LAS CRUCES — Evelyn Madrid Erhard, a Mesilla Democrat, said Wednesday she will seek New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District seat in the 2012 elections.
Madrid Erhard, 56, becomes the first Democrat to announce her candidacy. Rep. Steve Pearce, a Hobbs Republican, currently serves as the state’s congressional representative for the second district.
Madrid said she sees a real need for Congress to refocus on the needs of 99 percent of Americans. Creating jobs, strengthening public education, making health care affordable, and fighting to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are some of the issues she said she would direct her energies on.
She said former longtime Congressman Joe Skeen and Pearce, both Republicans, never protected the interests of southern New Mexicans. Madrid Erhard claimed their agenda was to take care of their own interests and the interests of the wealthiest Americans. She promised to listen to voters and to fight for what they need from Congress.
Madrid Erhard considers herself a lifetime student of politics. She has been influenced by Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the plight of migrant workers.
Madrid Erhard has spent most of her life in Dona Ana County. She taught communication, composition, and critical thinking for many years at Dona Ana Community College and New Mexico State University, and to soldiers at White Sands Missile Range. She was a small-business owner for six years, selling folk art.
She considers herself well connected to NMSU staff and faculty.
Madrid Erhard intends to open campaign headquarters shortly in Las Cruces. A campaign website, www.evelynforcongress.com, is anticipated to be available later this week on the Internet. In the meantime, more information can be found on Madrid Erhard’s public Facebook page, at: www.facebook.com/?!/profile.php?id100002671835540Madrid.
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