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Trujillo Racked Up Debt for House Seat

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Carl Trujillo, headed to the Legislature to represent Santa Fe County’s House District 46, racked up nearly $39,000 in campaign debt in his efforts since 2010 to capture the seat.

Trujillo said Monday that the personal loans he made to his two District 46 campaigns — a narrow loss to House Speaker Ben Lujan in 2010 and his win in the June Democratic primary over Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, after Lujan didn’t seek re-election — show he’s “definitely committed” to the district’s residents and working hard for them.

His willingness to “pony up” for his campaign is evidence of that commitment, he said.

There is no Republican in the District 46 race. Lujan supported Coss after deciding not to run this year due to illness.

Post-election campaign reports that were due at the Secretary of State’s Office last week show that the Trujillo-Coss race was a costly one by local legislative standards.

Trujillo spent $71,336 on the race and Coss reported expenditures of $65,506.

Trujillo carried forward about $32,600 in debt from his 2010 Democratic primary race with Lujan, from loans he made to his campaign. He added additional loans during this year’s contest with Coss to make his total unpaid campaign debt $38,979, according to his report filed last week.

Trujillo, a businessman and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, reported raising $7,725 — including a $5,400 loan to the campaign the day before the June 5 primary — and spending about the same total since late May.

His donors included the Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman and Indall law firm of Santa Fe, J. Mersch Ward of Montrose, Colo., Diane Albert of Albuquerque and Alex Montaño of Santa Fe.

Coss’s contributions just before primary election day included $2,100 from designer Davis Sydney, $500 from the campaign committee of state Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, and $1,000 from Lujan’s campaign committee, which had also contributed earlier.

Coss also listed contributions of $250 from San Ildefonso Pueblo and $1,000 from Egolf’s committee that were dated after the primary.

Coss reported no debt or loans.

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