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Rep. Thomas Garcia To Leave House; Take On Fellow Democrat in Senate

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After being paired with a fellow House Democrat in redistricting, incumbent Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, has decided to leave the New Mexico House of Representatives to run in the primary election against longtime Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas.

Garcia’s decision brings the number of state legislators who are stepping down at the end of this year or running for other offices to 18 — 11 in the House and 7 in the Senate.

Today is filing day for all 112 legislative districts, as well as the Public Regulation Commission and other elected offices.

Other tidbits from filing day, which closes at 5 p.m.:

* Former Albuquerque state senator Shannon Robinson has filed to run as a Republican for his old Senate District 17 seat. Robinson, then a Democrat, was defeated by current Sen. Tim Keller in the 2008 primary election.

* Five candidates — four Republicans and one Democrat — have already filed to run in the new House District 68. That district, which encompasses several northwest Albuquerque neighborhoods, was created by merging two Roswell-based House districts.

* Several Albuquerque lawmakers have drawn primary opponents. That list includes Democratic Sen. Linda Lopez, who will be challenged by Jamai Haquani, and Democratic Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, who will be challenged by Cara Valente-Compton.

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