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Physicist joins race for open Congress seat in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. — Another Democrat is jumping into the race for an open congressional seat in central New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( ) physicist Dennis Dinge announced he is running for the state’s First Congressional District. The district covers the Albuquerque and east mountains area.

Former Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland, Albuquerque City Council member Pat Davis and law professor Antoinette Sedillo also have announced their intentions to seek the seat.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, an Albuquerque Democrat is stepping down to run for New Mexico governor. The open congressional race is expected to draw a number of candidates.

Dinge, who has worked at Sandia National Laboratories, became a New Mexico resident in 2006.

The South Carolina-raised scientist earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of North Carolina.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,