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Capitol Notebook: Political consultant joins House campaign

SANTA FE – A Milan-based political consultant with a familiar last name has joined the race to succeed Republican Steve Pearce in Congress.

David Lee Alcon, son of state Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon, D-Milan, is now among six Democrats seeking the nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, which covers the southern half of New Mexico.

David Lee Alcon

David Lee Alcon

“I think we need a liberal in Congress,” David Alcon said in an interview Tuesday. “I think I’m it.”

Alcon, 38, acknowledged in his campaign announcement that he’s had trouble with the law.

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In 2008, he was found guilty of aggravated stalking and criminal trespass, according to court records. A judge ordered the charges dismissed if Alcon completed a deferred sentence.

Alcon said that the charges were dismissed and that he’s changed.

“I had mental health issues, and have done everything I can do to manage them and work through them,” Alcon said. “… I feel like I’m myself again.”

Alcon has big ideas for the race. He wants to bring an NFL franchise to Belen, along with a Major League Soccer team, and he supports legalizing and taxing marijuana.

Alcon joins a wide-open race in the 2nd Congressional District. Pearce is running for governor rather than seek re-election to the U.S. House.

Besides Alcon, the Democratic candidates are former Las Cruces Fire Chief Adolf Zubia; David Baake, an attorney from Las Cruces; Tony Martinez, who retired after a career in the Army and pharmaceutical industry; Mad Hildebrandt, an adjunct college instructor from Socorro; and Ronald Fitzherbert, the risk and compliance manager at a Las Cruces health clinic.

The Republican candidates are Carlsbad pharmacist Jack Volpato; former Hobbs Mayor Monty Newman; state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn of Mountainair; and state Rep. Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo.

That’s 10 candidates altogether running to succeed Pearce.

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But an even bigger group is campaigning in the 1st Congressional District, where Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is bypassing a re-election bid to run for governor. She and Pearce, of course, could end up facing each other in a general election matchup next year, assuming they each win their party’s nominations.

In any case, 11 candidates are running for the Albuquerque-based seat now held by Lujan Grisham – nine Democrats and two Republicans.

Add in the open race for governor and it’s looking like 2018 is going to be an important election season for New Mexico.

Dan McKay: dmckay@abqjournal.com

 


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