SANTA FE — A second Democrat is entering the race to challenge Sen. Greg Baca in a district that covers parts of Valencia and Bernalillo counties.
Belen business owner Paul A. Baca announced his campaign this week and is set to compete for the Democratic nomination against Dick Wilkinson, the chief information security officer for the state court system.
Paul Baca said he has deep roots in the district and can trace his family in the area back 400 years. He isn’t related to Greg Baca, the incumbent senator.
Baca is president and CEO of the Valley Improvement Association, a land and homeowners association that manages 61,000 acres in Valencia County. He also owns Young Baca’s convenience store, restaurant and gas station in Belen.
Baca, 54, said he has a good understanding of the community and would work to ensure adequate funding for schools and police. Promoting economic development and bringing high-paying jobs to the area are also priorities, he said.