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Keep San Juan open, Pearce urges

FARMINGTON – Republican gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will do everything he can to prevent the San Juan Generating Station and other coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area from closing.

Pearce made the commitment to keeping the power plant open during a meeting with local leaders and industry officials Thursday evening at the San Juan College School of Energy.

The generating station is primarily owned by the Public Service Company of New Mexico, which has announced plans to shutter the power plant in 2022.

Those plans have local leaders worried about the economic impact, including the loss of jobs and tax revenue.

After the meeting, Pearce said he would work to find potential buyers for the power plants.

Pearce says his background has prepared him to be governor

Pearce, a 70-year-old U.S. congressman, said the race for governor between him and Democratic candidate U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is about who can and will create the economic conditions that will allow New Mexico to flourish and create jobs.

Lujan Grisham has a background in law and has served as director of New Mexico’s Agency on Aging.