This is the Journal’s recommendation in the contested Democratic 1st Congressional District primary. Six Democrats are running for the seat, which is currently held by U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. A Democrat, Lujan Grisham has chosen to run for governor rather than seek re-election. The 1st Congressional District includes almost all of Bernalillo County, all of Torrance County, and small portions of Sandoval, Valencia and Santa Fe counties.
The candidate emerging from the Democratic primary with the most votes will face off against Republican Janice Arnold Jones and Libertarian Lloyd Princeton in the November general election.
1st Congressional District
Damon Martinez – Democrat
Damon Martinez’s background, track record and willingness to tackle politically thorny issues head-on make him the right choice in the Democratic primary for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. Martinez is an Albuquerque native who earned a bachelor’s degree, Master of Business Administration and law degree from the University of New Mexico, and served as New Mexico’s U.S. attorney from 2014 to 2017.