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Two intend to challenge Romero in House District 46 race

SANTA FE, N.M. — It looks like the Democratic nominee for the House seat in District 46 will have some competition in the general election after all.

Lacking a Republican entrant in November’s general election, Andrea Romero was presumed to fill the seat after she defeated incumbent Carl Trujillo in the June 5 Democratic primary.

But on Friday, two others threw their hats into the ring.

Amadeo Ortiz, a Santa Fe County resident, collected enough signatures to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate, according to the Secretary of State’s website. And Heather Nordquist, a Democrat from El Rancho, signed on as a write-in candidate.

Nordquist supported Trujillo in the primary election. When he lost, she posted a message on her Facebook page saying that she had stepped down as vice-chair of her Democratic ward, “because I am not good at faking enthusiasm.”

Nordquist served as vice-president of the citizens group Northern New Mexico Protects, which through a public information request obtained information that raised questions about reimbursements Romero received while she was serving as executive director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.

As a result, Los Alamos County, the fiscal agent for the coalition, commissioned an investigation into the matter. The state Auditor’s Office also is conducting a special audit of the coalition’s bookkeeping.

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