SANTA FE – Damon Martinez, a Democrat who resigned as U.S. attorney for New Mexico this year at the request of President Donald Trump’s administration, has entered the open 2018 race for an Albuquerque-based congressional seat.
Martinez, who officially launched his campaign Monday, will face a crowded field of candidates as there are now seven Democrats vying for the 1st Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The largely urban district was long viewed as a swing district but has been held by a Democrat for the past eight years. Lujan Grisham is running for governor next year and is not seeking re-election.
An Albuquerque native, Martinez led the local U.S. Attorney’s Office during a federal investigation into excessive force allegations against the Albuquerque Police Department that led to an eventual settlement agreement. He was one of 46 U.S. attorneys from around the country who resigned in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.