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LAS CRUCES – The two women candidates in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District reached a similar conclusion in deciding to run for the seat long held by Republicans.
“We can’t sit on the sidelines anymore,” said Madeline Hildebrandt, an adjunct professor of history, Coast Guard veteran and resident of Socorro.
“Maybe it’s time for me not to be on the sidelines,” said Xochitl Torres Small, a native of Las Cruces and an attorney who worked as a field organizer for Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
Both are first-time candidates and among a record number of women seeking office this year. They’re in the race to succeed Republican Steve Pearce, who did not seek re-election to run for governor.