Capitol Notebook: Political consultant joins House campaign - Albuquerque Journal

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: dmckay@abqjournal.com

 

Home » ABQnews Seeker » Capitol Notebook: Political consultant joins House campaign


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Rio Rancho police looking for man who shot at ...
ABQnews Seeker
Rio Rancho police are looking for ... Rio Rancho police are looking for an 'armed and dangerous' man who they say fired at officers in a Walmart parking lot before fleeing ...
2
A trying time for trout
ABQnews Seeker
Wildfires prompt fish rescues in NM ... Wildfires prompt fish rescues in NM habitats
3
Arrest warrant issued after man fires large gun inside ...
ABQnews Seeker
Allen Salazar, 52, faces charges of ... Allen Salazar, 52, faces charges of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property and negligent use of a deadly weapon
4
Legislation expected to revive US technology
ABQnews Seeker
New CHIPS Act can help seed ... New CHIPS Act can help seed industry expansion in NM and elsewhere
5
Congress OKs Dems' climate, health bill, a Biden triumph
ABQnews Seeker
A divided Congress gave final approval ... A divided Congress gave final approval Friday to Democrats' flagship climate and health care bill, handing President Joe Biden a back-from-the-dead triumph on coveted ...
6
NM health order extended – with changes
ABQnews Seeker
Vaccine mandates, reporting have been modified Vaccine mandates, reporting have been modified
7
Election official says paper shortage won't impact NM ballots
2022 election
Outside ballot vendors assure state they ... Outside ballot vendors assure state they have enough paper for Nov. 8 general election
8
First baby gorilla born at ABQ BioPark Zoo in ...
ABQnews Seeker
Gender reveal will come when Mom ... Gender reveal will come when Mom Samantha lets keepers get a closer look at her baby
9
APD releases IDs, gives updates on six homicides in ...
ABQnews Seeker
Victims were three men and three ... Victims were three men and three women
10
First West Nile-positive mosquitos of 2022 detected in ABQ ...
ABQnews Seeker
Infected insects are expected to be ... Infected insects are expected to be around until 'a good, hard frost'