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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.

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.

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: