Capitol Beat: Ex-National Guard boss joins GOP race to succeed Pearce - Albuquerque Journal

Capitol Beat: Ex-National Guard boss joins GOP race to succeed Pearce

Andrew Salas, a former adjutant general of the New Mexico National Guard, is joining the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce next year.

Andrew Salas
Andrew Salas

Salas, a Republican from Socorro County, stepped down from commanding the National Guard in July.

He will compete against some well-known candidates for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District: state Rep. Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo, Carlsbad pharmacist Jack Volpato and former Hobbs Mayor Monty Newman.

Salas told El Defensor Chieftain – a sister paper to the Albuquerque Journal – that he realizes the race already includes high-quality candidates.

“However, I believe I have something that none of the other candidates have,” Salas said. “That’s a lifetime of leading teams to get things done. That’s been my role as a military man, which I believe will be a benefit to the citizens of southern New Mexico.”

The race is wide open because Pearce, a Republican, is running for governor rather than seeking re-election.

Six Democrats are also running for the seat, which has been held by a Republican for all but two of the past 27 years.

Gov. in Dallas: Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to Dallas this week for meetings of the Republican Governors Association.

She left late Tuesday and expects to return to New Mexico today.

The association is paying for her travel.

Martinez is a former chairwoman of the group, which supports Republican gubernatorial candidates.

Budget for DA: District Attorney Raúl Torrez, the top state prosecutor in Bernalillo County, is picking up bipartisan support for a budget increase.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez said last week that she will request an extra $6.5 million for the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, an increase of 33 percent over this year’s budget.

And state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, said he was glad to hear of the governor’s support.

“We must invest in keeping our communities safe,” he said.

Maestas and Martinez are both former prosecutors.

Maestas is also the co-chairman of a bipartisan legislative committee examining ways to combat New Mexico’s rising crime rate.

Dan McKay: dmckay@abqjournal.com

 


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

Nativo Sponsored Content

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Congress should support Heinrich's Local Radio Freedom Act
From the newspaper
Many rely on free radio for ... Many rely on free radio for critical alerts, along with entertainment, news and weather
2
Emissions fixes vital before Intel expansion
From the newspaper
Neighbors seek new equipment, more rigorous ... Neighbors seek new equipment, more rigorous permit
3
Michael Garfield opening show at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery
Entertainment
Michael Garfield's life is about striking ... Michael Garfield's life is about striking a balance.The Santa Fe-based musician is bal ...
4
COVID hospitalizations most since first of year
ABQnews Seeker
Patients lashing out at health care ... Patients lashing out at health care workers over long wait times
5
Photo of gun in backpack stirs fears at La ...
ABQnews Seeker
Parents, students assail school stance on ... Parents, students assail school stance on matter
6
Operation Holiday Cheer: Send season's greetings to NM veterans
ABQnews Seeker
Let them know we appreciate their ... Let them know we appreciate their service for our country – or for caring for the home's residents
7
BCSO deputies fatally shoot man
ABQnews Seeker
Domestic violence report precedes foot chase, ... Domestic violence report precedes foot chase, fight with deputies on West Side
8
Lobo men, Denver to play for first time since ...
College
If Monday night's game against New ... If Monday night's game against New Mexico State didn't do the trick, maybe Thursday's opponent can f ...
9
Point guard Duff has a case as team MVP ...
College
LaTora Duff didn't grab too many ... LaTora Duff didn't grab too many headlines for the University of New Mexico women's basketball team ...