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John Blair enters 3rd CD race

SANTA FE, N.M. — John Blair, who has worked for several prominent Democratic elected officials and most recently served as deputy New Mexico secretary of state, is running for the U.S. House in northern New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

“The families I grew up with on the south side of Santa Fe are getting shortchanged by Republicans in Congress and I refuse to stand by and watch it continue,” Blair said in a news release.

John Blair

Blair served in the Obama Administration in the Department of the Interior as director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs.

Blair also has worked for now-U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich when Heinrich was serving in the U.S. House; former Senator U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman; former state Supreme Court Justice Edward Chávez; and state Attorney General Hector Balderas when Balderas was state auditor.

He joined the staff of Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in December 2016. Blair resides in Santa Fe with his husband Billy.

In 2008, he ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat in Albuquerque.

The large Democratic field for the 3rd CD congressional seat also includes Taos environmental attorney Kyle Tisdel; former CIA agent and author Valerie Plame; Santa Fe District Attorney Marco Serna; Santa Fe attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez; state Rep. Joseph Sanchez of Alcalde; Sandoval County treasurer Laura Montoya; and Gavin Kaiser of Santa Cruz, founder and executive director at Oratory of Mystical Sacraments.

Republican Audra Lee Brown of Portales also is running.

Incumbent U.S. Rep Ben Ray Lujàn is running for U.S. Senate next year.