SANTA FE — A first-term state representative has all but ruled out mounting a primary challenge against embattled state Sen. Richard Martinez.
Rep. Susan Herrera, D-Embudo, who had considered challenging Martinez, said she has decided to focus on the needs of the House district she represents — and specifically on water projects and other infrastructure improvements.
“My plate is full,” Herrera said in an interview. “I want to concentrate on the job I have.”
Herrera last year knocked off long-term Democratic incumbent Debbie Rodella of Española in the primary election. She had been considering a similar challenge against Martinez, who has not shown for up for any legislative hearings since being arrested on aggravated DWI and reckless driving charges on June 28.
But she said taking on an incumbent lawmaker is no easy task and said she believes Martinez, despite his legal troubles, has done a better job representing constituents than did Rodella, who served for 26 years in the House before being ousted last year.
All 112 House and Senate seats will be up for election in 2020. Martinez has not publicly discussed the drunken driving charges or whether he plans to seek re-election.