gerald Ortiz y Pino and Linda Lopez.

Because there’s no incumbent seeking re-election this year, it’s a crowded primary election field that features the most lieutenant governor candidates on the ballot since 1990, when six Democrats and two Republicans sought the office.

The office is open because Lt.  Gov. Diane Denish is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. Denish was elected twice on the Democratic ticket with Gov. Bill Richardson, who is term-limited and can’t seek re-election.

Winners of the June 1 primary election for lieutenant governor become the running mates of their party’s gubernatorial nominee.


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