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Nordquist spending to catch up with Romero in Dist. 46

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According to the latest campaign finance reports from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, write in Democratic candidate for state representative for District 46 Heather Nordquist spent $7,302.39 of $6,617.07 in total contributions and Democratic candidate Andrea Romero spent $1,929 of a total of $11,200 in contributions.

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Nordquist covered the balance from her previous contributions she received in September, when she received $16,442.26 and spent $14,778.44.

Nordquist’s latest campaign finance report, filed Monday, showed her campaign was $3,311.88 in debt. Romero’s latest report shows no debt.

Romero’s report also shows she received a total of $4,500 in out of state funding.

On Sept. 21, Romero received a $500 donation from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America. On Sept. 22, Romero received $1,500 from Emily’s List, a political action committee that “ignites change by getting pro-choice Democratic women elected to office,” according to its web site. On Sept. 23, Romero received a $2,500 donation from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Monetary contributions for Nordquist totaled $6,507 in contributions, none of her contributors came from outside the state. All of her monetary contributions came from individuals, except for one, Santa Fe Dog, LLC, which contributed $50 to her campaign.

Nordquist and Romero’s campaign heated up after the June 5 primary, when Nordquist questioned Romero’s ties to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and her role there as executive director. Financial discrepancies in two audit reports, one from Los Alamos County, and one from the state auditor’s office, faulted Romero’s and Los Alamos County (the coalition representative assigned to oversee the coalition’s books) management of the coalition’s travel and food expenses.

“I thought the people of the 46th District deserved a better choice, given the ethical challenges of the presumed winner,” Nordquist said when she announced her bid for office in July.

In an Aug. 18 Los Alamos Monitor article said she did not knowingly violate any of the county’s or RCLC’s reimbursement policies, and that reports from a county independent investigator and the state auditor’s office showed that.

I’m deeply, terribly sorry for any of the improper re-imbursement requests and have taken full responsibility for that and will continue to take responsibility for anything that is improper,” she said in an interview with the Los Alamos Monitor.

“I will continue working with not only the auditor but also the coalition and anyone else that would have been involved in any improper expenditure so that it’s paid back in full.”