SANTA FE – New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn on Monday cited unfinished business and political pragmatism as reasons for his decision to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race, which could pave the way for former Gov. Gary Johnson to take his place on the November ballot.
In making his withdrawal from the race official, Dunn acknowledged the decision likely signals the end of his political career.
“I’m not that good of a politician – I believe in doing what’s right and not trying to get votes,” Dunn said in an interview.
He also cited a need to focus on the final months of his four-year term as land commissioner, which expires at the end of this year. In particular, he said, his goals include completing a land exchange with the Navajo Nation and keeping an eye on disputes over water rights in southeastern New Mexico.