SANTA FE – Annie Chavez, a Democrat from Albuquerque, said Monday that she has halted her campaign for Congress because of health concerns.
Her departure leaves eight Democrats in the race – all seeking their party’s nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Chavez, who worked as an aide to then-Sen. Jeff Bingaman, said she dropped out “due to unforeseen health circumstances.”
“New Mexico voters,” she said, “deserve a candidate who can fight with every ounce of their being to boost our economy, ensure our kids are getting the great education they deserve, and create safer communities. Unfortunately, my recent health issues are not allowing me to put forth the effort that I believe is needed to serve New Mexicans in a way they deserve.”
The race is wide-open because Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, is campaigning for governor rather than re-election to the 1st Congressional District. Democrats have held the seat – which covers most of Albuquerque and the East Mountains – since 2009.