SANTA FE, N.M. — Add Santa Fe District Attorney Marco Serna’s name to the list of people considering running for the congressional seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who on Monday announced he would seek the U.S. Senate seat being ceded by Sen. Tom Udall.
Serna, a Democrat, said in a statement: “I will be meeting with family, supporters, and constituents this week about the potential of running for U.S. Congress, and will update northern New Mexicans about our decision.”
The son of well-known northern New Mexico political figure Eric Serna, Marco Serna, 36, was elected district attorney in 2016.
Also, rancher Michael Lucero of the Jemez Springs area, who got 5.8 percent of the vote as the Libertarian candidate for state land commissioner last year, posted on Face book that he has made a “preliminary decision” to run for Luján’s 3rd Congressional District seat, again as a Libertarian.
His post said northern New Mexico needs an independent voice that “won’t just play red vs blue politics.”
On Monday, District 40 state Rep. Joseph Sanchez, of Alcalde, and Mark McDonald, of Raton, a business developer for a medical helicopter company who ran for a state House seat last year both Democrats announced they would run for the 3rd District seat. Several others have said they may jump into the race.
State Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, said Tuesday, in response to Journal questions, that he won’t be running for the congressional seat.