SANTA FE — Democrat Rebecca King-Spindle — the granddaughter of a former governor — is running for a seat in the state House, where she would represent a sprawling district that cuts across central New Mexico.
King-Spindle, a rancher from Stanley, announced her campaign Saturday, setting her up to challenge incumbent Matthew McQueen in the Democratic primary next year.
She is a member of the Moriarty school board.
King-Spindle said she would be a strong representative of a district that covers territory in four counties. House District 50 includes Eldorado, Lamy, Edgewood, Mountainair and the outskirts of Belen.
“I’ve lived here my whole life,” she said in an interview. “I have New Mexican values.”
King-Spindle said she would be an advocate for small businesses, education and public safety. She would give up her school board seat if elected.
“I’m very familiar with a lot of the challenges public schools in New Mexico are facing,” King-Spindle said.
She is the granddaughter of former Gov. Bruce King, the niece of former Attorney General Gary King and a cousin of former state Rep. Rhonda King.
McQueen, a lawyer from Galisteo, said he plans to seek re-election.
“I’ve spent five years working hard for the communities of House District 50, and I hope to be able to continue to do so,” he said Friday. “There is a new openness and optimism at the capitol, and I want to be part of making sure our state government works for all New Mexicans — not just the powerful and entitled few.”